On April 24, 2009 Midcontinent Express Pipeline (MEP) began interim service on 266 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the interconnects with Houston Pipe Line Company and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) located near Paris, TX to an interconnect with the Columbia Gulf Pipeline near Delhi, LA. The capacity available to Columbia Gulf Pipeline is 641,000 Dth/d. MEP will also have primary firm deliveries available to NGPL in Atlanta, TX. Deliveries to Texas Gas and ANR Pipeline Company near Perryville, LA started on or about May 1, and receipts from Enogex Bennington Bryan and deliveries to CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission near Delhi, LA, started in May as well.
The 500-mile MEP is a 50-50 joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.
“The beginning of interim service on MEP is a huge step towards strengthening the nation’s energy infrastructure by providing clean-burning natural gas from the Barnett Shale and Bossier Sands in Texas, the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas and the Woodford Shale in Oklahoma, to Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets,” said Steve Kean, president of Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipelines.