HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) today announced that it has executed binding agreements with Antero Resources, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas and Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. for incremental firm transportation service on its Gulf Coast mainline system from the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) interconnection in Moultrie County, Illinois, to points north on NGPL’s pipeline system. These commitments will support the first phase of NGPL’s Chicago Market Expansion project, which will increase NGPL’s capacity by 238,000 dekatherms per day and provide transportation service to markets in proximity to Chicago, Illinois. The contracts, which include a variety of customers and demonstrate the broad appeal of the project, are for an average term of over 11 years.
“This phase of the expansion project meets the current natural gas transportation needs of the Chicago-area markets and Northeast producers by providing competitive rates from the expanded REX interconnection to the Chicago area,” said NGPL President David Devine. “We continue to have the ability to provide additional capacity northbound, as well as southbound to Gulf Coast markets, with further cost-effective expansions.”
NGPL intends to file a 7(c) certificate application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in June, with the project expected to be in service in November 2016. Those interested in obtaining more detailed information about NGPL’s potential for further expansion in a second phase of this project should contact Mark Menis, director of Business Development for NGPL, at CMEP@kindermorgan.com or (630) 725-3052, or visit the Kinder Morgan web site at www.kindermorgan.com.
NGPL is one of the largest interstate pipeline systems in the country with approximately 9,200 miles of pipeline, more than 1 million horsepower of compressor facilities and 288 billion cubic feet of working gas storage. Kinder Morgan, Inc. operates NGPL and owns a 20 percent interest in the pipeline company. Myria Holdings Inc. owns the remaining interest.