Kinder Morgan details expansion plans to export natural gas to Mexico.

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced that El Paso Natural Gas Company has entered into a 21-year firm transportation agreement with Mexico's Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to initially provide 163,000 Dth/d of firm transportation capacity by October, ramping up to 200,000 Dth/d by October 2017 and 550,000 Dth/d by October 2020. The phased capacity increases will be accomplished using existing and expansion capacity on the EPNG system. Capital expenditures are estimated at $529 million.

Engineering and procurement activities have begun on the first phase of work which involves system improvements to deliver volumes to the Sierrita Pipeline near Tucson by October. The second phase will result in incremental deliveries of natural gas to the Sierrita Pipeline and to California, and is expected to be completed by October 2020. The Sierrita Pipeline is expected to be in service shortly.

"This firm transportation agreement will help CFE to realize its goal of converting numerous fuel oil-powered generation plants throughout Mexico to natural gas, as...

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