Atmos Energy 8-K 2005
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or
15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
November 30, 2005
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On November 30, 2005, Atmos Energy Corporation, through its Atmos-Pipeline Texas Division (the Company), entered into a Pipeline Construction and Operating Agreement with Energy Transfer Fuel, LP (ETF), a Delaware limited partnership, which is an affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP), a Delaware master limited partnership (the Agreement). Under the terms of the Agreement, the parties will construct, operate and each own an undivided 50% interest in a 30-inch natural gas pipeline, approximately 45 miles in length, to serve gas distribution customers in developing areas of North Texas and to provide gas producers in the Barnett Shale area and other shippers in the Fort Worth Basin area of Texas with additional pipeline capacity to reach markets on both the Atmos Energy and ETF pipeline systems. The Company will be responsible for contributing no more than $42,500,000 to the construction costs of the pipeline. The Company is also obligated to contribute 50% of the costs of compression facilities being constructed to facilitate capacity on and operation of the pipeline. The Company will be the operator of the pipeline upon the completion of its construction. In addition, the parties will form a management committee comprised of four members, with the parties appointing two members each, to oversee the management of the construction and operation of the pipeline. The Agreement contains other terms and conditions that are usual and customary for transactions of this type.
With respect to any relationships between the Company or its affiliates to ETF and ETP, the Company currently has a transportation arrangement with ETF to transport natural gas to certain areas of its distribution system in Central Texas and has entered into other more limited miscellaneous agreements with ETF. In addition, in January 2004, the Company and three other natural gas distribution companies sold to ETP their ownership interests in U.S. Propane Partners, L.P. and U.S. Propane, L.L.C., its general partner. However, none of these transactions, individually or in the aggregate, has created a relationship that is material to either of the parties to the Agreement or their affiliates. A copy of the Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. The foregoing summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement.
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information described in Item 1.01 above is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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