Enbridge Energy Partners Expands East TX Gathering System

Enbridge Energy Partners announced plans to expand its East Texas Gas Gathering System by constructing three lateral pipelines into Haynesville Shale producing areas in East Texas together with an additional large diameter lateral from Shelby County to Carthage, Texas. The Haynesville Shale expansion is expected to increase the Partnership's takeaway capacity from Shelby, Nacogdoches and San Augustine counties to 900 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d).

"We have secured commitments of more than 400 mmcf/d and additional acreage commitments of more than 50,000 acres. We are also in negotiations with other producers who are expected to aggressively drill in the Haynesville play in the East Texas region and fully expect this new capacity to be filled based on producer plans," said Terrance L. McGill, president of the Partnership's management company and of its general partner. "The Haynesville Shale Project will improve the takeaway capacity options for Haynesville Shale producers, and further positions the Partnership for continued strategic growth in this developing major natural gas production region."

The project, to be constructed at an estimated cost of $141.8 million, includes approximately 50 miles of 16-inch to 24-inch diameter pipe, all in Shelby, Nacogdoches and San Augustine counties, as well as an additional 38-mile, 24-inch lateral from Shelby County to Carthage. The project may also include a treating facility and additional compressor units to boost capacity out of the area.