Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) said Monday the segment of the El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline that experienced a pipeline failure and subsequent fire over the weekend, killing two people, had been extinguished.
The blast occurred at around 5:45 a.m. MT Sunday on Line 2000, near Coolidge, AZ. Two people died in the blast, and one other person was injured.
The pipeline remained shut down and the site secured as of Monday afternoon, according to KMI spokesperson Katherine Hill. An electronic bulletin board notice indicated the operational capacity through the Cimarron constraint of 567,300 Dth/d would be reduced to zero and remain in effect until further notice. There were no reported ongoing impacts to the environment or community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and the impacted community, and we are doing all we can to support them during this time,” Hill told NGI.
In addition, KMI is coordinating with the National Transportation Safety Board, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Arizona Corporate Commission and Coolidge City Fire Department on its response. An investigation was underway.
“We are also working closely with our customers on any impacts,” Hill said.
The incident sent spot natural gas prices screaming higher on Monday. El Paso S. Mainline/N. Baja next-day gas shot up $3.210 from Friday’s levels to average $7.425 for Tuesday’s gas day, according to NGI’s Daily Cash Market Prices.
With hot weather continuing in the region, the Washington Ranch storage facility was on maximum operational withdrawal, according to KMI.
Spot gas prices at KRGT Del Pool jumped $2.760 to average $7.180 for Tuesday’s gas day, NGI’s MidDay Alert data showed. The pricing hub includes deliveries of gas within Kern River Gas Transmission Co.’s Fuel Zone 11 in the Las Vegas area and Zones 12 and 13 in California.
Downstream in California, SoCal Citygate spot gas shot $3.095 above Friday’s levels to average $7.650.
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