680-Mile Ruby Pipeline Begins Service

August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8

El Paso Corp. placed its Ruby Pipeline in service on July 28. Ruby is a 680-mile, 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline, providing transportation service from Opal, WY to interconnections near Malin, OR.

“Ruby is across the finish line, completing more than three-and-a-half years of stakeholder outreach and construction,” said Jim Cleary, president of El Paso’s Western Pipelines. “During its construction, Ruby generated thousands of jobs and provided significant revenues for local communities as well as county and state governments. It will continue to deliver long-term economic and environmental benefits, by providing clean-burning natural gas supplies from the major Rocky Mountain basins to consumers in California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.”

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) invested $700 million in the Ruby project. Upon satisfaction of various closing conditions, GIP will increase its equity interest in the project to 50%.