Cheniere Energy, WhiteWater Midstream Ink Agreement for New Permian Basin Pipeline

The new 42-in. ADCC pipeline will tie the Whistler Pipeline to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi liquefaction facility.

The new 43-mile-long, 42-in. ADCC pipeline will tie the Whistler Pipeline to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi liquefaction facility.

US LNG natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy and Austin-based WhiteWater Midstream said 19 September that they will proceed with construction of the ADCC Pipeline.

The 43-mile-long, 42-in. pipeline will extend from the terminus of the Whistler Pipeline to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi, Texas, liquefaction facility.

The ADCC Pipeline is designed to transport up to 1.7 Bcf/D of natural gas, expandable to 2.5 Bcf/D of natural gas. Pending the receipt of customary regulatory and other approvals, the pipeline is expected to be in service in 2024.

The Whistler Pipeline is a 450-mile, 42-in. intrastate pipeline that transports natural gas from the Waha Header near Coyanosa, Texas, in the Permian Basin to a terminus near Agua Dulce, Texas, providing direct access to South Texas and export markets. An 85-mile, 36-in. lateral provides connectivity to the Midland Basin.

WhiteWater and MPLX, a joint venture between Stonepeak and West Texas Gas, announced on 2 May its Whistler Pipeline Capacity Expansion. The project will expand compression by installing three new compressor stations on the pipeline, increasing capacity by 0.5 Bcf/D to 2.5 Bcf/D. The project is expected to enter service in September 2023.

The ADCC Pipeline will provide Cheniere additional natural gas supplies to help fulfill its orders. The company announced that it had reached a positive final investment decision on the Corpus Christi Stage 3 liquefaction project.

The company said in its capital allocation framework announcement on 12 September that it is considering the large-scale development of brownfield growth opportunities at Sabine Pass, Louisiana, and Corpus Christi that it believes, over the long term, will increase its LNG export capacity from its current level of 45 to 90 mtpa.