Kinder Morgan plans products pipeline expansion

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP plans a $9 million expansion of a 550-mile products pipeline from California to Nevada. The expansion will increase the jet fuel supply to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, June 5 -- Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP plans a $9 million expansion of a 550-mile products pipeline from California to Nevada.

The expansion will increase the jet fuel supply to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev.

The CALNEV pipeline transports gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel to Las Vegas from Colton, Calif. It consists of an 8-in. jet fuel line that runs directly to McCarran, and a 14-in. line that has excess capacity to transport products to the Las Vegas market.

The project will expand the capacity of the 14-in. line to 128,000 b/d from 108,000. More handling and storage facilities will also be built at KMP's Las Vegas terminal.

The expansion project is under way and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2002.

Richard D. Kinder, chairman and CEO of KMP, said, "While there is currently ample excess capacity on the 14-in. line to supply additional jet fuel for the short-term, the expansion is necessary to consistently move incremental jet fuel volumes for the long-term. The expansion will also significantly improve our flexibility to schedule the 14-in. pipeline and meet our customers' delivery needs for all of our products -- gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel."

Costs of the project will be shared by KMP and LASFUEL, the McCarran International Airport fuel consortium.

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