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40-mile pipeline connecting Arlington and Justin planned

Enterprise Products Partners said Thursday it will build a new 40-mile pipeline from north Arlington to Justin with the capacity to move up to 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day out of the Barnett Shale.

The line, expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2009, will connect to Enterprise’s Sherman Extension, a 178-mile, 36-inch-diameter pipeline now under construction from Morgan Mill in Erath County, southwest of Tarrant County, to Sherman, on the Oklahoma border. Enterprise announced Sherman Extension in late 2006 and expects to finish it by year’s end.

Enterprise said that “to accommodate growing natural gas production from the Barnett Shale,” the Houston-based pipeline company decided to add to the Sherman Extension a spur to serve producers in Tarrant and Denton counties. That line will run from the Trinity River to Justin, in southwestern Denton County, with a lateral to pick up additional production in Wise County.

Those lines will be either 30 inches or 36 inches in diameter, the company said.

The company also said Thursday it has signed long-term contracts with producers committing about 900 million cubic feet a day of production to the Sherman Extension, which has a capacity of 1.1 billion cubic feet a day.

Enterprise said it recently opened a 42-mile stretch of that line, between Morgan Mill and Parker County, to take gas to the company’s intrastate pipeline that terminates in Carthage, a major natural gas hub in East Texas.

It’s the second major pipeline announcement in the Barnett Shale in the past month. Energy Transfer Partners, which bills itself as the largest pipeline operator in the field, earlier said it opened two pipelines with total capacity of about 1 billion cubic feet per day.

In addition, the Sherman Extension line will tie into the Gulf Crossing interstate pipeline, being built by Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and expected to open in the first quarter of 2009. The 357-mile, 42-inch line, with capacity of 1.7 billion cubic feet a day, runs from Sherman to Tallulah, La., and is meant to carry gas from the Barnett Shale and the Woodford Shale in southern Oklahoma.