• 4 minutes Phase One trade deal, for China it is all about technology war
  • 7 minutes IRAN / USA
  • 11 minutes Shale Oil Fiasco
  • 16 minutes Swedes Think Climate Policy Worst Waste of Taxpayers' Money in 2019
  • 9 hours Indonesia Stands Up to China. Will Japan Help?
  • 1 day China's Economy and Subsequent Energy Demand To Decelerate Sharply Through 2024
  • 21 hours Beijing Must Face Reality That Taiwan is Independent
  • 22 hours Gravity is a scam!
  • 1 hour We're freezing! Isn't it great? The carbon tax must be working!
  • 15 mins Three oil pipeline projects inch toward goal-line for Canada
  • 18 hours US Shale: Technology
  • 5 hours The Libyan Oil in a Sea of Chaos, War and Disruptions
  • 9 hours OIL & GAS LOSSES! Schlumberger Posts $10B Loss in 2019
  • 22 hours Trump has changed into a World Leader
  • 12 hours Prototype Haliade X 12MW turbine starts operating in Rotterdam
  • 19 hours Iranian government can do everything to avoid attacking American people.
How Will The Libyan Oil War End?

How Will The Libyan Oil War End?

The war for Libya’s oil…

Is Iran Preparing To Send Oil Back To $100?

Is Iran Preparing To Send Oil Back To $100?

Brent oil prices have failed…

Kinder Morgan to sell 50% of gas pipeline to Southern Natural Gas

Gas Storage

In an effort to reduce its debt, Kinder Morgan is planning to sell a 50 percent of its stake in the Southern Natural Gas pipeline. The company announced the sale to Southern Utility Company on Sunday. The price for the sale was $1.47 billion. The sale will bring Kinder Morgan’s debt-to-income ratio below its target level.

Kinder Morgan also sold 50 percent of its Utopia pipeline in Canada last month. Last December, the company cut dividend payments to shareholders to keep enough cash on hand to manage its debts.

This spring, the company announced it would cut back on a number of projects following a drastic slump in the price of its stock. Kinder Morgan saw a drop from $41 to $13 in the period of April 2015 to January 2016. The stock stabilized after reports that two of large projects, the Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Canada and an LNG export project in Georgia, had received regulatory approval.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Dave Conover stated: “A significant advantage of this transaction is that we will be able to take the proceeds and immediately pay down debt. That’s something that senior management has been committed to, and it’s a very big deal for our shareholders. has been committed to, and it’s a very big deal for our shareholders.”

Steve Kean, chief executive for Kinder Morgan said: “The transaction significantly advances our effort to strengthen our balance sheet and move us closer to returning value to shareholders in the form of an increased dividend or stock repurchases.”

Related: Why Did China Grossly Overpay For A Utility In Brazil?

Thomas Fanning, the CEO of Southern, said that the move would will put the company in a position for “future growth opportunities and enhanced access to natural gas, which are expected to benefit customers and investors alike."

The 7,600-mile pipeline connects gas fields in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Gulf to customers in the region.

Lincoln Brown for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage


Leave a comment
  • Philip Branton on July 11 2016 said:
    Hmm... a nice MAP would be a plus to this article.....

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News