Kinder Morgan announced that during its expansion open season (from mid‐October through mid‐February) it received strong binding commercial support from a diverse group of customers, which support will result in the company moving forward with the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline system. The expansion open season was based on a design capacity of 600,000 bpd, which would double the existing capacity at a cost of roughly $3.8 billion. The 1,150 km Trans Mountain pipeline system has been providing the only west coast market access for Canadian oil products, including 90% of gasoline supplied to the Lower Mainland, for 60 years. The final decision on the expansion proposal is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2012.