Kinder Morgan conducts first test of B5 in pipeline

By Susanne Retka Schill | October 14, 2008
Web exclusive posted Oct. 17, 2008 at 10:02 a.m. CST

Having successfully tested moving ethanol in its Central Florida pipeline system, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP is now assessing biodiesel transport. In mid-October the company said it is currently testing a movement of B5 in a segment of the Plantation Pipe Line Co. system that transports gasoline and diesel from Collins, Miss., to Spartanburg, S.C.

Kinder Morgan, a 51 percent owner and the operator of Plantation Pipe Line, expects test results to be available by the end of October. The company is also evaluating the transportation of biodiesel in its Portland to Eugene, Ore., pipeline to support the forthcoming biodiesel mandate in Oregon.

"We are pursuing pipeline solutions to the overall supply chain for biofuels," said Tom Bannigan, KMP products president. "We look forward to working with producers and our shippers as we continue to assess the optimum transportation and storage logistics for meeting the demand for alternative fuels in the market place."

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners owns an interest in, or operates, more than 25,000 miles of pipelines and 165 terminals handling petroleum products. It recently has expanded its capacity to handle ethanol at its terminals and pipelines. The Plantation Pipe Line project is the company's first testing for the optimization of biodiesel transport via pipeline.
 
 
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