El Paso Corp. (ticker: EP, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Tennessee Gas Pipeline to Build New Kentucky Interconnect
Houston, Texas, August 31, 1998-Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a business unit of
El Paso Energy Corporation (NYSE:EPG), has announced a new pipeline interconnect in
Casey County, Kentucky designed to deliver an additional 200 million cubic feet per day
(MMcf/d) of natural gas into Texas Eastern Transmission Company's system (TETCO). The
interconnect is expected to be in service by November 1, 1998. Tennessee Gas Pipeline
plans to accept nominations at this new point for November 1998 gas flow.
This new interconnect, known as The Dry Creek Sales Meter, will provide marketers and
producers access to a broader supply of natural gas for downstream markets in the
Northeastern United States.
"Building the new interconnect demonstrates that we're listening to the
marketplace and providing our customers with flexible services and competitive
John Somerhalder II, president of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. "This new facility
will add value to the capacity customers already hold on our pipeline and will allow them
more options to transport that gas in a marketplace that's constantly changing and
demanding increased flexibility from everyone involved."
Initial reaction from Tennessee Gas Pipeline customers has been positive.
"We fully support Tennessee's proposal for an interconnect with TETCO in
Kentucky," said John Scarlata, general manager of gas system and supply operations
for Public Service Electric & Gas. "This interconnect will open up additionally
needed flexibility on all pipeline transporters, and this certainly is a step in the right
direction to address the competitive environment in which we all participate. PSE&G
looks forward to the increased flexibility that should allow us more options in the ever
Jimmy Thomas, vice president of east energy trading for Dynegy Marketing and Trading
said, "Dynegy supports Tennessee's plan to construct this important new
interconnect with TETCO. We are pleased to see Tennessee take this and other initiatives
designed to provide more competitive options to the marketplace."
With over $9 billion in assets, El Paso Energy Corporation provides energy
solutions through five business units: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, El Paso
Natural Gas Company, El Paso Field Services Company, El Paso Energy Marketing
Company, and El Paso Energy International Company. The company owns the nation's
only integrated coast-to-coast natural gas pipeline system and has operations in
interstate natural gas transmission, gas gathering and processing, energy marketing, and
international infrastructure development. Visit El Paso Energy's web site at
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1995. The companies have made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and
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