Project Snapshot
Ruby Pipeline
Facility Type: Pipeline
Scope: New Construction
Owner: El Paso Holding Company, L.L.C., an affiliate of El Paso Corporation
Location: Opal Hub, Wyoming to Malin, Oregon  United States
Region: North America
Modified:  September 14, 2010

Project description

El Paso Corp., which transports more than a quarter of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. through more than 42,000 miles of pipeline, expects to have $1.2 billion growth projects and more than $400 million in pipeline maintenance in 2008.

The company is increasing its pipeline system by adding the Ruby Pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Wyoming to Oregon.

The 680-mile-long, 42-inch Ruby Pipeline will transmit natural gas from the Opal Hub in Wyoming to Malin, Ore., near California’s northern border. The pipeline should have initial capacity of 1.5 Bcf/d.

Four compressor stations are currently proposed for the project: one near the Opal Hub in southwestern Wyoming; one south of Curlew Junction, Utah, and one at the mid-point of the project north of Elko, Nev., and the final one located in northwestern Nevada.

The $3 billion project will add new pipeline capacity to transport natural gas from reserves in the Rocky Mountains to the western United States.

El Paso Corp. has received multiple binding commitments from shippers, securing 10 to 15 years of committed capacity.

Construction began July 31, 2010, after El Paso received a notice to proceed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The pipeline is expected to begin service in Spring 2011.

  Key Stats
Project type:
new construction
Pipeline type:
natural gas
1.5 Bcf/d
680 miles
Committed capacity :
650,000 dekatherms per day
In service:
  Related Articles
El Paso Places Ruby Pipeline in Service
Jul 28, 2011 - El Paso Corp. on Thursday announced that it has placed its Ruby Pipeline in service.
Canadian Gas Imports to Drop 30% by 2015 - Report
Nov 18, 2010 - Canadian producers face serious challenges as the continued growth of unconventional natural gas supplies and newly added pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. push Canadian imports out of the U.S. market, a new report finds.
El Paso Begins Ruby Construction
Aug 02, 2010 - El Paso Corp. announced Monday that the Ruby Pipeline Project has received FERC approval to proceed and begin construction.
El Paso, GIP Close $1.5B Financing for Ruby Project
May 05, 2010 - El Paso Corp. and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) on Wednesday announced they have closed the project financing for the Ruby Pipeline project.
FERC Okays Ruby Pipeline Project
Apr 06, 2010 - El Paso Corp. announced Monday that it has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval for its Ruby Pipeline project.
Ruby Pipeline Construction Could Begin In May
Jan 12, 2010 - Construction of the Ruby Pipeline is one step closer to beginning.
Utah County Considers RV Spots To House Ruby Project Crews
Sep 30, 2009 - Box Elder County, Utah, may be creating more recreational vehicle spots to accommodate the hundreds of workers necessary to lay the Ruby Pipeline.
Private Equity Fund Takes 50% Stake In Ruby Project
Jul 27, 2009 - El Paso Corp. has executed a binding agreement with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) whereby GIP will acquire a 50 percent interest in the Ruby Pipeline project.
FERC Staff Issues Draft EIS for Ruby Project
Jun 22, 2009 - The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, FERC announced Friday.
El Paso Files App To Build Ruby Pipeline
Jan 27, 2009 - El Paso Corp. announced Tuesday that it has filed with FERC an application, under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate the Ruby Pipeline.
PG&E-Ruby Gas Pipeline Deal Passes Hurdle
Nov 07, 2008 - The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved plans by PG&E Corp's Pacific Gas & Electric unit to bring Rockies natural gas to California on the $3 billion Ruby Pipeline planned by El Paso Corp.
El Paso To Advance $3B Ruby Pipeline Project
Jun 25, 2008 - Ruby Pipeline, LLC has received more than 1.1 Bcf/d of binding commitments from customers under 10- to 15-year contracts and is moving forward with the pipeline project, subject to regulatory approvals.
Rockies Gas Pipeline May Mean Price Hike
Feb 28, 2008 - El Paso Corp. presented plans Wednesday for a pipeline that will carry natural gas from producers in the Rocky Mountains to the high-demand market of northern California.
El Paso Announces Open Seasons for Ruby, Rockies
Feb 19, 2008 - El Paso Corp. on Tuesday announced that Ruby Pipeline, LLC has executed long-term precedent agreements with two additional shippers, bringing the total long-term capacity commitments on Ruby to 650,000 dekatherms per day.
PG&E Acquires 25.5% Stake in Ruby Pipeline
Dec 27, 2007 - El Paso and PG&E have entered into a letter of intent for PG&E Corporation to acquire a 25.5 percent interest in El Paso's Ruby Pipeline project.
El Paso, PG&E Strike Deal for Wyo.-Ore. Pipeline
Dec 22, 2007 - El Paso has executed a precedent agreement with PG&E for long-term firm transportation service on El Paso's Ruby Pipeline--a proposed natural gas transmission pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon.
El Paso Plans Wyoming-Oregon Gas Pipeline
Dec 03, 2007 - El Paso Corp. has filed a federal right of way application with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for El Paso’s Ruby Pipeline project--a 680-mile, 42-inch natural gas transmission pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon.

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