El Paso Natural Gas Co. has passed an important milepost on its trek toward independence from parent Burlington Resources Inc., a company spokesman said yesterday.

Enough holders of El Paso's 9.45% notes due 1999 and 8 5/8% debentures due 2012 tenderd their securities by last Tuesday to allow the company to substitute a supplemental indenture for both debt sereis, the spokesman said. Holders representing more than the required 50% principal amount of each series tendered their securities, he said.

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