Kinder Morgan Buys El Paso For $21 Billion

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Houston's Kinder Morgan is purchasing cross-town rival El Paso Corporation in a deal worth approximately $38 billion. The combination will create the largest pipeline company in North America.

The deal vaults Kinder Morgan to fourth place in the overall ranks of North American energy companies.  Barbara Shook is Houston bureau chief for Energy Intelligence Group.

“The three companies that are larger are primarily exploration and production companies. This new entity is almost completely an infrastructure company. They move petroleum products. They move natural gas. They move carbon dioxide.”

The acquisition gives Kinder Morgan a footprint in all but four states.

“As the oil and gas business in the country grows with all of these new shale plays, they’ll be able to expand their system at a very low cost.”

Kinder Morgan will pay just over $21 billion in cash and stock for the acquisition. In addition to El Paso’s pipeline network and other assets, it will take on the outstanding debts of both El Paso Corporation and El Paso Pipeline Partners.

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