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Kinder Morgan to expand Markham storage facility

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Meenal Datar

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Kinder Morgan has announced its plan to expand the working gas storage capacity at its Markham storage facility in Matagorda County along the Texas Gulf Coast, USA.

KMI has reached an agreement with private exploration and production company, Underground Services Markham, to lease an additional cavern at Markham to provide more than 6 billion ft3 of incremental working gas storage capacity. As well as, 650 million ft3 per day of incremental withdrawal capacity on KMI’s extensive Texas intrastate pipeline system.

Anchor shippers have subscribed to approximately half of the available capacity under long-term agreements, and commercial in-service for the project is expected in January 2024.

KMI natural gas midstream president Tom Dender says: ‘We are pleased to increase our natural gas storage solutions to further support Texas customers…Storage capabilities on highly utilised assets are critical to support Texas’ ability to respond to an energy crisis and ensure energy reliability as renewables become a greater portion of the state’s energy mix. This expansion will provide much needed capacity that could supply gas-fired electric generation facilities within ERCOT and provide electric service to well in excess of one million homes in Texas.’

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