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Kinder Morgan and Howard Energy expansions

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Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline LLC (Tejas), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., and Howard Energy Partners (HEP) have announced plans to expand their respective Eagle Ford natural gas transportation systems. The projects aim to deliver nearly 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of Eagle Ford production to Gulf Coast markets.

Tejas will construct a 67-mile, 42-inch pipeline that will connect the existing Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline (KMTP) compressor station near Freer, Texas to the Tejas pipeline system near Sinton, Texas. Dos Caminos, a joint venture between HEP and an affiliate of Eagle Ford Midstream LP, will construct a 62-mile, 36-inch pipeline, along with compression, treating, and dehydration facilities. This pipeline will connect HEP’s existing midstream pipelines and facilities in Webb County, Texas to the KMTP compressor station in Freer, Texas.

The projects are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023. Once completed, the expanded systems will have the capacity to deliver up to 2 Bcf/d of natural gas to U.S. Gulf Coast markets.

The expansion projects, with an estimated cost of $251 million, are expected to provide critical supply links for the growing demand from power generators, industrial customers, and LNG exporters along the Texas intrastate pipeline network.

Mike Howard, CEO of HEP, expressed excitement about the expansion, stating that it will be an important next chapter in helping producers in Webb County and surrounding areas gain access to premier natural gas markets.

Interested shippers can contact Larry Bell, chief commercial officer for Intrastate Pipelines in KMI’s Midstream group, or Tres Peacock, commercial director for HEP, for more information about the projects.

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