Transwestern seeks FERC approval for New Mexico gas pipeline lateral project

Transwestern Pipeline Co. LLC on Oct. 23 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a request for prior notice authorization to construct, own, operate, and maintain approximately 14.67 miles of 16-inch pipeline, one meter station, and other ancillary facilities in Eddy and Lea counties, New Mexico.

This Malaga Lateral Project would receive up to 200,000 Mcf per day of natural gas from a new cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Eddy County.

Transwestern is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Interstate Holdings LLC which is indirectly wholly-owned by Energy Transfer Partners LP. Transwestern owns and operates an interstate natural gas transmission system that provides access to natural gas supplies in the San Juan and Rocky Mountain Basins in northwest New Mexico, southwest Colorado, the Texas-Oklahoma Panhandle, and the Permian Basin region of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico.

Transwestern’s proposed Malaga Lateral Project will require the construction and installation of approximately 14.67 miles of 16-inch pipeline (“Malaga Lateral”), one meter station, pig launcher and receiver facilities, and other ancillary facilities to receive up to 200,000 Mcf per day of natural gas from the new Enterprise Products Partners LP cryogenic natural gas processing plant now under construction. Transwestern will install an 8-inch and a 6-inch ultrasonic meter run, pig launcher, and ancillary measurement equipment at the Enterprise Plant.

The Malaga Lateral will commence from the meter station and traverse in an easterly direction to a tap on Transwestern’s existing 30-inch West Texas Lateral. The Malaga Lateral will have a maximum operating pressure (MAOP) of 1,440 pounds per square inch gauge (psig). A pig receiver will be installed at the junction of these two Transwestern laterals within a fenced enclosure. This fenced enclosure will abut an existing industrial site that contains oil and gas equipment. The cost to construct the project facilities is approximately $23 million, which will be financed by internally generated funds.

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