The Whistler pipeline is designed to transport approximately 2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day
MPLX, WhiteWater Midstream and Stonepeak-West Texas Gas (WTG) joint venture has made a final investment decision to go ahead with the design and construction of the Whistler Pipeline.
WhiteWater Midstream is backed by First Infrastructure Capital, a US-based greenfield projects investment firm, while the joint venture is between Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and WTG.
MPLX president Michael J. Hennigan said: “The decision to move forward with this project after securing sufficient commitments from shippers demonstrates our disciplined approach to investing.
“Whistler is expected to provide reliable residue gas transportation out of the Permian Basin, which is vital to our growing gas processing position and producers in the region.”
Whistler pipeline to transport nearly 2Bcf of natural gas per day
A majority of available capacity on the Whistler pipeline was subscribed and committed by long-term transportation agreements, and the remaining capacity is also expected to be fully subscribed.
The Whistler pipeline is designed to transport approximately 2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day, through 42inch pipeline from Waha, Texas, to the Agua Dulce area in South Texas, covering a distance of approximately 765km.
MPLX said the supply for the Whistler Pipeline is sourced from multiple upstream connections in the Permian Basin, including direct connections to plants in the Midland Basin through an approximately 80.5km long 30inch lateral pipeline.
In addition, supply will for the Whistler Pipeline will involve a direct connection to the 1.4Bcf/d Agua Blanca Pipeline, a joint venture between WhiteWater, MPLX and Targa, which crosses the core of the Delaware Basin, including portions of Culberson, Loving, Pecos, Reeves, Winkler and Ward counties.
WhiteWater CEO Christer Rundlof said: “The WhiteWater team is excited to partner with MPLX and develop incremental transportation out of the Permian Basin, as production continues to dramatically outperform consensus estimates. Whistler will tie directly into the most attractive markets in South Texas, including the growing LNG and Mexican markets.”
The Whistler Pipeline is expected to start its services in the third quarter of 2021, subject to the receipt of customary regulatory and other approvals.