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Construction Begins on Natural Gas Pipeline in Texas

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Pipeline running along the land.

Construction has begun on the western phase of the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas, which will carry up to 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the Waha Hub in Pecos County to the Gulf Coast. This first step is one of the five construction phases for the project. 

The Midland Reporter-Telegram (MRT) reports that the $2 billion, 430-mile pipeline has reached a “significant milestone” of building more than half of the initial 100-mile route from Pecos County east. According to the article, 99 percent of the land acquisition has been completed, meaning the pipeline is in the final stages of the permitting process.

Construction will take place simultaneously along multiple phases of the pipeline, which will allow the partners working on it (Kinder Morgan, EagleClaw Midstream and Altus Midstream Processing) the ability to put the pipeline into service in Q1 of 2021. The pipeline will generate 2,500 local construction and 18 full-time jobs, according to the article. 

The project has drawn opposition for its route through Hill Country, though officials told MRT they are trying to explain the value of this project on all levels to ease backlash.

Source: The Midland Reporter-Telegram