Kinder Morgan and Copano Energy Enter Agreement with Williams Partners

Eagle Ford Gathering LLC joint venture has entered into a long term agreement with Williams Partners to process Eagle Ford Shale gas at Williams Partner's Markham processing plant:

Eagle Ford Gathering LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) and Copano Energy, L.L.C. (NASDAQ: CPNO), today announced a long-term agreement with Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) to process Eagle Ford Shale production at Williams Partners' Markham processing plant located in Matagorda County, Texas. Eagle Ford Gathering will construct a 7-mile, 20-inch lateral to connect its previously announced crossover pipeline project to the Markham plant and install approximately 3,400 horsepower of compression at a cost of approximately $27 million. The agreement will initially provide Eagle Ford Gathering with 100 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity at the Markham plant, with an option to increase its capacity to up to 200 million cubic feet per day.