Pipeline Capacity

Policy August 23, 2007


The U.S. natural gas pipeline grid is an integrated system of interstate and intrastate transportation that has moved gas to and from nearly any location in the lower-48 states. It is composed of more than 210 pipeline systems, includes over 300,000 miles of transmission pipelines, more than 1,400 compressor stations, and more than 11,000 delivery points to as many as 5,000 receipt points and 1,400 interconnection points.

One of the key challenges for the U.S. pipeline grid today is connecting new areas of supply development with consumers of natural gas. To that end, recent projects such as the Rockies Express (REX) pipeline have been proposed and constructed to move natural gas from the Rocky Mountain producing area eastward to consumers in the Midwest and eventually the U.S. northeast. These projects require an extensive approval process from agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and are often constructed in phases. Additional smaller projects that add connectivity from other gas supply infrastructure, including storage facilities and LNG terminals, are constantly in planning or construction phases in order to meet customer needs.

AGA Viewpoint

AGA favors developing capacity alternatives to meet growing demand for natural gas and to increase competition among pipelines.

Additional Information: Energy Information Administration (www.eia.doe.gov)

AGA Contact: Chris McGill, (202) 824-7132, cmcgill@aga.org