Kinder Morgan to expand Texas pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP plans to build a $72 million natural gas pipeline to bring supplies from East Texas to Houston and Beaumont.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 16 -- Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP plans to build a $72 million natural gas pipeline to bring supplies from East Texas to Houston and Beaumont.

The proposed 58-mile, 24-in. pipeline will have multiple interconnections and will link the Kinder Morgan Tejas system in Houston County to the Kinder Morgan Texas system in Polk County near Goodrich, Tex.

The line will have an initial capacity of 225 MMcfd using existing horsepower and will be expandable to 400 MMcfd with additional horsepower.

Firm transportation for most of the initial capacity has been secured via a long-term binding agreement with CenterPoint Energy Services Inc.

Texas Intrastate Pipeline Group Pres. Tom Martin said the amount of drilling occurring along KMP's system in East Texas, including initial testing of the deep Bossier play in Houston and surrounding counties, were primary factors in deciding to add the pipeline, which will more than double capacity on Kinder Morgan's Tejas intrastate pipeline system.

Martin said the project's location is a good fit, as it complements the continuing storage expansion at the company's North Dayton facility.

KMP's Texas intrastate system comprises 6,000 miles of pipelines with a peak transport and sales capacity of about 5.2 bcfd of gas. The system primarily serves the Texas Gulf Coast, transporting, processing, and treating gas from multiple onshore and offshore supply sources to serve Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur, Tex.

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