Whistler Pipeline to expand by 25%
By Keefe Borden03 May 2022
The Whistler Pipeline expansion project will increase the line’s capacity from 2 Bcf/d to 2.5 Bcf/d through the planned installation of three new compressor stations. The expansion is expected to be in service in September 2023.
The Whistler Pipeline is a 42-inch diameter intrastate pipeline that extends about 450 miles Waha Header in the Permian Basin to Agua Dulce, Texas, providing Permian operators too direct access to South Texas and export markets. An approximately 85-mile, 36-inch diameter lateral connects to the Midland Basin.
The operator will add three compression stations, which will take Whistler to its maximum potential without building a new pipeline, MPLX said.
Whistler is owned through a consortium that includes MPLX, Whitewater Midstream, West Texas Gas and Stonepeak Partners. The additional capacity comes after all partners have made a final investment decision after securing sufficient firm transportation agreements with shippers.
“The decision to move forward with this expansion project after securing sufficient commitments from shippers demonstrates our disciplined approach to investing,” said Timothy J. Aydt, MPLX executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Whistler has demonstrated its ability to provide reliable and cost-efficient residue gas transportation out of the Permian Basin, which is vital to our growing gas processing position, producers in the region, and gas customers.”
MPLX is a diversified, large-cap master limited partnership that owns and operates midstream energy infrastructure and logistics assets and provides fuels distribution services. The company’s assets include a network of crude oil and refined product pipelines, an inland marine business, light-product terminals, storage caverns and crude terminals.
Whitewater is an infrastructure company based in Austin, Texas. Stonepeak is an alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real estate.