GAS INFRASTRUCTURES

GAS GATHERING LINES: These small diameter pipelines move Natural gas/Associated gas from the well head or field to the gas processing plants or to the interconnection with larger mainline pipeline.

PROCESSING PLANT: This facility will be designed to recover natural gas liquids from a stream of natural gas/Associated gas. This facility will also control the quality of the natural gas to be marketed. We will also employ techniques and technologies to extract contaminants and natural gas liquids. At our processing plants the primary objective will be the production of pipeline quality gas.

Our natural gas processing plants will include a fractionation facility, where saturated hydrocarbons will be removed from natural gas and separated into distinct parts, or “fractions,” such as propane, butane, and ethane.

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MAINLINE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM: Our natural gas mainline system will be designed as a grid system. A grid type transmission system is usually characterized by a large number of laterals or branches from the mainline, which tend to form a network of integrated receipt, delivery and pipeline interconnections that operate in, and serve major market areas.

Between the producing area, or supply source, and the market area, a number of compressor stations will be located along the transmission system. These stations will contain one or more compressor units whose purpose will be to receive the transmission flow (which has decreased in pressure since the previous compressor station) at an intake point, increase the pressure and rate of flow, and thus, maintain the movement of natural gas along the pipeline.

Compressor units that will be used on our natural gas mainline transmission system will be rated at 1,000 horsepower or more and will be of the centrifugal (turbine) or reciprocating (piston) type.

To address the potential for pipeline rupture, safety cutoff meters will be installed along our mainline transmission system route. Devices located at strategic points will be designed to detect a drop in pressure that would result from a downstream or upstream pipeline rupture and automatically stop the flow of natural gas beyond its location. SCADA (Systems Control and Data Acquisition) systems will provide monitoring staff the ability to direct and control pipeline flows, maintaining pipeline integrity and pressures as natural gas is received and delivered along numerous points on the system, including flows into and out of storage facilities.

MARKET HUBS/CENTERS: Our centers will also provide unique services that help expedite and improve the natural gas transportation process overall, such as our Internet-based access to natural gas trading platforms and capacity release programs. We will also provide title transfer services between parties that buy, sell, or move their natural gas through the center.

UNDERGROUND STORAGE FACILITIES: We will build underground storage facilities at the end of the mainline transmission system, and in between. Our Underground natural gas storage facilities will provide inventory management, supply backup, and the access to natural gas to maintain the balance of the system. Two of the most important characteristics of our underground storage reservoir are the capability to hold natural gas for future use, and the rate at which natural gas inventory can be injected and withdrawn.

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