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Kinder Morgan to Expand Mier-Monterrey Pipeline

A subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Inc. is planning to more than double capacity on a natural gas pipeline that serves northern Mexico.  Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Midstream announced the start of a binding open season to solicit interest for incremental firm natural gas transportation service on its Mier-Monterrey pipeline. The open season will begin Aug. 13 and run until Aug. 22.

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The expansion project would expand capacity on the pipeline to approximately 1.340 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), an addition of about 700 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). The project, which would be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017, will consist of the looping of the existing Mier-Monterrey pipeline system from the Mexico-U.S. border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a new lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, Mexico, to Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico.

“We received significant interest from our initial open season on this project as natural gas demand in Mexico continues to increase,” said Duane Kokinda, president of Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Midstream. “The proposed looping project utilizes and expands upon our existing assets to provide a low-cost option for additional capacity to transport natural gas produced in the United States to the growing industrial and power-generating markets in and around Monterrey, Nuevo León.”

Interested parties should submit their written request for the Binding Bidding Guidelines to Alex Araya, director of marketing and transport for Kinder Morgan Midstream, at alex_araya@kindermorgan.com or (713) 369-8820. For more information on the open season, visit kindermorgan.com.

Kinder Morgan Gas Natural de México S. de R.L. de C.V. owns and operates the 85-mile Mier-Monterrey pipeline, which has been in service since 2003 and stretches from the International Border between the United States and Mexico in Starr County, Texas, to Monterrey, Mexico. The pipeline connects to a 1,000-MW power plant complex and to the Pemex natural gas transportation system.

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