Midcontinent Express Gas Pipeline

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Midcontinent Express Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline running from Oklahoma to Alabama and crossing five states.[1]


The pipeline runs from Bennington, Oklahoma, to Butler, Alabama.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Kinder Morgan (50%), Energy Transfer Partners (50%)
  • Capacity: 1,533 million cubic feet per day[2]
  • Length: 507.3 miles / 816.4 km[2]
  • Diameter: 36-inches, 42-inches[2]
  • Cost: US$1.832 billion[2]
  • Status: Operating[2]
  • Start Year: 2009[2]


Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (MEP) is an interstate natural gas pipeline company. MEP’s system consists of a 500-mile natural gas pipeline that originates near Bennington, Oklahoma, and terminates at an interconnection with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line near Butler, Alabama. Kinder Morgan owns 50 percent of MEP and Energy Transfer Partners owns 50 percent. [3]

The pipeline was completed in August 2009. It has a capacity of 1.25 billion cubic feet of gas each day (bcf/d). Capacity of the pipeline can be expanded up to two bcf/d if needed. It consists of three sections – a 266-mile section with a 42in diameter, a 202-mile section with 36in diameter and a 39-mile section with 30in diameter. It also includes a 6.5km long 16in diameter lateral section in Louisiana. Four compressor stations have been built in Lamar County, Atlanta, Perryville and Vicksburg. One booster station with 111,420 hp of compression capacity in Delhi, Louisiana is part of the pipeline. Meter stations, mainline valve, pig launcher and receivers and other related facilities are also part of the pipeline system. The pipeline consists of two gas transport capacity zones. Zone one has a capacity to carry up to 1.25bcf/d and zone two can carry up to 0.84bcf/d.The pipeline interconnects with 13 natural gas pipelines owned by various companies, including Enogex, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, Energy Transfer Partners, Texas Gas Transmission, ANR Pipeline Company, CEGT, Columbia Gulf Transmission Company, Texas Eastern Transmission, Southern Natural Gas Company, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, Destin Pipeline Company and Transco.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. Midcontinent Express Gas Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, accessed July 21, 2020
  3. "Midcontinent Express Pipeline (MEP)" Kinder Morgan accessed January 2018
  4. "Midcontinent Express Pipeline (MEP), Oklahoma" Hydrocarbons Technology accessed January 2018

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