Kinder Morgan begins ethanol pipeline service

By Ron Kotrba | January 03, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 8, 2008 at 9:57 a.m. CST

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP announced Dec. 2 that it's transporting commercial batches of denatured ethanol, along with gasoline shipments, in its 16-inch Central Florida Pipeline between Tampa and Orlando, Fla., which are approximately 85 miles apart.

The company invested $10 million to modify the line for ethanol shipments. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is the first transmarket gasoline pipeline to commercially move ethanol shipments by way of pipeline. The $10 million investment went toward chemically cleaning the pipeline, replacing ethanol-incompatible equipment along the line, and expanding storage capacity at its Orlando terminal to handle ethanol shipments.

In addition to the $10 million spent on the Central Florida Pipeline ethanol project, Kinder Morgan's Products Pipeline segment approved more than $90 million in ethanol and other biofuel projects, including additional tankage and truck rack modifications "for new or expanded ethanol and biodiesel at various locations in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest," the company stated.

Ethanol Producer Magazine reported Oct. 17 that Kinder Morgan Energy Partners had just completed testing of ethanol shipments at that time.