HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) today announced an agreement with Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., to provide the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project with 385,000 dekatherms per day of southbound natural gas transportation capacity on NGPL’s expanded Gulf Coast mainline system for a 20-year term. NGPL expects to invest approximately $212 million in facilities to enable it to complete the first phase of its Gulf Coast Market Expansion Project, which will increase NGPL’s total southbound capacity from multiple receipt points, including the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) interconnection at Moultrie, Illinois, to existing and growing markets along Texas and the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
“We are pleased to move forward with this project as gas production increases in the Utica and Marcellus shale and markets continue to grow along the Gulf Coast,” said NGPL President David Devine. “Additionally, we are delighted to provide transportation for Cheniere to bring attractively-priced supply to their LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas.”
“Once again, we have the pleasure of working with Kinder Morgan and NGPL to secure transportation capacity that will provide additional certainty of gas supply for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, which is now under construction,” said Corey Grindal, Vice President of Supply and Marketing for Cheniere. “It’s important that we secure access to pipeline capacity to ensure reliability and deliverability of natural gas to our liquefaction facility.”
The Gulf Coast Market Expansion project will include the reversal of four compressor stations in Victoria, Wharton, Montgomery and Angelina counties, Texas, the addition of a new compressor station in Cass County, Texas, and minor pipe replacement and upgrades along the NGPL system in Texas. Pending regulatory approvals, the project is expected to be placed fully into service by July 2019.
NGPL is one of the largest interstate pipeline systems in the country with approximately 9,200 miles of pipeline, more than 1 million horsepower of compressor facilities and 288 billion cubic feet of working gas storage. Kinder Morgan, Inc. operates NGPL and owns a 20 percent interest in the pipeline company. Myria Holdings Inc. owns the remaining interest.
About Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Cheniere Energy, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses and currently has two liquefaction projects under construction – Sabine Pass Liquefaction located in Louisiana and Corpus Christi Liquefaction located in Texas.
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