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Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Online in Corpus Christi

The blue-and-white-checked line from Waha to Agua Dulce represents the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project, which went online September 25 and moves about 2 billion cubic-feet of natural gas for export from Corpus Christi. Courtesy image

The Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project went into full service September 25 — ahead of schedule. The 42-inch diameter pipe is delivering natural gas from the Waha area in West Texas to Agua Dulce near Corpus Christi earlier than expected, announced Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc. The 448-mile pipeline is fully subscribed under long-term contracts and will deliver about 2 billion cubic-feet of natural gas per day to the Coastal Bend.

“We are pleased to place GCX (Gulf Coast Express) in service safely and ahead of schedule for our customers, said Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Midstream President Sital Mody. “With natural gas supplies projected to rise over the next 20 years from supply basins such as the Permian, our strong network of pipelines provides the ability to connect this supply to the growing markets along the Gulf Coast. We look forward to delivering on additional infrastructure projects in the months to come.”

From Aqua Dulce, the natural gas will be exported either to other pipelines destined for Mexico or liquified natural gas export terminals in Corpus Christi.

In building the pipeline, which began in May 2018, Kinder Morgan deployed more than 3,000 contractors, who worked more than 6 million contractor hours — all without a major safety incident, Mody added. The pipeline cost about $1.75 billion.

Kinder Morgan owns a 34 percent interest in the pipeline. The rest is owned by equity holders Altus Midstream, DCP Midstream, and an affiliate of Targa Resources. Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. The company owns interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 157 terminals.

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