El Paso subsidiary Colorado Interstate Gas has began work on the 102 mile expansion of its natural gas pipeline between Raton Basin in Colorado and the panhandle of Oklahoma. The construction is expected to cost $61 million.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized construction in early June, and the company expects to have the expanded facilities in service on October 1, 2005.

This project is a prime example of El Paso’s commitment to providing increased natural gas transportation capacity for Western US producers, said James Cleary, president of El Paso’s Western Pipeline Group.

Completion of the Raton Basin 2005 Expansion will increase Colorado Interstate’s capacity in this area to more than 380,000 dekatherms per day, providing our customers with enhanced access to growing Raton Basin gas supplies and increased deliverability to mid-continent pipeline interconnections.