Black Bear Transmission's Ozark Supply Access Project Now In Service

(P&GJ) — Black Bear Transmission LLC announced that its subsidiary Ozark Gas Transmission placed its Supply Access Project in-service on April 8, 2024.

“This project highlights Black Bear Transmission’s ability to utilize its existing pipeline infrastructure network to enhance services to customers while minimizing environmental impact,” Rene Casadaban, CEO of Black Bear, said. “I am pleased with the successful execution of this project through the contracting, permitting, regulatory, and construction phases and would like to thank everyone involved for their contributions.”

The project includes 2 miles of natural gas loop pipeline, a new compressor station, and two new pipeline interconnects. It aims to enhance gas supply reliability for Ozark shippers, addressing 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.”


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