El Paso updates Gulf of Mexico operations

El Paso Corp. says that all of its employees in the region affected by Hurricane Katrina have been located. Many of those employees lost their homes and are now receiving temporary housing and supplies from the company. Support activities continue.

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(Houston, Texas)-El Paso Corp. says that all of its employees in the region affected by Hurricane Katrina have been located. Many of those employees lost their homes and are now receiving temporary housing and supplies from the company. Support activities continue.

Concerning interstate natural gas pipeline operations, 3 bcf/d was initially shut-in on El Paso's three natural gas pipeline systems in the GoM as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Currently, there are 700 MMcf/d of production shut-in on Tennessee Gas Pipeline and 550 MMcf/d on Southern Natural Gas. ANR Pipeline has returned to full capacity.

Floodwaters have receded at SNG's Toca Compressor Station and initial assessments are beginning. The assessments include investigations of compressor units, liquids handling and dehydration facilities, piping, and other equipment.

Initial aerial damage assessments of SNG's offshore facilities show that the most serious damage to offshore facilities appears to be primarily to pipeline risers on three third-party production platforms that have been destroyed and to measurement equipment at some locations. SNG has also identified damage to its junction platform at Main Pass 298. Complete damage assessments will require on-site investigation.

Initial surveys of SNG's subsea pipelines are underway. Based on preliminary information, the company is not aware of any significant damage to SNG's offshore pipelines.

09/12/05

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