A new pipeline project passing through the rural areas across Texas including Jim Wells and Nueces counties will bring with it approximately 2,500 construction and 15 permanent jobs.
Gulf Coast Express Pipeline LLC, a joint venture between subsidiaries and or affiliates of Kinder Morgan, DCP Midstream and Targa Resources Corporation, is building the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project (GCX Project) that will bring natural gas from West Texas to the Gulf Coast.
Kinder Morgan is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. They own an interest in or operate approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines that transport products like natural gas, gasoline and crude oil. There are approximately 180 terminals that store or handle refined petroleum products and materials.
According to Allen Fore, vice president, public affairs with Kinder Morgan, the company is conducting civil and environmental surveys, so that in or around October the company can begin construction on the GCX Project Mainline.
The proposed project is expected to pass 1.98 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, said Jake Larson, public affairs with Kinder Morgan.
The portion running through the Coastal Bend will consist of about 447.5 miles of 42-inch pipeline starting from Waha Hub near Coyanosa, Texas and ending in Agua Dulce.
The GCX Project, with an estimated cost of approximately $1.75 billion, is expected to increase natural gas production and once complete will generate approximately $35 million of increased annual property taxes to applicable state and local taxing bodies, according to the company.
"There continues to be a great need for additional midstream infrastructure to move energy products across North America. However, natural gas is not easily transported, that’s where the pipeline plays a major role," Fore stated.
By getting the natural gas to follow through the pipeline, the natural resource can reach everyone without disrupting daily activities.
Kinder Morgan already operates a total of 126 miles of pipeline in JWC and another 176 miles of pipeline in Nueces County. The new project will run through rural lands that don’t have homes.
According to Fore, the company will be an easement, where the pipeline will run, from the land owner, but the rest of the land will still belong to the land owner.
The project has a completion date of October 2019. A project that is expected to boost local economy not to mention the “trickle-down effect” for businesses and local governments in the proposed projects.