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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners plans to increase biodiesel infrastructure
By Erin Voegele | January 18, 2012

In a recent quarterly financial report, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP outlined expected additions to its biodiesel distribution infrastructure, and noted that its Products Pipeline business segment has realized solid growth in biodiesel barrels handled. According to the report, Kinder Morgan is investing more than $35 million to continue to expand its renewable fuel handling capacities at several of its terminals across the nation. Regarding additions on the West Coast, Kinder Morgan says facility modifications to provide for the receipt, storage and blending of biodiesel will be installed at its Las Vegas, Phoenix, Colton, Calif., and Fresno, Calif., terminals in July. The company will also be making infrastructure additions in other regions of the country. Biodiesel blending modifications were to be completed at Plantation Pipe Line’s Collins, Miss., terminal by the end of December. According to Kinder Morgan, that project will provide for expanded biodiesel blending into the Plantation Pipe Line system, which stretches from Louisiana to near Washington, D.C. In Florida, Kinder Morgan noted that it already offers automated biodiesel blending at its Orlando terminal.  The company has also completed modifications to allow its Tampa terminal to receive both railcar and vessel biodiesel deliveries.

—Erin Voegele

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