Rockies Express announces open season for Northeast extension

Oct 29, 2007

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        HOUSTON, Oct. 29, 2007 – Rockies Express Pipeline LLC  (REX) today launched an open season to solicit market interest for the Northeast Express Project, a 375-mile extension of the Rockies Express natural gas pipeline project, stretching the pipeline’s route from its originally planned Clarington, Ohio, endpoint to Princeton, N.J.  Subject to regulatory approvals, the pipeline extension could go into service in late 2010 and transport as much as 1.5 million dekatherms per day (dth/day).

        The Rockies Express Pipeline partners are seeking non-binding bids from interested customers for contract terms of 10 years and longer with service beginning Jan. 1, 2011.  Bids should be submitted by Dec. 7, 2007, to Bob Mishler at (303) 914-7762 or
        Those interested in obtaining more detailed information about this open season can visit the REX web site at or contact Jeff Hartman, Sempra Pipelines & Storage, at (619) 696-1889 or; or Bob Mishler at (303) 914-7762 or
        “This proposed expansion gives shippers in the Northeast natural gas markets significant and attractive opportunities to diversify their natural gas supply portfolios,” said Mark Kissel, president of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP) West Region Gas Pipelines.  “The pipeline extension provides access to reliable Rocky Mountain natural gas supplies and offers customers in the Northeast that buy their gas from the Gulf Coast markets with an alternate low-cost delivery option, with access to gas storage fields in southwest Pennsylvania.”
        The expansion capitalizes on the efficient design of the REX pipeline and will have low-cost fuel rate delivering gas to the Northeast.

        The Rockies Express Pipeline is a $4.4 billion, 1,678-mile joint-venture pipeline linking natural gas producers in the Rocky Mountain region near Rio Blanco County, Colo., with customers in the eastern United States.  The first 328-mile segment of the project, which runs from the Meeker Hub in Rio Blanco County, Colo., to the Wamsutter Hub in Sweetwater County, Wyo., to the Cheyenne Hub in Weld County, Colo., is in service and has a current capacity of 500,000 (dth/day).  REX West, the segment from the Cheyenne Hub to Audrain County, Mo., is on schedule for an in-service date of Jan.1, 2008.  Construction on REX West is currently underway in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.  REX East, the segment from Audrain County, Mo., to Clarington, Ohio, is currently in the permitting stage and has a scheduled in-service date of Dec. 31, 2008.

        The Rockies Express Pipeline is a joint venture of KMP, Sempra Pipelines & Storage, a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), and is one of the largest natural gas pipelines to be constructed in North America.

        Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) is a leading pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America.  KMP owns an interest in or operates more than 24,000 miles of pipelines and 150 terminals.  Its pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals and handle bulk materials like coal and petroleum coke.  KMP is also the leading provider of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery projects in North America.  One of the largest publicly traded pipeline limited partnerships in America, KMP has an enterprise value of approximately $20 billion.  The general partner of KMP is owned by Knight Inc. (formerly Kinder Morgan, Inc.), a private company.

        Sempra Pipelines & Storage acquires, builds and operates natural gas pipelines and storage facilities in Mexico and the United States.  Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy-services holding company with 2006 revenues of nearly $12 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies’ 14,000 employees serve more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.

        ConocoPhillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around the world.  Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 32,500 employees, $173 billion of assets and $180 billion of annualized revenues as of Sep. 30, 2007.  For more information, go to

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