Trunkline LNG is expanding its LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Lake Charles, La., to help meet the country's increasing need for natural gas.
Clean-burning natural gas is the fuel of choice for most of the new power plants that will provide additional electricity to meet the nations's growing need for energy.

Trunkline LNG Expansion

As America's need for energy increases, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is playing an increasingly larger role. In the next 10 years, the nation's demand for natural gas is expected to grow to 30 trillion cubic feet from today's 22 trillion cubic feet usage level. Much of this increase in demand for natural gas is coming from new electric power plant construction around the country. Clean-burning natural gas is the fuel of choice for most of the new power plants that will be providing additional electricity to meet the country's growing need for energy.

Trunkline LNG Terminal Expansion

Trunkline LNG completed the Phase II terminal expansion in early July 2006, increasing sustained sendout capacity to 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and peak sendout capacity to 2.1 Bcf/d.† The Phase II expansion also included the construction of unloading capabilities at the terminalís second dock.

The Phase I expansion, which included a second ship berth and a new LNG storage tank that increased terminal storage capacity to 9 billion cubic feet, was placed in service on April 5.

Trunkline LNG also has another expansion planned Ė- the infrastructure enhancement project, which is designed to increase fuel efficiency and cost savings using the ambient air temperature to warm and regasify the LNG.† Trunkline LNG also will build a natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction plant at the terminal in order to increase product flexibility.† The addition of NGL extraction equipment will give our customer, BG LNG Services, the ability to extract ethane and other heavier hydrocarbons from the LNG stream before the gas is sent to the interstate pipeline network and delivered to downstream markets.† Due to the world wide variability in the composition of LNG, adding the ability to extract natural gas liquids will allow BG LNG to import supply from more diverse locations.† These enhancements are planned to be in service in mid-2008.

Trunkline LNG Committed to Safety

Trunkline LNG has an outstanding safety record of over 2.5 million consecutive hours worked without a lost-time accident. The design of the new facilities will be consistent with the existing plant to ensure that this record continues. The new equipment will meet or exceed all existing safety and environmental regulatory standards.

Panhandle Energy - A Southern Union Company

Southern Union Company, headquartered in Houston, is one of the nationís leading diversified natural gas companies, engaged primarily in the transportation, storage, gathering, processing and distribution of natural gas. The company owns and operates the nationís second largest natural gas pipeline system with more than 20,000 miles of gathering and transportation pipelines and one of North Americaís largest liquefied natural gas import terminals.

Through Panhandle Energy, Southern Unionís pipeline interests operate more than 15,000 miles of interstate pipelines that transport natural gas from the Anadarko and San Juan basins, the Rocky Mountains, the Gulf of Mexico, South Texas and Mobile Bay to major markets in the Southeast, Midwest and Great Lakes region.

Southern Union Gas Services, with approximately 4,800 miles of pipelines, is engaged in the gathering, transmission, treating, processing and redelivery of natural gas and natural gas liquids in Texas and New Mexico.

Through its local distribution companies, Missouri Gas Energy, PG Energy and New England Gas Company, Southern Union also serves approximately one million natural gas end-user customers in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Panhandle Energy owns & operates:

    Panhandle Energy
  • Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line
    • 5051 Westheimer Rd.
  • Trunkline Gas
    • Houston, TX 77056-5306
  • Trunkline LNG
    • Phone: 800-275-7375
  • Sea Robin Pipeline
  • Southwest Gas Storage
  • Florida Gas Transmission
    • Southern Union Company

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