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Company Overview of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

Company Overview

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the interstate transportation and storage of natural gas. The company operates a natural gas pipeline system, which consists of approximately 11,800 miles of pipeline; and has 104 billion cubic feet of underground working natural gas storage capacity. Its pipeline system is located in the natural gas producing regions of Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, and south Texas; and extends to the northeast region of the United States, including the metropolitan areas of New York City and Boston. The company was founded in 1940 and is based in Houston, Texas. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. is a subsidiary of Kind...

PO Box 2511

Houston, TX 77252

United States

Founded in 1940

Key Executives for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

Principal Executive Officer, President and President of Southern Natural Gas Co.
Age: 61
Chairman and President of Pipeline Group
Age: 65
President of El Paso's Western Pipelines
Age: 62
Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller
Age: 64
Chief Commercial Officer, Senior Vice President and Director
Age: 51
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. Key Developments

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Gets Water Permit from Army Corps of Engineers

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. informed FERC that it has secured a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for its 135,000-Dth/d Orion natural gas pipeline expansion project. The permit gives Tennessee Gas until Dec. 31, 2019, to finish building the project. FERC issued a certificate order for the approximately $144 million project on Feb. 2. The expansion project will allow Tennessee Gas to add firm transportation service on its 300 Line in Pennsylvania. The project will include building and operating almost 13 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline in two separate loops. The project is expected to be placed into service in June 2018.

FERC Approves Tennessee Gas Pipeline Natural Gas Project

FERC approved a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas line to the Cameron LNG export terminal that will help increase the amount of gas available to the Louisiana facility by up to 900,000 Dth/d. On December 15, 2016, FERC order granted authorization for the Southwest Louisiana Supply project, which will provide an extra 295,000 Dth/d of firm gas transportation service to export terminal customers Mitsubishi Corp. and MMGS Inc. The project will provide the incremental service through the Tennessee Gas 800 Line from interconnections with five interstate pipelines, using two proposed laterals that the project will put in place, to an existing interconnection with Cameron Interstate Pipeline LLC in Cameron Parish, La., for delivery to the export terminal. Tennessee Gas has precedent agreements with Southwest Louisiana Supply project shipper Mitsubishi for 600,000 Dth/d and with project shipper MMGS for 300,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service for primary terms of at least 20 years. In addition to the 295,000 Dth/d of firm transportation on the Southwest Louisiana Supply project's laterals, Tennessee Gas told FERC, the pipeline company will provide 605,000 Dth/d through existing capacity on the 800 Line and through additional capacity that can be found with upgrades to compressor stations. The project is expected to cost the Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary approximately $170.5 million. Project facilities will include two laterals adding up to a total of 3.8 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline, one in Madison Parish and one in Richland and Franklin parishes in Louisiana, plus a bidirectional compressor station, modifications to other compressor stations and five meter stations. Tennessee Gas submitted an application to FERC on October 26, 2015. The project received a positive assessment in the commission's environmental review process. When the project application went to FERC, the project had an in-service date of February 2018, and Tennessee Gas anticipated a certificate order would be issued before an estimated construction start in the fourth quarter of 2016. One of the conditions in the FERC certificate order was that the project must be completed and available for service by December 15, 2018.

Landowners Gear Up to Sue FERC and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Under Clean Water Act for First Time

A group of property owners filed a notice of intent to bring a citizen suit against FERC and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., alleging violations of the Clean Water Act in the approval of the Connecticut Expansion natural gas pipeline project. The notice is significant because this represents the first time that litigants have sought to directly enforce the CWA against FERC through the act's citizen suit provision instead of through judicial review under the Natural Gas Act. FERC routinely runs afoul of the Clean Water Act by issuing certificates and allowing certain preliminary construction activities based on the idea that a natural gas project developer will obtain the required permits in the future. In this case, the law firm and its client charged, FERC issued a Natural Gas Act certificate for the Connecticut Expansion even though Massachusetts has not yet granted required state certification under the Clean Water Act. The notice came just days after FERC approved the estimated $85.7 million pipeline project. It marks the start of a 60-day notice period, during which FERC can address the alleged violations. If the commission does not, the citizen suit would be filed in federal district court. A copy of the notice was sent to the FERC commissioners, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the head of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The group of Massachusetts residents is called Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipeline, or STOP. The group said in a statement released by Elefant's firm that it is concerned because the FERC certificate gives Tennessee the right to take property through eminent domain. They are also concerned that construction will remove "hundreds of trees" and as a result "cause significant harm to the environment and waterways of the state." The group first raised its concerns during the FERC review. Kinder Morgan Inc. said it would not comment on a threat to sue.

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