Kinder Morgan Proposes Arizona Pipeline

August 2012, Vol. 239 No. 8

Kinder Morgan is proposing the Sasabe Lateral project in southeastern Arizona, which would include constructing a 36-inch lateral pipeline and facilities to provide an initial 160 MMcf/d of capacity from a point of interconnection with Kinder Morgan's existing pipeline system west of Tucson.

The Sasabe Lateral would extend 60 miles to a point at the U.S.-Mexico border, near Sasabe where it would interconnect with a new pipeline in Mexico at the direction of the Mexico Comision Federal de Electricidad.

Several possible routes are being evaluated. One potential route would cross portions of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge along Highway 286, which would require approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Subject to regulatory approvals, construction could begin in 2014, with anticipated in-service in September 2014.