HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: KMP) today announced that its 50-50 joint venture with Imperial Oil Limited (TSX: IMO) has entered into additional firm take or pay agreements with strong, credit worthy oil company majors sufficient to allow a planned expansion project to move forward by adding incremental capacity of 110,000 barrels per day (bpd) at the Edmonton Rail Terminal. The terminal is now almost a year into construction. The Edmonton Rail Terminal will increase its capacity at startup in the first quarter of 2015 to over 210,000 bpd and potentially up to 250,000 bpd. The terminal will be connected via pipeline to Kinder Morgan’s adjacent Edmonton storage terminal and will be capable of sourcing all crude streams handled by Kinder Morgan for delivery by rail to North American markets and refineries. The rail terminal is being constructed and will be operated by Kinder Morgan, and will connect to both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific mainlines.
Including the addition of the expanded capacity, KMP’s investment in the project now totals approximately $232 million.
“The continued interest in this facility, and additional volume being contracted for with this announcement, further demonstrates how important it is for our customers to secure crude oil take away capacity using a variety of transportation options, including both pipeline and railway capacity to ensure crude oil reaches market,” said Kinder Morgan Terminals President John Schlosser.
The rail facility is being built with state-of-the-art technology and will incorporate extensive safety and environmental protection features, and will be staffed with trained personnel around the clock. On Dec. 20, 2013, Kinder Morgan and Imperial Oil Limited announced the formation of the joint venture and plans to build the Edmonton Rail Terminal in Strathcona County, Alberta.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) is a leading pipeline transportation and energy storage company and one of the largest publicly traded pipeline limited partnerships in America. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 52,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. The general partner of KMP is owned by Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI). Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the fourth largest energy company in North America with a combined enterprise value of approximately $110 billion. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. Its pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals and handle such products as ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel. KMI owns the general partner interests of KMP and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB), along with limited partner interests in KMP and EPB shares in Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR). For more information please visit www.kindermorgan.com.
This news release includes forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management, based on information currently available to them. Although Kinder Morgan believes that these forward-looking statements 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 include those enumerated in Kinder Morgan’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and except to the extent required by law, Kinder Morgan undertakes no obligation to update or review any forward-looking statement because of new information, future events or other factors. Because of these uncertainties, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.