These 3 Pipelines Are a Great Way to Build Incomehttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/05/3-great-domestic-pipelines-1-on-sale.aspx Casey Hoerth
October 5, 2013
Investing in pipeline MLPs is a great way to build income and be part of the domestic energy revolution in a relatively safe way. Pipelines provide good sources of income from fixed assets with long-term cash flow visibility. They're kind of like utilities, except pipelines will grow income and distributions alongside growth in energy production in the US.
This article will focus on what I think are the three most compelling pipeline stories in North America. One is primarily a natural gas play, the other an oil transporter, and the third does all of the above and then some.
Biggest player in the biggest shale
MarkWest also has the advantage of being right next door to the nascent, liquids-rich Utica shale. Between steady, production growth in the Marcellus and the rigs breaking new ground in the Utica, MarkWest has its hands full in building out new gas processing capacity. Consider this: The partnership is set to more than double its gas processing capacity from 1.6 billion to 3.3 billion cubic feet per day by the end of 2014.
Displacing oil imports
Plains is also a growth story, albeit not at the same pace as MarkWest: The partnership intends to grow distributions by 9%-10% this year. Given the ascension of crude production in the US, I believe this trend will sustain for the long run. In the meantime, Plains is building a pipeline from the Permian to Corpus Christi, an Eagle Ford-Corpus pipeline, a Bakken pipeline expansion, new storage projects in Oklahoma and terminals in both Louisiana and Virginia.
All of the above
While it would be tedious to list all of Kinder Morgan's assets, its strongest positions are the following: oil pipelines in the Eagle Ford, transportation to and storage of liquids on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast, CO2 transport and production through the Permian, a vast natural gas pipeline system in the west, the only Pacific export pipeline in Canada, and a natural gas pipeline into Mexico. Kinder Morgan i