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    Kinder Morgan Says Final Elba Unit Now Commercial


All 10 small-scale liquefaction units now in commercial service

by: Dale Lunan

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Kinder Morgan Says Final Elba Unit Now Commercial

US infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan said August 27 it had placed the last of 10 movable modular liquefaction system (MMLS) units at its $2bn Elba Liquefaction Project (ELP) in Georgia into commercial service.

ELP is a joint venture of Kinder Morgan and EIG Global Energy Partners, and is integrated with the existing LNG import and regasification facility on Elba Island, near Savannah, operated by Kinder Morgan’s Southern LNG Co.

“The development of this facility was a tremendous undertaking, and we are extremely pleased to have this project in service,” said Kimberly Watson, east region president of Kinder Morgan Natural Gas. “The team co-ordinated with our customer and local, state and federal agencies to put in service a new technology for modular liquefaction units. Its functionality as a bi-directional import/export facility makes it ideal for the changing flow patterns that can occur from time to time.”

Now in full commercial operation, the Elba Island liquefaction facility has a total capacity of about 2.5mn mt/yr of LNG, or about 350mn ft3/day of natural gas. All of the output is contracted to Anglo-Dutch major Shell under a 20-year contract.