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Kinder Morgan growing Sweeny Lateral pipeline

Pipeline transportation and energy storage company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is increasing capacity on the Sweeny Lateral pipeline and has entered into a long-term contract to support the expansion.

The Sweeny Lateral pipeline connects the Kinder Morgan Crude Condensate (KMCC) pipeline to Phillip 66's Sweeny refinery in Brazoria County, Texas.

The project will see capacity increase from 30,000 bpd to 100,000 bpd. Kinder Morgan will add a new 120,000-barrel storage tank and additional pumps at its Wharton Pump station, and increase the truck offload capabilities at its DeWitt Station to facilitate the increase in capacity. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2013.

KMP Products Pipelines president Ron McClain says the expansion 'provides Phillips 66 with a flexible option to move more crude and condensate out of the Eagle Ford shale to their refinery in Sweeny'.