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Trailblazer Eyes Powder River Supplies

Trailblazer Eyes Powder River Supplies

Trailblazer Pipeline is planning an expansion project and a potential extension to serve growing production in the Powder River basin in Wyoming. The pipeline last week started an open season to test the market for both projects.

The proposed extension would require installation of 149 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline and related compression facilities, as well as compression and possibly looping of the existing Trailblazer system. It would extend Trailblazer to Glenrock, WY, at an interconnection of several pipelines that serve the Powder River Supply Basin in Wyoming and Montana. Trailblazer terminates in Gage County, NE. Trailblazer proposes to interconnect with Thunder Creek Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission and Fort Union Pipeline. Potential interconnections with other pipelines also will be considered.

"With the significant growth occurring in Rocky Mountain natural gas supplies, there is a need for additional pipeline transportation service," said Richard D. Kinder, CEO of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, which owns two-thirds of Trailblazer. "This open season will help us determine the demand and enable us to move forward appropriately to extend and/or expand the Trailblazer Pipeline."

In addition, Trailblazer is accepting bids for an expansion project with capacity from Rockport, CO, where Trailblazer interconnects with Colorado Interstate Gas Co., Wyoming Interstate Company, West Gas, and KMIGT and terminates in Gage County, NB. With this project, Trailblazer anticipates it would need to install two new compressor stations, add additional horsepower at compressor station 602 and perhaps construct some 36-inch loop, depending on the level of interest. Trailblazer would utilize existing transmission right-of-way and compressor sites it already owns to minimize the overall project costs and environmental impact.

Trailblazer is proposing two projects and shippers may bid on one or both of the projects. Based on the bids, Trailblazer will inform shippers which project or combination of projects it intends to develop. The open season began on Monday and will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 23. To obtain more information contact Ron Brown at (713) 369-9290.

Trailblazer operates a 436-mile pipeline system that runs from Colorado through Southeastern Wyoming to Beatrice, NB. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. owns a two-thirds interest in Trailblazer, with the other one-third interest owned by Enron Trailblazer Pipeline Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Enron Corp. Trailblazer is operated by Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Rocco Canonica

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