Southcross Energy has said that it is constructing an eight-mile, 12-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Jones County, Mississippi, which will connect Southcross' existing system with the Southeast Supply Header (SESH) pipeline system.

The interconnect will augment Southcross’ gas supply and enable the company to provide expanded service to its customers in the region, including the South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA), an electric generation and transmission cooperative.

The new gas pipeline is scheduled to be operational in April 2011.

Southcross chairman and CEO David Biegler said that the company is pleased that it is undertaking this project so that it can access additional gas supply for its customers in Mississippi.

Southcross operates the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline system in Mississippi, which includes 640 miles of transmission and gathering pipelines.

SESH links the onshore gas supply basins of East Texas and Northern Louisiana to Southeast markets.