HOUSTON, Dec. 12 /CNW/ -- Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX) today
announced it has completed a successful non-binding open season for the
Northeast Express project, a 375-mile extension of REX that would extend the
pipeline's route from Clarington, Ohio, and add capacity to receive volumes
from Lebanon, Ohio, to the endpoint in Princeton, N.J. REX officials reported
that market interest during the open season exceeded the pipeline's initial
design estimate of 1.5 million dekatherms per day. Interested parties included
natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, local distribution companies and
REX plans to begin negotiating binding agreements with these potential
customers. Subject to receipt of sufficient binding commitments and regulatory
approvals, the pipeline extension could go into service in late 2010. The
proposed expansion capitalizes on the efficient design of the REX pipeline and
will have a low-cost fuel rate delivering gas to the Northeast.
REX is a $4.4 billion 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, the 1,678-mile
pipeline will have a capacity of approximately 1.8 billion cubic feet per day.
Binding firm commitments from creditworthy shippers have been secured for
virtually all of the capacity on the pipeline. KMP is overseeing construction
of the project and will operate the pipeline.
The first 328-mile segment of REX, which runs from the Meeker Hub in Rio
Blanco County, Colo., to the Wamsutter Hub in Sweetwater County, Wyo., to the
Cheyenne Hub in Weld County, Colo., is in service and has a current capacity
of 500,000 dekatherms per day. The next segment, REX-West, is a 713 mile,
42-inch diameter pipeline that will extend from the Cheyenne Hub to an
interconnection with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline located in Audrain County, Mo.
It is anticipated that interim service on REX-West will be available in late
December, with full service by February 2008. Subject to receipt of regulatory
approvals, it is anticipated that interim service on REX-East will begin as
early as Dec. 30, 2008, and the pipeline will be fully operational by June
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) 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 in the United States, Europe,
Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.
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
from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements are necessarily based upon various assumptions involving judgments
with respect to the future and other risks, including, among others: local,
regional, national and international economic, competitive, political,
legislative and regulatory conditions and developments; actions by the
California Public Utilities Commission, the California State Legislature, the
California Department of Water Resources, the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission and other regulatory bodies in the United States and other
countries; capital markets conditions, inflation rates, interest rates and
exchange rates; energy and trading markets, including the timing and extent of
changes in commodity prices; the availability of natural gas; weather
conditions and conservation efforts; war and terrorist attacks; business,
regulatory, environmental, and legal decisions and requirements; the status of
deregulation of retail natural gas and electricity delivery; the timing and
success of business development efforts; the resolution of litigation; and
other uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which
are beyond the control of the company. These risks and uncertainties are
further discussed in the company's reports filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission that are available through the EDGAR system without charge
at its Web site, http://www.sec.gov and on the company's Web site,
Sempra Pipelines & Storage is not the same company as the utilities,
SDG&E or SoCalGas, and Sempra Pipelines & Storage is not regulated by the
California Public Utilities Commission.
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