Whistler gas pipeline in Texas starts up
The 725-km Whistler pipeline designed to carry Permian gas to the US Gulf Coast has begun commercial deliveries, its operator reported on August 2.
Whistler Pipeline said the 42-inch diameter pipeline in Texas started deliveries last month and was providing around 2bn ft3/d of takeaway capacity from the Permian basin. Deliveries to the Gulf Coast could support export markets, including LNG.
The US Energy Information Administration early this year estimated that around 4.4bn ft³/day of pipeline capacity entered into service between November and January. That could help accommodate the expected increase in total gas production this year.
Last year was the fourth year in a row that the US was a net natural gas exporter. Total annual natural gas exports set a record in 2020 at 5.28 trillion ft3.
The Aqua Blanca expansion project, steered by Whitewater and MPLX, went into service in January, connecting various gas processing sites in the Delaware basin straddling the border of Texas and New Mexico. It has a design capacity of 1.8bn ft³/day and is scheduled to be connected to the Whistler pipeline during the third quarter.