Kinder Morgan Signs Up New Customers for Portion of NED Pipeline

new customersKinder Morgan continues to fight an uphill battle to get its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project accepted and approved. In March MDN noticed that Kinder had failed to sign up any new customers in the previous eight month period, with commitments remaining at 500,000 dekatherms per day, equivalent to 1/2 Bcf/d (see Kinder Morgan Fails to Sign Up New NED Customers in Last 8 Mos). In July the Kinder Morgan board committed to building the project–but in a scaled back form (see KM Board Approves Scaled-Back New England Pipeline for $3.3B). Most of the attention has been on the portion of the pipeline project that runs from Wright, NY to Dracut, MA–the section of the project Kinder calls “the Market Path.” Anti-fossil fuel nutters in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where the new pipeline would run, have staged various protests and publicity campaigns. Not much has been said about the portion of the project that will run from northeastern Pennsylvania (Susquehanna County) to Wright, NY (in Schoharie County)–the section Kinder calls “the Supply Path.” That is, not much has been said until now. Kinder announced on Tuesday they’ve landed new/unnamed customers to ship natural gas along the Supply Path portion of NED. Indeed, they’ve signed up 627,000 dekatherms per day (roughly 2/3 of a Bcf/d) for the Supply Path portion of NED…

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