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Caterpillar Powers Pipeline

Posted on May 18, 2010

Caterpillar Global Petroleum has been awarded an order for a joint Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Duncan Energy Partners L.P. natural gas pipeline project, known as the Haynesville Extension, in the Louisiana, U.S.A.

Enerflex Energy Systems, which will build the reciprocating gas compression packages for the pipeline, recently placed an order with Caterpillar for nine Cat G16CM34 gas compression engines totaling 73 620 hp (54.9 MW). The engine’s ADEM A3 electronic control system, built on Caterpillar’s G3600 technology, provides electronic ignition, engine response to load variations and critical system monitoring for fuel efficiency and emissions control, according to Caterpillar.

The pipeline project will extend the Enterprise Products Partners and Duncan Energy Partners jointly owned Acadian natural gas pipeline system, which stretches 1000 miles (1600 km) in south Louisiana. The system serves markets along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and allows shippers to make physical deliveries to the Henry Hub.

The Haynesville Extension project will serve as takeaway capacity for the Haynesville Shale gas development in northwest Louisiana. The Caterpillar engines are set to arrive during the third quarter of this year, with the pipeline’s in-service date scheduled for September 2011.

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