Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kinder Morgan begins moving biodiesel on Oregon pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP in September began moving B2 through its 115-mile Oregon Pipeline that runs from Portland to Eugene. The move came following successful test runs. ‘
Kinder Morgan’s Oregon line is one of only a few pipelines in the U.S. able to regularly transport blended biodiesel, according to the company, because it does not transport jet fuel, eliminating the potential for intermixing of product into jet fuel batches.
“This new biodiesel shipment capability will help diesel fuel suppliers throughout Oregon meet a state biodiesel mandate that goes into effect on Oct. 1,” said Tom Bannigan, KMP Products Pipeline president. “We are transporting B2 in a way that’s operationally efficient, quality controlled and cost effective.”
The first commercial batch of approximately 100,000 barrels of B2 was created using a new blending system to inject B99 into ultra-low sulfur diesel at the company’s Willbridge terminal in Portland. Other area terminals also are expected to deliver B2 to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

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