Ozark Gas Transmission places Supply Access natural gas pipeline project in service

(UI) – Black Bear Transmission LLC’s subsidiary, Ozark Gas Transmission, placed its Supply Access natural gas pipeline project in-service on April 8, 2024.

The project consists of two miles of natural gas loop pipeline, a new compressor station and two new pipeline interconnects. The Supply Access project was undertaken to enhance gas supply reliability for Ozark shippers in response to disruptions experienced during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. These additional facilities will create access to new supply interconnections with major interstate pipelines from the east end of the Ozark Transmission system.

Ozark Transmission’s three largest customers, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas (AOG), Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), and Black Hills Energy signed long-term transportation agreements to support the Project.

“AOG is excited to benefit from Black Bear Transmission’s Ozark pipeline project,” said J.T. Toys, Senior Director of Gas Supply & Transportation for AOG. “The completion of this project supports AOG’s mission to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to homes and businesses for our customers.

“AOG will now have expanded access to natural gas infrastructure, elevating the reliability of our service and helping to stabilize natural gas prices. Projects like this only occur when industry stakeholders collaborate and prioritize customer satisfaction with the goal of achieving the best results for our consumers.”

“AECC appreciates the increased flexibility with supply options and improved reliability the completion of the project is expected to bring for delivering natural gas to two of its power plants,” added Andrew Lachowsky, AECC’s VP of Market Operations.

“This was a fantastic win for both our team and our Ozark Transmission customers,” added Rene Casadaban, Chief Executive Officer of Black Bear. “This project highlights Black Bear Transmission’s ability to utilize its existing pipeline infrastructure network to enhance services to customers while minimizing environmental impact”

Black Bear Transmission, LLC is a Basalt portfolio company that transports and delivers natural gas from various pipeline receipt points to utility, power generation and industrial customers in the Southeast United States. Black Bear owns and operates 12 regulated natural gas pipelines stretching approximately 1,800 miles with total delivery capacity of more than 2.6 Bcf per day.

The pipelines are connected to 18 major long-haul pipelines ensuring reliable gas supply to customers across Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

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