A Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) subsidiary has launched an open season to gauge shipper interest in expanding a pipeline system that transports natural gas from the Permian Basin to South Texas markets.

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Gulf Coast Express Pipeline LLC (GCX) said the expansion could boost capacity on the Permian conduit by nearly 570 MMcf/d, pending a final investment decision. The project would involve primarily compression additions to increase deliveries to South Texas markets.

The 2.0 Bcf/d GCX moves gas supply from near the Waha Hub in West Texas to the Agua Dulce Hub in South Texas and beyond.

Management for operator KMI last month discussed the potential expansions of GCX and the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP), indicating a need for takeaway capacity would likely materialize next year.