In July 2008 El Paso announced Raton 2010, which is an expansion project to the Colorado Interstate Gas Co. (CIG) natural gas pipeline transmission system. Servicing the Raton Basin, the 117-mile pipeline will transport approximately 30 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.
Spanning the Colorado counties of Las Animas, Huerfano, Pueblo and El Paso, the 16-inch-diameter pipeline extension will connect southern Las Animas County to an interconnection with CIG's pipeline system in El Paso County.
At an estimated cost of $146 million, construction is expected to commence in late 2009. El Paso submitted pre-filing application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in June 2008. The company expects to receive FERC approval in October 2009 and start operations on the pipeline extension by May 2010.
Pipeline construction will be completed in two phases. The first phase is referred to as the Spanish Peaks Lateral. Here, 27 miles of pipeline will be constructed from CIG's existing Line No. 222A in Los Animas County to an intersection with Line No. 27A near Aguilar, Colorado. The second phase, or the Aguilar Lateral, will extend 60 miles northeast from Aguilar and then another 30 miles north, parallel to Line No. 9A, to interconnect with Line No. 212A in El Paso County.
Additionally, the project will include the construction of a new meter station and the modification of an existing meter station.