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06/03/2011

El Paso Pipeline Partners Closes New Revolving Credit Facility; Extends Maturity to 2016

El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE: EPB) announced today that it has closed on a new revolving credit facility. The new $1.0 billion EPB facility increases its revolving credit capacity from the previous $0.75 billion facility and now matures in 2016. The credit terms are similar to the previous facility, with the exception that certain restrictive covenants will be removed in the event that EPB receives an investment grade rating for its senior unsecured debt.

The EPB facility was financed through a syndication of 24 financial institutions. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and RBS Securities Inc. acted as coordinators for the EPB Facility.

El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. is a Delaware limited partnership formed by El Paso Corporation to own and operate natural gas transportation pipelines and storage assets. El Paso Corporation currently owns a 42 percent limited partner interest and 2 percent general partner interest in the partnership. El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. owns Wyoming Interstate Company, L.L.C. (WIC), Southern LNG Company, L.L.C. (SLNG), Elba Express Company, L.L.C. (Elba Express), an 85 percent interest in Southern Natural Gas Company (SNG), and a 58 percent interest in Colorado Interstate Gas Company (CIG). WIC and CIG are interstate pipeline systems serving the Rocky Mountain region, SLNG owns the Elba Island LNG storage and regasification terminal near Savannah, Georgia, and both Elba Express and SNG are interstate pipeline systems serving the southeastern region of the United States.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements about the offering may be forward-looking statements as defined under federal law. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and factors, many of which are outside the control of El Paso Pipeline Partners, and a variety of risks that could cause results to differ materially from those expected by the management of El Paso Pipeline Partners. El Paso Pipeline Partners undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.

 

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