El Paso Announces Open Season for Westleg Expansion Project

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from El Paso Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- ANR Pipeline Company (ANR), a subsidiary
 of El Paso Corporation (NYSE:   EPG), announced today that it is holding a
 non-binding open season to determine customer interest in contracting for
 incremental transportation capacity along ANR's existing natural gas pipeline
 system in South-Central Wisconsin.
     The WestLeg expansion project would provide additional transportation
 capacity by November 2003 at a level determined by market interest.  The
 proposed expansion project is intended primarily to serve incremental growth
 markets represented by a variety of customers, including local utilities,
 electric power developers and marketers.  Proposed facility additions may
 include the looping of ANR's existing Janesville and Beloit laterals, as well
 as adding compression at the company's Janesville, Wisconsin compressor
 station.
     Market growth is being fueled by more than 1,400 megawatts of natural
 gas-fired power development projects, in addition to growth in existing
 residential, commercial and industrial markets served through ANR's pipeline
 system in Southern Wisconsin.
     "Through its WestLeg expansion project, ANR can play a critical role in
 responding to growing energy demand in Wisconsin by incrementally increasing
 capacity along its existing pipeline system in a cost-effective manner," said
 James J. Cleary, president of ANR Pipeline Company.
     The open season will be held from May 1, 2001 through June 1, 2001.
     For additional information or to obtain an open season package, interested
 parties may contact Lynn Cannon of ANR Pipeline at (313) 496-3789 or via
 e-mail at lynn.cannon@elpaso.com.
     ANR Pipeline Company operates a 10,500-mile interstate natural gas
 pipeline providing transportation, storage and capacity-related services to
 customers in the United States and Canada.
     El Paso Corporation, the largest and most broadly based natural gas
 company in the world, spans the energy value chain from wellhead to electron.
 With an enterprise value in excess of $50 billion, El Paso is a leader in
 every phase of the natural gas industry.  The company owns and operates a
 significant portion of the North American natural gas delivery grid, operates
 the fastest growing, most sophisticated energy merchant group, and is the
 nation's third largest natural gas producer.  El Paso, a leader in risk
 management techniques, is focused on maximizing shareholder value,
 transforming existing markets, and speeding the development of new markets.
 Visit El Paso at www.elpaso.com.
 
           CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
     This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in
 reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure
 that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections
 are based are current, reasonable, and complete.  However, a variety of
 factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections,
 anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release.  While
 the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the
 company nor its management can guarantee that the anticipated future results
 will be achieved.  Reference should be made to the company's (and its
 affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings for additional
 important factors that may affect actual results.
 
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SOURCE El Paso Corporation
    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- ANR Pipeline Company (ANR), a subsidiary
 of El Paso Corporation (NYSE:   EPG), announced today that it is holding a
 non-binding open season to determine customer interest in contracting for
 incremental transportation capacity along ANR's existing natural gas pipeline
 system in South-Central Wisconsin.
     The WestLeg expansion project would provide additional transportation
 capacity by November 2003 at a level determined by market interest.  The
 proposed expansion project is intended primarily to serve incremental growth
 markets represented by a variety of customers, including local utilities,
 electric power developers and marketers.  Proposed facility additions may
 include the looping of ANR's existing Janesville and Beloit laterals, as well
 as adding compression at the company's Janesville, Wisconsin compressor
 station.
     Market growth is being fueled by more than 1,400 megawatts of natural
 gas-fired power development projects, in addition to growth in existing
 residential, commercial and industrial markets served through ANR's pipeline
 system in Southern Wisconsin.
     "Through its WestLeg expansion project, ANR can play a critical role in
 responding to growing energy demand in Wisconsin by incrementally increasing
 capacity along its existing pipeline system in a cost-effective manner," said
 James J. Cleary, president of ANR Pipeline Company.
     The open season will be held from May 1, 2001 through June 1, 2001.
     For additional information or to obtain an open season package, interested
 parties may contact Lynn Cannon of ANR Pipeline at (313) 496-3789 or via
 e-mail at lynn.cannon@elpaso.com.
     ANR Pipeline Company operates a 10,500-mile interstate natural gas
 pipeline providing transportation, storage and capacity-related services to
 customers in the United States and Canada.
     El Paso Corporation, the largest and most broadly based natural gas
 company in the world, spans the energy value chain from wellhead to electron.
 With an enterprise value in excess of $50 billion, El Paso is a leader in
 every phase of the natural gas industry.  The company owns and operates a
 significant portion of the North American natural gas delivery grid, operates
 the fastest growing, most sophisticated energy merchant group, and is the
 nation's third largest natural gas producer.  El Paso, a leader in risk
 management techniques, is focused on maximizing shareholder value,
 transforming existing markets, and speeding the development of new markets.
 Visit El Paso at www.elpaso.com.
 
           CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
     This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in
 reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure
 that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections
 are based are current, reasonable, and complete.  However, a variety of
 factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections,
 anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release.  While
 the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the
 company nor its management can guarantee that the anticipated future results
 will be achieved.  Reference should be made to the company's (and its
 affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings for additional
 important factors that may affect actual results.
 
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