Houston Pipeline System ("HPL System")
Capacity of 5.3 Bcf/d
Approximately 3,900 miles of natural gas pipeline
Bammel storage facility with 52.5 Bcf of total working gas capacity
The HPL System is an extensive network of intrastate natural gas pipelines and underground Bammel storage reservoir and related transportation assets. The system has access to multiple sources of historically significant natural gas supply reserves from South Texas, the Gulf Coast of Texas, East Texas and the western Gulf of Mexico, and is directly connected to major gas distribution, electric and industrial load centers in Houston, Corpus Christi, Texas City and other cities located along the Gulf Coast of Texas. The HPL System is well situated to gather and transport gas in many of the major gas producing areas in Texas including the strong presence in the key Houston Ship Channel and Katy Hub markets, allowing us to play an important role in the Texas natural gas markets. The HPL System also offers its shippers off-system opportunities due to its numerous interconnections with other pipeline systems, its direct access to multiple market hubs at Katy, the Houston Ship Channel and Agua Dulce, and our Bammel storage facility.
The Bammel storage facility has a total working gas capacity of approximately 52.5 Bcf, a peak withdrawal rate of 1.2 Bcf/d and a peak injection rate of 0.6 Bcf/d. The Bammel storage facility is located near the Houston Ship Channel market area and the Katy Hub and is ideally suited to provide a physical backup for on-system and off-system customers. As of December 31, 2013, we had approximately 47.2 Bcf committed under fee-based arrangements with third parties and approximately 45.8 Bcf stored in the facility for our own account.
We are currently converting approximately 84 miles of pipeline from the HPL System to crude service. This project is expected to be completed in 2014.