Rockies Express Pipeline Begins Full Interim Service on REX-West



    HOUSTON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ -- Rockies Express Pipeline LLC today announced
that interim service with capacity of about 1.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per
day began Saturday, Jan. 12, on approximately 500 miles of Rockies
Express-West (REX-West) from the Cheyenne Hub in Weld County, Colo., to the
ANR delivery point in Brown County, Kan.  This section also includes delivery
points to Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Northern Natural Gas
Company and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America.  The remaining 213-mile
section of REX-West will continue eastward to Audrain County, Mo., and is
expected to be in service in early February at which time capacity will
increase to about 1.5 Bcf per day.
    "We are delighted the majority of REX-West is in service and look forward
to REX-West being fully operational in early February," said Scott Parker,
president of Kinder Morgan's natural gas pipelines.  REX-West is a 713 mile,
42-inch diameter pipeline with deliveries available on the pipeline system to
interconnects with Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Northern Natural
Gas Company, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, ANR and Panhandle
Eastern Pipeline Company.
    Rockies Express Pipeline LLC is a joint venture of Kinder Morgan Energy
Partners, L.P. (NYSE:   KMP), Sempra Pipelines and Storage, a unit of Sempra
Energy (NYSE:   SRE), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:   COP), and is one of the largest
natural gas pipelines to be constructed in North America.  When completed,
after receipt of all necessary approvals, the 1,678-mile pipeline will have a
capacity of approximately 1.8 Bcf per day.  Binding firm commitments from
creditworthy shippers have been secured for all of the capacity on the
pipeline.  KMP is overseeing construction of the project and will operate the
pipeline.
    Subject to receipt of regulatory approvals, it is anticipated that
interim service on REX-East will begin as early as Dec. 30, 2008, and be fully
operational by June 2009.  The first 328-mile segment of the Rockies Express
project, which runs from the Meeker Hub in Rio Blanco County, Colo., to the
Wamsutter Hub in Sweetwater County, Wyo., to the Cheyenne Hub is in service
and has a current capacity of 500,000 dekatherms per day.
    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is a leading pipeline transportation and
energy storage company in North America. KMP owns an interest in or operates
more than 24,000 miles of pipelines and 150 terminals. Its pipelines transport
natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and its terminals
store petroleum products and chemicals and handle bulk materials like coal and
petroleum coke. KMP is also the leading provider of CO2 for enhanced oil
recovery projects in North America. One of the largest publicly traded
pipeline limited partnerships in America, KMP has an enterprise value of
approximately $20 billion. The general partner of KMP is owned by Knight Inc.
(formerly Kinder Morgan, Inc.), a private company.
    Sempra Pipelines & Storage acquires, builds and operates natural gas
pipelines and storage facilities in Mexico and the United States. Sempra
Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy-services holding company
with 2006 revenues of nearly $12 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' 14,000
employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.
    ConocoPhillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around
the world. Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 32,500
employees, $173 billion of assets and $180 billion of revenues as of September
30, 2007. For more information, go to http://www.conocophillips.com.
    This news release includes forward-looking statements. Although Kinder
Morgan believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it
can give no assurance that such assumptions will materialize. Important
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements herein are enumerated in Kinder Morgan's Forms 10-K
and 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    This press release contains statements that are not historical fact and
constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When Sempra Energy uses words like
"believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "may,"
"would," "should" or similar expressions, or when Sempra Energy discusses its
strategy or plans, the company is making forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. They involve
risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Future results may differ materially
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    Sempra Pipelines & Storage is not the same company as the utilities,
SDG&E or SoCalGas, and Sempra Pipelines & Storage is not regulated by the
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For further information: Joe Hollier, media relations, +1-713-369-9176,
or  Mindy Mills, investor relations, +1-713-369-9490, both of Kinder Morgan
Energy  Partners, L.P.; or Art Larson, media relations, 1-877-866-2066, or
Glen Donovan,  investor relations, 1-877-736-7727, both of Sempra Energy; or
Bill Graham, media  relations, +1-281-293-1978, or Gary Russell, investor
relations,  +1-212-207-1996, both of ConocoPhillips Web Site:
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