Enterprise and Duncan Energy Announce Service on Sherman Extension Pipeline

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Mar. 23, 2009

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) and Duncan Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE:DEP) today announced that construction has been completed on the 174-mile Sherman Extension expansion of the Enterprise Texas Intrastate natural gas pipeline system which extends through the heart of the prolific Barnett Shale play of North Texas. Current throughput on the Sherman Extension is approximately 360 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) and is expected to reach about 950 MMcf/d during April 2009, as the remainder of the system’s 48,000 horsepower of compression is brought online.

The 36-inch diameter pipeline originates at a delivery point on the partnerships’ Texas Intrastate natural gas pipeline system near Morgan Mill, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth, and extends northward to an interconnect with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.’s Gulf Crossing pipeline near Sherman, Texas. The completion of the Sherman Extension adds 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of incremental takeaway capacity from the region, while providing producers in the Barnett Shale and as far away as the Waha area of West Texas with greater flexibility to reach the most attractive markets, particularly those in the Northeast and Southeast areas of the country. Current natural gas production from the Barnett Shale is approximately 4 Bcf/d and is projected to surpass 6 Bcf/d by 2011.

“Since we first announced this initiative a little more than two years ago, the production performance of the Barnett Shale has continued to exceed expectations,” said Michael A. Creel, Enterprise president and chief executive officer. “Highlighted by the fact that there are currently more than 350 completed wells awaiting pipeline connections, the need for midstream infrastructure like the Sherman Extension has never been greater.”

The Sherman Extension also laid the foundation for a separate but complementary project that the partnerships are currently developing to support emerging new areas of the Barnett Shale that are not adequately served by pipelines today. The partnerships are in the process of constructing a new 40-mile pipeline that will link producers in the Trinity River Basin to the Sherman Extension near Justin, Texas. This 30-inch and 36-inch diameter pipeline, which originates in Tarrant County, Texas, has a capacity of 1 Bcf/d and, like the Sherman Extension project, is supported by long-term transportation agreements with major producers. The Trinity River lateral is on track to begin service in late 2009 or early 2010.

The Texas Intrastate natural gas pipeline system is owned by Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC. Affiliates of Enterprise Products and Duncan Energy together own Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC.

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