Carlsbad Gateway Pipeline

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Carlsbad Gateway Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline in the Permian Basin, USA.[1]


The pipeline transports residue gas from a processing plant in Carlsbad, NM to the Waha hub via the Agua Blanca Pipeline.[2][3]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Sendero Carlsbad Gateway LLC[1]
  • Parent Company: Sendero Midstream Holdings[1]
  • Proposed capacity: 400 million cubic feet per day[1]
  • Length: 23 miles / 37 km[1]
  • Diameter: 24-inches[1]
  • Status: Operating[2]
  • Start Year: 2020[2]
  • Estimated Cost: US$45 million[2]


In October 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate to the 400 MMcf/d natural gas pipeline to transport Permian Basin supply across the New Mexico/Texas border. Sendero, a subsidiary of Sendero Midstream Holdings, filed with FERC last year seeking approval to construct and operate the 23-mile, 24-inch diameter pipeline.[1] The pipeline will transport residue gas from a processing plant in Carlsbad, NM to the Waha hub via the Agua Blanca Pipeline.[2]

FERC issued an Environmental Assessment for the project in January 2020, finding that with proper mitigation it “would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.” One of the three sitting FERC commissioners dissented to the environmental approval. In his dissent, Democratic Commissioner Richard Glick argued that FERC failed to adequately consider climate change impacts, specifically greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from fossil fuels. He further stated that neither the Natural Gas Act nor the National Environmental Policy Act “permit the Commission to assume away the climate change implications of constructing and operating this project. Yet that is precisely what the Commission is doing here.” Glick also stated that by sidestepping an analysis of the potential GHG emissions from the project and their contribution to climate change, FERC had fallen short of the “reasoned decision-making” required in a public interest determination.[1]

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the pipeline entered service in May 2020.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Jeremiah Shelor, FERC OKs Sendero’s Permian Carlsbad Gateway Pipeline; Glick Dissents, Natural Gas Intel, October 14, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020
  3. Gateway Project Environmental Assessment, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, January 2019
  4. In the first half of 2020, about 5 Bcf/d of natural gas pipeline capacity entered service, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Aug. 24, 2020

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