Kinder Morgan Inc.’s hotly contested Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) is fully operational, moving associated gas volumes through a 430-mile pipeline from Waha in West Texas to Katy, outside of Houston, with connections to the Gulf Coast and Mexico markets.


PHP was mechanically complete on Nov. 1, and the 2.1 Bcf/d conduit is expected to be fully in service in the early first quarter of 2021.

The pipeline is Kinder’s second out of the Permian. Gulf Coast Express went into service in September 2019. A third Permian pipeline was in the works before the Covid-19 pandemic and the historic oil market downturn dramatically altered the energy landscape.

On the company’s third quarter 2020 earnings call, CEO Steven Kean said that although associated gas production in the Permian...