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    US Adds 5bn ft3/day of New Pipe So Far: EIA


Most capacity serves Texas producing areas

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US Adds 5bn ft3/day of New Pipe So Far: EIA

The US has added about 5bn ft3/day of new natural gas pipeline capacity so far this year (through early July), the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said July 30, mostly enhancing connectivity in producing regions but some also increasing deliverability to growing demand markets.

Included among the latter, the agency said in its Natural Gas Weekly Update, were Tallgrass Energy’s Cheyenne Connector and Cheyenne Hub Enhancement projects, which together added 1.6bn ft3/day of capacity in the Denver-Julesburg basin of southern Colorado and northern Wyoming, and Cheniere Energy’s 1.1bn ft3/day Midship Pipeline, connecting natural gas produced in Oklahoma’s Scoop/Stack basin to the Bennington hub on the Oklahoma-Texas border and from there to markets on the Gulf Coast, including Cheniere’s own LNG facilities.

Three other projects, totaling more than 1bn ft3/day that connect to the Waha hub, are located in west Texas near Permian basin production areas: a 320mn ft3/day expansion of the El Paso Natural Gas transmission system (EPNG) out of the Delaware basin; the new Sandero Carlsbad Gateway project, a 400mn ft3/day conduit that connects gas processing plants in southeastern New Mexico to the Waha hub; and EPNG’s South Mainline expansion, which provides 320mn ft3/day of westbound capacity out of the Waha hub.