El Paso Corp. (ticker: EP, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company Completes Lateral Linking Mexico and United States Gas Markets
Houston, Texas, September 27, 1999-Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a business unit of El Paso Energy Corporation
(NYSE:EPG), announced today the completion of construction and initial commercial gas
flows on a new interconnect between Tennessee's Donna Lateral and the existing
facilities of Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica (Pemex-Gas) in Reynosa, Mexico.
The 9.5 mile, 24-inch bi-directional pipeline will flow up to 220,000 dekatherms per
day (Dth/d). Pemex has entered into a 10-year firm commitment for 185,000 Dth/d of
capacity on the new facilities and on Tennessee's system. Customers will benefit from
new supply and market opportunities in both countries.
Construction of the lateral took five months and included 24 irrigation canal and road
crossings, as well as a 1,600 foot directional drill under the Rio Grande from Pemex-Gas'
Reynosa metering station into the Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Refuge.
"The Tennessee interconnect with Pemex-Gas is the third pipeline to link El Paso's
pipeline systems with those of Pemex-Gas," said John W. Somerhalder II, president of
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. "El Paso and Pemex-Gas have been partnering on
projects such as this since the 1930s, and we expect to continue building on our strong
relationship in the future. Our goal is to provide customers on both sides of the border
with the best supply and market opportunities in the industry."
With over $10 billion in assets, El Paso Energy Corporation provides energy
solutions through its strategic business units: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company,
El Paso Natural Gas Company, El Paso Field Services Company, El Paso Power
Services Company, El Paso Merchant Energy 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 natural gas transmission, gas gathering
and processing, power generation, energy marketing, and international energy
infrastructure development. On June 10, the stockholders of both El Paso Energy and
Sonat Inc. overwhelmingly voted in favor of merging the two organizations. The merger is
expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, concurrent with the completion of
regulatory reviews. Visit El Paso Energy's web site at www.epenergy.com.
This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in
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1995. The companies have made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and
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