El Paso Garners Permits for Sonora LNG Project

El Paso Corporation, through a wholly owned subsidiary, and DKRW Energy LLC have received three key environmental permits for their proposed joint venture liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline facilities in Sonora, Mexico. The permits obtained include environmental authorizations issued by the Mexican Federal Ministry of the Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) for the project's terminal and pipelines and a land-use permit for the terminal issued by SEMARNAT and the National Forest Commission.

"Securing these environmental permits demonstrates strong support from the local communities and the Mexican government, both local and federal, of the Sonora Terminal and Pipeline project and completes an important milestone for the project," said Steve Beasley, president of El Paso's Eastern Pipeline Group. "These LNG facilities, which will provide low-cost market access to natural gas markets in northwest Mexico and the southwest United States, will not only aid Sonora's economic growth, but will contribute favorably to the overall environmental balance in the region."

The Sonora Terminal and Pipeline project will include an LNG receipt, storage, and regasification facility and a natural gas pipeline system that will provide natural gas to the State of Sonora as well as southwest United States. El Paso and DKRW are now working with UBS Securities LLC to identify potential suppliers.

El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient, and dependable manner. The company owns North America's largest natural gas pipeline system and one of North America's largest independent natural gas producers.

DKRW is a Houston, Texas based clean energy development company with more than 50 years of combined experience in the development of large energy infrastructure projects around the world. DKRW is focused on moving the market for energy forward into clean, market competitive resource options designed to meet North America's energy needs.