SOURCE: El Paso Corporation

El Paso Corporation

February 16, 2010 08:30 ET

El Paso Corporation Announces Northeast Upgrade Project

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) -  El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), has executed binding, 20-year term agreements with Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), and StatOil Natural Gas LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Statoil (NYSE: STO), for 100 percent of the capacity for its Northeast Upgrade Project. The project will provide 636,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation capacity from TGP's 300 Line in Pennsylvania to an interconnect in New Jersey to serve growing markets in the Northeast. 

The Northeast Upgrade Project is a natural extension of TGP's presence in the heart of the developing Marcellus Shale play. The project would cost approximately $400 million with a majority of the capital spending taking place during 2013.

"We are very pleased to add another major pipeline project that provides significant new firm transportation capacity for two prominent Marcellus Shale producers," said Doug Foshee, El Paso's chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "With the previously announced 300 Line Project, we will be adding approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day of new firm capacity that will provide safe and reliable transportation of clean-burning, domestic natural gas supplies to key Northeast markets."

"We are pleased to enter into this agreement with El Paso," said Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake's chief executive officer. "It continues our practice of contracting for strategic pipeline capacity, which in this case provides access to premium northeast markets for our growing Marcellus production in Northeast Pennsylvania. We have a long history of transactions with the El Paso family of companies, and this transaction continues that tradition, creating substantial value to both firms."

A spring 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing date is anticipated with a scheduled November 1, 2013 in-service date. An open season is expected to begin this month with final capacity awarded in March 2010.

El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient, and dependable manner. The company owns North America's largest interstate natural gas pipeline system and one of North America's largest independent natural gas producers. For more information, visit www.elpaso.com.

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This release includes certain forward-looking statements and projections. The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections are based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, including, without limitation, our ability to obtain all necessary federal, state and local regulatory approvals; our ability to successfully construct and operate the proposed facilities described in this release; general economic conditions in geographic regions or markets served by El Paso Corporation and its affiliates, or where operations of the company and its affiliates are located; and other factors described in the company's (and its affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings. While the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the company nor its management can guarantee that anticipated future results will be achieved. Reference must be made to those filings for additional important factors that may affect actual results. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by the company, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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