WhiteWater Midstream, LLC announced that subsidiaries of Whistler Pipeline, LLC and Cheniere Energy, Inc. have executed agreements to move forward with the construction of the ADCC Pipeline, which is a new joint venture 42-inch pipeline that is expected to extend approximately 43 miles, 42-inch from the terminus of the Whistler Pipeline to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi Liquefaction Facility.
The ADCC Pipeline has been designed to transport up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas, expandable to 2.5 Bcf/d of natural gas, and is expected to be in service in 2024, pending the receipt of customary regulatory and other approvals.
The Whistler Pipeline is owned by a consortium including MPLX LP, WhiteWater, and a joint venture between Stonepeak and West Texas Gas, Inc.
The ADCC project comes as midstream operators across Texas undertake a slew of new pipeline infrastructure projects to support booming demand for LNG exports from the Gulf Coast.
Whistler Pipeline, which is backed by MPLX, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and West Texas Gas in addition to WhiteWater, in May signed final investment decision on a 500 MMcf/d expansion that will bring its total capacity to 2.5 Bcf/d by late 2023. Whistler was first placed into service in 2021 and originates near the Waha pricing hub in the Permian Basin.
In addition to the Whistler expansion, midstream infrastructure projects are expected to add around 4.1 Bcf/d in takeaway capacity from the Permian Basin by 2024, with much of that gas bound for demand centers in the Gulf Coast and beyond. WhiteWater's greenfield Matterhorn Express Pipeline is slated to add around 2.5 Bcf/d in takeaway capacity when it enters service in the third quarter of 2024, while Kinder Morgan expects to wrap expansions on its Gulf Coast Express Pipeline and Permian Highway Pipeline assets by the end of next year.