The first phase of an expansion of Kinder Morgan Inc.'s (KMI) Texas Intrastate Natural Gas system -- a 50-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline -- entered service at the beginning of September, KMI said in an email. The project cost about $164 million and provides more than 1 million Dth/d of transportation capacity to serve customers in Texas and Mexico. It is supported by commitments from Mexico's Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and with Cheniere Energy Inc. for its Corpus Christi, TX, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. (Phase 1 was previously announced as two separate projects: the Texas Intrastate Crossover and the Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG projects.) Phase 2 of the Texas Intrastate system expansion, which has an estimated cost of $161 million, is expected to enter service in late 2018 and is supported by a long-term commitment from SK E&S LNG LLC for service to the Freeport LNG export facility.
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