Elba Express Pipeline

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Elba Express Pipeline, also known as the SONAT Elba Express III and part of the Elba III Project, is an operating gas pipeline in Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina, USA.[1]


The pipeline runs through Georgia, USA and South Carolina, USA.[2][3]

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Project details

  • Operator: Southern LNG, Inc, Elba Express Company, LLC[4]
  • Parent company: Kinder Morgan
  • Capacity: 945 million cubic feet per day[1][4]
  • Length: 190 miles[1]
  • Diameter: 36, 42 inches[2]
  • Status: Operating[4][1]
  • Start year: 2010[4]
  • Cost: US$200 million[1]


The pipeline went into service on March 1, 2010.[1][4]

It was originally owned by El Paso Corporation[4], which was acquired by Kinder Morgan in 2012.[5]

It was built in two segments: the Southern Segment and Northern Segment.[2] The Southern Segment includes about 104.8 miles of 42-inch pipeline from Port Wentworth to the existing Southern Wrens Compressor Station in Jefferson County, Georgia, USA. The Northern Segment includes about 82.3 miles (10 miles of 42-inch and 75 miles of 36 inch) of pipeline extend from Wrens to interconnections with the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline in Hart County, Georgia and Anderson County, South Carolina.[2][6] U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the project in conjunction with the Elba III Project which involves the modifications and expansion of storage capacity of the Elba Island LNG Terminal.[7]

On 07 June 2016, FERC approved Kinder Morgan's proposal to expand north-to-south capacity on the Elba Express pipeline. Phase 1 of the project which is further divided into three sub-phases, would add 686.6 Mmcf/day. The first two sub-phases was expected to be operational by November and December 2016 and third by August 2017. Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project is expected to add 138.1 Mmcf/day and 229.4 Mmcf/day of southward capacity scheduled to be completed by November 2017 and June 2019, respectively.[8] As of August 2023, there has been no update on the expansions.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Natural Gas: Pipelines, US Energy Information Administration, Jul. 27, 2021, accessed Sep. 5, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Southern Lng Inc.; Elba Express Company, LLC; Southern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Elba III Project, FERC, Oct. 8, 2007, accessed Sep. 5, 2021.
  3. EEC Segment, Kinder Morgan, accessed Sep. 5, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 El Paso's Elba Express Gas Pipeline now in service, El Paso Corporation, Rig Zone, Mar. 2, 2010, accessed Sep. 5, 2021.
  5. Kinder Morgan Inc. completes acquisition of El Paso Corporation, Business Wire, May 24, 2012, accessed Sep. 5, 2021.
  6. "Pending SLNG/Elba Express Acquisition Exhibit 99.3". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 18 August, 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Elba Liquefaction Project- Environmental Assessment" (PDF). U.S. Department of Energy. February 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "FERC OKs start of Elba Express expansion | Argus Media". 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2023-08-18.

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