Rockies Express Pipeline Begins Full Interim Service on REX-West

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Jan. 14 2008

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC today announced that interim service with capacity of about 1.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day began Saturday, Jan. 12, on approximately 500 miles of Rockies Express-West (REX-West) from the Cheyenne Hub in Weld County, Colo., to the ANR delivery point in Brown County, Kan. This section also includes delivery points to Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Northern Natural Gas Company and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America. The remaining 213-mile section of REX-West will continue eastward to Audrain County, Mo., and is expected to be in service in early February at which time capacity will increase to about 1.5 Bcf per day.

"We are delighted the majority of REX-West is in service and look forward to REX-West being fully operational in early February," said Scott Parker, president of Kinder Morgan's natural gas pipelines. REX-West is a 713 mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline with deliveries available on the pipeline system to interconnects with Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Northern Natural Gas Company, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, ANR and Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company.

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC is a joint venture of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Sempra Pipelines and Storage, a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), and is one of the largest natural gas pipelines to be constructed in North America. When completed, after receipt of all necessary approvals, the 1,678-mile pipeline will have a capacity of approximately 1.8 Bcf per day. Binding firm commitments from creditworthy shippers have been secured for all of the capacity on the pipeline. KMP is overseeing construction of the project and will operate the pipeline.

Subject to receipt of regulatory approvals, it is anticipated that interim service on REX-East will begin as early as Dec. 30, 2008, and be fully operational by June 2009. The first 328-mile segment of the Rockies Express project, which runs from the Meeker Hub in Rio Blanco County, Colo., to the Wamsutter Hub in Sweetwater County, Wyo., to the Cheyenne Hub is in service and has a current capacity of 500,000 dekatherms per day.

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