WhiteWater, MPLX Substantially Complete Agua Blanca Expansion

WhiteWater Midstream and MPLX announced that have substantially completed the 1.8 Bcf/d expansion of their Agua Blanca pipeline system and will start testing and commissioning of the expansion this month.

The Agua Blanca natural gas pipeline system. (source: WhiteWater/MPLX)

The system is scheduled to begin full service in early 2021, they said, providing an additional outlet for Permian Basin gas production with access to the Mexican power market.

The Agua Blanca expansion includes a 42-inch diameter trunk line that more than doubles system capacity to over 3 Bcf/d while providing significant incremental takeaway capacity for plants servicing Texas and New Mexico gas producers.

Prior to the expansion, Agua Blanca comprised 90 miles (145 km) of 36-inch diameter pipeline and 73 miles (112.7 km) of smaller diameter pipelines with a system capacity of 1.2 Bcf/d.

The Agua Blanca system is connected to almost 20 gas processing sites in the Delaware Basin and is currently transporting gas produced in Culberson, Loving, Reeves, Pecos, Winkler and Ward counties in Texas, and Eddy and Lea counties in New Mexico, to the Waha Hub.

“We are excited to bring this expansion into service ahead of schedule while continuing to provide reliable and transparent transportation services to producers and processors in Texas and New Mexico,” said WhiteWater Chief Executive Officer Christer Rundlof. “WWM remains committed to developing premier Permian basin residue assets as markets normalize and growth resumes.”

WhiteWater Midstream’s investment in the Agua Blanca joint venture is led by First Infrastructure Capital.

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