MarkWest a “Prime Buyout Candidate” for Kinder Morgan?!

Richard Kinder, CEO and chairman of the board at Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, is a man on the prowl. Kinder Morgan (KM), for those not familiar, is this country’s largest midstream (pipeline and processing plant) company–and by market capitalization, the fourth largest energy company in the U.S. KM has increasingly aimed its sights at the Marcellus/Utica region, including an expansion of its Tenneessee Gas Pipeline across the state of Massachusetts (see Kinder Signs up New Customers for MA Pipeline, 63% of Capacity). Richard Kinder, the man in charge, has been consolidating the different divisions and units and subsidiaries of the company and now has billions to go shopping. What’s he looking for? To purchase “rival pipeline operators,” including the biggest and best in the Marcellus/Utica…

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