North Texas natural gas pipeline ruptured, 250 MMCFPD curtailed

Source: Enterprise Products Partners

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) reported that its partially-owned North Texas natural gas pipeline was ruptured on the afternoon of June 7, 2010 in rural Johnson County, Texas approximately 15 miles south of Godley, Texas. 

The damaged section of pipe was isolated to stop the flow of natural gas and taken out of service. Initial reports cite the incident was caused by the pipeline being struck by a contractor that was working for a local electric utility. The incident is under investigation. 

The North Texas pipeline is a 36-inch, 395-mile segment of natural gas pipeline which extends from the Waha hub in West Texas to the Carthage hub in East Texas. The pipeline has the capacity to transport approximately 800 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Service curtailments as a result of the incident are approximately 250 million cubic feet per day. Enterprise owns a 50 percent interest in and operates this segment of the North Texas pipeline. 

Once the investigation is completed, repairs to the pipeline are expected to be completed in three to four days.

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