Sempra Pipelines & Storage announces open season for firm, natural gas pipeline and storage service targeting the Florida market

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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 2, 2009 – Sempra Pipelines & Storage, a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today launched an open season to solicit market interest in up to 2.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of firm, natural gas storage service from a pipeline-and-storage expansion project that would enable firm receipts and deliveries on the Gulfstream Pipeline system at Coden, Ala.

        Additional pipeline receipt-and-delivery points for the service will be considered, including those owned and operated by Florida Gas Transmission (FGT), Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco), Southeast Supply Header (SESH), Gulf South and Southern Natural Gas (Sonat).

        The solicitation of interest in these gas pipeline-and-storage services is being conducted in response to the growing need for natural gas deliverability and load balancing in the southeastern U.S. region, particularly the Florida market.  

        Sempra Pipelines & Storage, through its subsidiary Sempra Midstream Inc., is seeking nonbinding bid proposals from interested customers for contract terms three years and longer, with service beginning in August 2010.  Bids will be accepted until the close of business on Feb. 25, 2009.  For more information, interested parties should contact Russell Murrell at (281) 423-2789 or rmurrell@semprapipelines.com.

        The services contemplated in the company’s open season would be supported by Bay Gas Storage, an underground salt-dome storage facility 40 miles north of Mobile, Ala., and/or its Mississippi Hub Storage project near Simpson County, Miss.  These services also would be supported by pipeline facilities and the assets and capabilities of Sempra Pipelines & Storage’s new office in Houston, Texas.  This office is engaged in the development and operation of domestic, midstream natural gas assets.

        Sempra Pipelines & Storage develops, builds and operates natural gas pipelines and storage facilities throughout North America.  The company and its affiliates operate and/or own more than 1,200 miles of pipelines and 11.4 Bcf of storage capacity, and are developing an additional 800 miles of pipeline and more than 70 Bcf of storage capacity to help meet North America’s growing demand for energy.  It also manages natural gas and electricity distribution in the United States, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru. 

        Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2007 revenues of more than $11 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,500 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.

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Sempra Pipelines & Storage is not the same company as the utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and is  not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.
 

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