Kinder Morgan seeks to send more natgas from U.S. to Mexico

NEW YORK, March 6 Wed Mar 6, 2013 3:55pm EST

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC (KMTP) requested authorization from U.S. federal energy regulators to allow it to ship more natural gas from Texas to Mexico.

The company on Friday filed an application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to amend a presidential permit and authorization under the Natural Gas Act to permit it to ship 700 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of natural gas on the Mier-Monterrey pipeline from the existing 425 mmcfd.

"The increase in capability to move gas through the existing cross-border facilities will be accomplished by system modifications to nonjurisdictional facilities upstream of KMTP's cross-border facility," Kinder said in the filing.

The 95-mile Mier-Monterrey pipeline runs through international borders between Starr County, Texas, into Monterrey, Mexico, where it connects to a 1,000 megawatt power plant complex and into Pemex-Gas Y Petroquimica Basica's natural gas transportation system, Kinder said on its website.

Pemex currently ships gas on the pipeline.

Kinder is asking for the authorization by no later than June 1.

A Kinder spokesman said the company had "no announcements regarding customers or additional color to provide at this time."

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