SOURCE: Enbridge


February 11, 2010 06:45 ET

Enbridge Energy Partners to Further Expand East Texas Gas Gathering System Into Haynesville Shale

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EEP) ("the Partnership") today announced plans to expand its East Texas Gas Gathering System by constructing three lateral pipelines into Haynesville Shale producing areas in East Texas together with an additional large diameter lateral from Shelby County to Carthage, Texas. The Haynesville Shale expansion is expected to increase the Partnership's takeaway capacity from Shelby, Nacogdoches and San Augustine counties to 900 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d).

"We have secured commitments of more than 400 mmcf/d and additional acreage commitments of more than 50,000 acres. We are also in negotiations with other producers who are expected to aggressively drill in the Haynesville play in the East Texas region and fully expect this new capacity to be filled based on producer plans," said Terrance L. McGill, president of the Partnership's management company and of its general partner. "The Haynesville Shale Project will improve the takeaway capacity options for Haynesville Shale producers, and further positions the Partnership for continued strategic growth in this developing major natural gas production region."

The project, to be constructed at an estimated cost of $141.8 million, includes approximately 50 miles of 16-inch to 24-inch diameter pipe, all in Shelby, Nacogdoches and San Augustine counties, as well as an additional 38-mile, 24-inch lateral from Shelby County to Carthage. The project may also include a treating facility and additional compressor units to boost capacity out of the area.

Potential shippers desiring further information should contact:

Steve Marsh                     Pat Martin
(713) 821-2084                  (713) 821-2159

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. ( owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and natural gas transportation systems in the United States. Its principal crude oil system is the largest transporter of growing oil production from western Canada. The system's deliveries to refining centers and connected carriers in the United States account for approximately 11 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 60 percent of refinery demand in that region. The Partnership's natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission assets, which are principally located onshore in the active U.S. Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast area, deliver approximately 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. ( manages the business and affairs of the Partnership and its sole asset is an approximate 14 percent interest in the Partnership. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, (NYSE: ENB) (TSX: ENB) ( is the general partner and holds an approximate 27 percent interest in the Partnership.

This news release includes forward-looking statements and projections, which are statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements frequently use the following words, variations thereon or comparable terminology: "anticipate," "expect," or "will." Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are not guarantees of performance. Future actions, conditions or events and future results of operations may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Many of the factors that will determine these results are beyond Enbridge Partners' ability to control or predict. Reference should also be made to Enbridge Partners' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently completed fiscal year, for additional factors that may affect results. These filings are available to the public over the Internet at the SEC's web site ( and via the Partnership's web site.

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