Energy portfolio holding firm Energy Transfer Partners has announced the completion of two natural gas compression projects that will allow the partnership to increase capacity of its recently completed Cleburne to Carthage pipeline.

The partnership also announced that it plans to construct a 30-mile natural gas pipeline project in the Barnett Shale field, which will provide producers greater access to all major market hubs in Texas. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) claims to be the largest transporter of natural gas out of the Barnett Shale field.

The two completed compression projects will add approximately 90,000 horsepower on the Cleburne to Carthage pipeline, increasing natural gas deliverability at the Carthage hub to more than two billion cubic feet per day. Pipeline interconnects at the Carthage hub provide natural gas producers and consumers with broad-based market access.

The newly announced Southern Shale natural gas pipeline project consists of a 36-inch pipeline that will originate in southern Tarrant County and deliver natural gas to ETP’s previously announced Maypearl to Malone pipeline expansion project.

The Maypearl to Malone project, which is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2008, provides a direct interconnect for Barnett Shale production to ETP’s large diameter pipeline infrastructure. The Southern Shale pipeline is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2008.