Gulfstream To Begin Offshore Pipeline

Gulfstream Natural Gas System, L.L.C., will begin laying 36-inch diameter steel pipe offshore near the coast of Alabama later this week. The effort is the beginning of a four-month process that will result in 433 miles of pipe laid in the Gulf of Mexico connecting Alabama to Florida.

"We are moving full speed ahead. We will be laying offshore pipe with one of the most sophisticated semi-submersible pipelay barges in the world, laying 3-4 miles of pipe per day from July 1 through the end of October," said Nancy Schultz, Gulfstream senior vice president and general manager of technical functions.

Once complete, the $1.6 billion Gulfstream system will be the largest pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, with capacity to transport approximately 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. It is also the first new natural gas transportation system to serve Florida in more than 40 years.

The pipeline will extend from Mississippi and Alabama across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. It is designed primarily to serve Florida utilities and power-generation facilities that will use high-efficiency natural gas turbines to meet the increasing demand for electric energy.


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