US-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has completed its $153 million (107 million) East Line expansion that increases pipeline capacity between Texas and Arizona.
The expansion replaced almost 130 miles of 8-inch diameter pipeline between El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, with a 16-inch diameter pipe, increasing capacity on the East Line to over 200,000 barrels a day.
'With the completion of this project, Kinder Morgan is positioned to meet future consumer demand for motor and jet fuels in one of the nation's fastest growing areas while further enhancing the reliability of fuel supply to Arizona,' Tom Bannigan, president of KMP's products pipelines business, says.
Kinder Morgan's East and West Lines are the principal delivery system for transporting refined petroleum products to Arizona from refining centres in southern California, Texas and New Mexico.
In 2006, Kinder Morgan completed the first phase of its pipeline expansion into Arizona by replacing more than 230 miles of 8-inch diameter pipeline between El Paso and Phoenix, with new 16-and 12-inch diameter pipes.
The initial project also included construction of a new pump station and a 490,000 barrel tank facility near El Paso, and upgrades to existing stations and terminals between El Paso and Phoenix.
The East Line is part of KMP's Pacific Operations which serve six western states with approximately 3,000 miles of refined petroleum products pipelines and related terminal facilities. The regulated, common-carrier pipelines transport over 1.2 million barrels of petroleum, jet fuel and diesel daily into some of the fastest growing population centres in the US, such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.