March 2, 2010 / 3:20 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-US Elba Island LNG terminal expansion in service

* Elba Island sendout now 1.75 bcfd

* New 4.2 bcf storage tank commissioned this summer

* New pipeline from terminal has 945 mmcfd capacity

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - The expansion of the U.S. Elba Island liquefied natural gas terminal in Georgia has been completed and a new adjoining gas pipeline is now in service, El Paso Corporation EP.N said in a statement Tuesday.

The Elba Island LNG terminal now has a send-out capacity of 1.75 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, up from 1.2 bcfd previously, thanks to three new vaporizer units which came online on Monday.

The newly built Elba Express Pipeline, a 190-mile pipeline with a capacity to transport 945 million cubic feet per day, will transport additional gas from Elba Island to markets in the southeastern and eastern United States.

In addition, one new 4.2 bcf storage tank at the terminal will be commissioned later this summer. The two projects including the storage tank represent about $900 million of capital investment, El Paso said.

The Elba Island LNG terminal currently receives LNG sourced by BG Group BG.L, usually from Trinidad or Egypt. At the terminal, the LNG is re-gasified for transport through pipelines.

Reporting by Edward McAllister; Editing by Rebekah Kebede

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