September 2019, Vol. 246, No. 9


Kinder Morgan Closer to 3rd Permian Pipeline

Kinder Morgan is “moving along” with plans for a third major pipeline project from the Permian Basin – the newly named Permian Pass, which would deliver natural gas from West Texas to the Sabine area of the East Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, CEO Steven Kean said.

“We’ve got two projects to get the gas out – Gulf Coast Express and Permian Highway – and we are in discussions on a possible third pipeline, which we’re calling Permian Pass,” Kean said, noting that 70% of natural gas demand growth through 2030 is expected to be in Louisiana and Texas.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan is currently working with customers on the proposed 2 Bcf/d pipeline. “This is a work in progress. It’s not in the backlog at this point, certainly, but it is moving along,” Kean said.

By moving gas to East Texas to serve LNG demand around Sabine, Permian Pass would complement Kinder Morgan’s 2 Bcf/d Gulf Coast Express (GCX) pipeline and 2 Bcf/d Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP). 

GCX, which is expected to begin service slightly ahead of schedule in late September, will transport Permian gas to the Ague Dulce/Corpus Christi area. PHP, which overcame a legal challenge last month, is scheduled to come online in 2020; it will deliver Permian gas nearer the center of Kinder Morgan’s system to meet LNG and industrial demand in the Freeport area.

Permian Pass would be Kinder Morgan’s third and the industry’s fourth major Permian-to-Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline project to come online, following Whistler Pipeline’s planned start-up in 2021. P&GJ

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