Saturday, April 25, 2009

El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) - El Paso (EP.N) said Friday it lifted force majeure on its Southern Natural Gas unit after divers confirmed a leak in the area of its 18-inch West Delta 105 natural gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico was not on its system.

Personnel were in the process of restoring the pipeline, according to a website posting. About 42 million cubic feet per day of gas was shut in due to the investigation.

It was not immediately known what pipeline the reported leak was on.

An earlier website posting said several receipt points on Southern's system had been shut in.

The 7,600-mile (12,200-km) Southern Natural Gas pipeline is part of El Paso's 42,000-mile interstate pipeline system. (Reporting by Eileen Moustakis; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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