Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia LNG Export Plant Progresses

Last July Kinder Morgan bought out joint venture partner Shell’s portion of a proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) project on the coast of Georgia (see KM Buys Shell’s Share in Elba LNG Export Plant, Marcellus Exports?). What does the Georgia Elba LNG plant have to do with Marcellus/Utica? Maybe nothing, but we suspect something. Kinder’s arch rival Williams owns the mighty Transco pipeline that connects, via the Elba Express pipeline, to the LNG facility. Currently Elba Island imports LNG. However, Williams has been on a mission to send Marcellus gas south–including to Georgia (see Marcellus Gas Heading to Georgia via Transco Pipeline). We don’t think it’s much of a stretch that Marcellus Shale gas, via the Transco, will be at least some of, if not the primary, source for gas exported from the Elba facility. The Elba facility is progressing. Yesterday Kinder announced “a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup of Kinder Morgan’s natural gas liquefaction project at Elba Island, near Savannah, Georgia.” The contract was awarded to IHI E&C…

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