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Kinder Morgan (KMI) Announces Texas Facility Capacity Expansion

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Kinder Morgan (KMI - Free Report) disclosed its plan to expand the working gas storage space at its Markham Storage facility, located in Matagorda County along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Markham, with a current operating gas storage capacity of 21.8 billion cubic feet (Bcf), has a peak flow of 1.1 Bcf/day of natural gas with numerous receiving and delivery sites.

In order to increase the aforementioned storage capacity by more than 6 Bcf and the daily withdrawal capacity by 650 million cubic feet (on KMI's 7,000-mile intrastate pipeline system in Texas), KMI entered into an agreement with Underground Services Markham, a subsidiary of Texas Brine Company.

According to Tom Dender, president of KMI Natural Gas Midstream, during winter storm Uri, KMI's storage portfolio was essential for providing Texas residents with basic necessities while also supplying a number of electricity generating facilities. He added that by increasing natural gas storage solutions, the company will be able to further support Texas customers, especially during extreme weather events. This expansion will help provide electric service to well over a million homes in Texas.

Under long-term contracts, anchor shippers have reserved around half of the capacity. The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation in January 2024.

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Kinder Morgan currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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