Gulf Coast Southbound Pipeline

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Gulf Coast Southbound Expansion is a natural gas pipeline in the United States. It is part of the NGPL pipeline system. Phase one is in service and phases 2 and 3 are proposed.[1]

Location, Phases 1-3

The pipeline will run from Chicago, Illinois to Agua Dulce Hub, Texas and Henry, LA.

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Phase 1 Project Details

  • Owner: Kinder Morgan[2]
  • Proposed capacity: 460 Million cubic feet per day
  • Length:
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2017-2018

Phase 2 Project Details

  • Operator: Nat Gas P L Co of America[3]
  • Owner: Kinder Morgan[2]
  • Capacity: 300 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)[3]
  • Length: 0 new kilometers[3]
  • Cost: US$145 million[3]
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Start Year: 2021[3]

Phase 3 Project Details

  • Operator: Nat Gas P L Co of America[3]
  • Owner: Kinder Morgan[2]
  • Capacity: 260 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)[3]
  • Length: 0 new kilometers[3]
  • Cost: US$145 million[3]
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Start Year: 2021[3]

Phase 1 Background

The Gulf Coast Southbound Expansion Project is a response to growing industrial demand and export opportunities in the Gulf Coast area. The first phase of the project is currently in service, and designed to transport 460,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) from interstate pipeline interconnects in Illinois, Arkansas and Texas. The second phase is in the contractual stage, and will provide an additional 300,000 Dth/d of firm southbound capacity. This phase is anticipated to be placed into service in mid-2021. NGPL is currently seeking non-binding solicitations of interest for a third phase of the project. Phase 3 will provide for 260,000 Dth/d of incremental firm southbound transportation service from existing or new interconnects on NGPL’s system in Illinois and Iowa to growing markets along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.[2]

In April 2017, the first part of this project was placed online, adding 75 MMCf/d of southbound transportation capacity along the NGPL system. The remaining portion was completed in the fourth quarter of 2018, adding an additional 385 MMcf/d of southbound transportation capacity. These volumes are protected by long-term firm transportation agreements. In Kinder Morgan's 2017 10-K, the company mentions its share of the capital expenditures is roughly $106 million, indicating the entire project is probably going to cost the venture a gross $212 million (plus any uncapitalized costs incurred).[4]

Phase 2 & 3 Background

Phase one of the pipeline is currently operational, while phase 2 and 3 remain proposed. The second phase is in the contractual stage, and will provide an additional 300,000 Dth/d of firm southbound capacity. This phase is anticipated to be placed into service in mid-2021. NGPL is currently seeking non-binding solicitations of interest for a third phase of the project. Phase 3 will provide for 260,000 Dth/d of incremental firm southbound transportation service from existing or new interconnects on NGPL’s system in Illinois and Iowa to growing markets along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.[2]

Phase 2 and 3 will add new compressor stations to increase southbound capacity from Alliance receipt point in IL to Corpus Christi LNG in TX. Neither phase 2 nor 3 include adding any additional miles of pipeline, both are only capacity expansions. Phase 2 has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FER) and Phase 3 is pending approval.[3]

Expansion Projects

Lockridge Extension Pipeline Project

The expansion project will bring additional Permian natural gas to the Waha hub in Waha, Texas.[3]

Lockridge Extension Pipeline Project Details

  • Operator: Nat Gas P L Co of America[3]
  • Owner: Kinder Morgan[2]
  • Capacity: 500 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)[3]
  • Length: 16.8 miles / 27.0 km[3]
  • Diameter: 30-inches[3]
  • Cost:
  • Status: Construction[3]
  • Start Year: 2020[3]

134th Street Lateral Project

The expansion project involves the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (Natural) constructing, owning, operating, modifying, and maintaining an approximately 1.4 mile, 12-inch diameter pipeline lateral and appurtenant facilities, including a pig launcher and assembly and associated piping and fittings, in Cook County, Illinois and Lake County, Indiana. The proposed project also includes a new delivery interconnection between Natural and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a local distribution company with facilities in Northwestern Indiana.[5]

134th Street Lateral Project Details

  • Operator: Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America[3]
  • Owner: Kinder Morgan[2]
  • Capacity: 70 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)[3]
  • Length: 1.4 miles / 2.3 km[3]
  • Diameter: 20-inches[3]
  • Cost: US$16 million[3]
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Start Year: 2020[3]

Articles and resources

References

  1. NGPL- Gulf Coast Southbound Expansion Phase II, RBN Energy, accessed October 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 NGPL- Gulf Coast Southbound Expansion Project, Kinder Morgan, accessed October 2018
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, accessed July 21, 2020
  4. Callum Turcan, Kinder Morgan's 9,100-Mile Long NGPL Gas Pipeline, Seeking Alpha, July 13, 2018
  5. Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, December 3, 2019

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