WhiteWater Midstream and MPLX LP have substantially completed a major natural gas pipeline expansion in the Permian Basin, with commissioning expected to begin this month.

Agua Blanca

The 1.8 Bcf/d Agua Blanca expansion is on track to be brought fully online in early 2021, according to the joint venture (JV) partners. The system is connected to almost 20 gas processing sites in the Delaware sub-basin of the Permian and is currently transporting gas to the Waha hub for production from Culberson, Loving, Reeves, Pecos, Winkler and Ward counties in Texas, as well as in Eddy and Lea counties in New Mexico.

Agua Blanca also would connect to the 90% subscribed Whistler natural gas pipeline being developed by WhiteWater, MPLX and a JV between Infrastructure Partners and West Texas Gas Inc. The 42-inch diameter, 2 Bcf/d pipeline is expected to be in service in the second half of 2021.

The Agua Blanca expansion includes a 42-inch diameter trunkline that more than doubles system capacity to over 3 Bcf/d. 

WhiteWater CEO Christer Rundlof said the in-service of the Agua Blanca expansion is ahead of schedule and would provide “reliable and transparent transportation services to producers and processors in Texas and New Mexico.” The company, he said, is committed to “developing premier Permian basin residue assets as markets normalize and growth resumes.”

WhiteWater, based in Austin, TX, is backed by private equity commitments from Denham Capital Management, Ridgemont Equity Partners, First Infrastructure Capital and Ontario Power Generation Inc. Pension Plan.