El Paso's Elba Express Gas Pipeline Now in Service

El Paso Corporation announced that its subsidiaries, Southern LNG, Inc. and Elba Express Company, L.L.C., have placed in service two significant projects, the expansion of the Elba Island LNG receiving terminal near Savannah, Georgia and the new Elba Express Pipeline in eastern Georgia, respectively.

"These two projects represent approximately $900 million of capital investment in critical new natural gas infrastructure which will be used to meet the needs of consumers and provide new sources of natural gas for the growing southeastern and eastern U.S. markets," said Norman Holmes, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for both Southern LNG and Elba Express.

The Elba Island LNG terminal expansion consists of three new vaporizer units which were put in service on March 1, raising the facility's send-out capacity to a total of 1.75 Bcf per day (Bcf/d) and one new storage tank which will be commissioned later this summer increasing the storage capacity at the facility by 4.2 Bcf billion cubic feet (Bcf). Elba Express Pipeline, an approximately 190-mile pipeline with a total capacity of 945 MMcf/d, transports natural gas supplies from the Elba Island LNG terminal to markets in the southeastern and eastern United States. The Elba terminal expansion and the Elba Express pipeline projects are fully supported by long term firm capacity commitments from Shell NA LNG LLC.