Kinder Morgan cancels Northeast Energy Direct, Palmetto pipelines

Kinder Morgan Inc. has cancelled both its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) natural gas and Palmetto liquids pipeline projects, citing insufficient contractual commitments for the former and unfavorable action by the Georgia legislature regarding eminent domain for the latter.

NED was to have extended between Wright, NY, and Dracut, Mass., using 30-in. OD pipe to provide 1.3-2.2 bcfd of incremental gas capacity to Kinder Morgan’s existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline system (OGJ Online, July 17, 2015).

Palmetto was to have moved 167,000 b/d of gasoline, diesel, and ethanol from Louisiana and Mississippi to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The project included expansion of the Plantation Pipeline between Baton Rouge, La., and Belton, SC, and 360 miles of newbuild line between Belton and Jacksonville, Fla. (OGJ Online, Aug. 4, 2015).

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