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FERC approves ETP's 1.1-Bcf/d San Elizario Crossing for service

FERC approved a request from Energy Transfer Partners LP's Comanche Trail Pipeline LLC to put in service the 1.1-Bcf/d San Elizario Crossing natural gas border-crossing pipeline project between Texas and Mexico.

Rich McGuire, director of the FERC Division of Gas - Environment and Engineering, gave Comanche Trail the authorization in a Jan. 27 letter. FERC authorized the start of construction on the project in July 2016. The commission granted a presidential permit and a Natural Gas Act certificate in May 2016.

Connecting to the Comanche Trail interstate pipeline, the San Elizario project runs from San Elizario in El Paso County, Texas, to a new interconnect in Mexico. The project and another Energy Transfer border project, the 1.3-Bcf/d Presidio project, have access to gas supplies at the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas, and deliver gas to meet demand from electric generators and industrial customers in Mexico. (FERC docket CP15-503)