Kinder Morgan Says Propane Available on Cochin from Canada

Kinder Morgan (Houston), owner and operator of the Cochin pipeline system, is advising third-party shippers that contrary to some erroneous reports, the line is fully operational and capable of operating at 50,000 bbld. In addition, gallons received into the pipeline from third-party storage facilities in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Regina, Saskatchewan can be delivered immediately to U.S. terminals.

“Therefore, if shippers request that additional propane be transported through the pipeline, we cur­rently have capacity available to handle such shipments,” the company said. Kinder Morgan charges shippers for transportation on the Cochin through tariffs filed with Canada’s National Energy Board and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The incentive tariffs are not dependent on the market price of propane and have not increased since going into effect on April 1, 2013.

“In summary, the current issues in the propane market are not the result of the Cochin pipeline system’s capacity or operations, and we stand ready to provide additional transportation and terminaling services to our shipper-customers to meet the propane needs in the markets they serve,” Kinder Morgan said.

In other news, ONEOK is reversing the flow of its NGL pipeline running from Medford, Okla. to Bushton, Kan., about 50 miles northwest of the Conway, Kan. trading hub and storage. The North Line 5 usually runs north to south and connects NGL facili­ties in Medford with others in Bushton.