FERC approves Midcontinent Express pipeline

Midcontinent Express, a JV of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Energy Transfer Partners, received final US FERC approval to construct its $1.27 billion Midcontinent Express gas pipeline.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 8 -- Midcontinent Express Pipeline, a joint venture of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Energy Transfer Partners LP, received final US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to construct its $1.27 billion Midcontinent Express gas pipeline (OGJ, Feb. 18, 2008, Newsletter).

The 506-mile interstate system will deliver as much as 1.5 bcfd of gas to customers in the southern and eastern US through 30-in., 36-in., and 42-in. gas transmission pipeline in Oklahoma, northeastern Texas, northern Louisiana, central Mississippi, and Alabama. The system also will include a 4.1-mile lateral in Louisiana and other related facilities, including 111,420 hp of compression at four new compressor stations and one booster station.

The pipeline is scheduled to be in service by early March 2009, the companies reported.

FERC also approved a certificate authorizing Enogex Inc. to lease as much as 272,000 bcfd of capacity on its Oklahoma intrastate system to Midcontinent Express—a move that had been contested by several other companies but which FERC found not to be unduly discriminatory.

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