US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter Cheniere Energy and units of Whistler Pipeline have agreed to form a joint venture to construct the ADCC natural gas pipeline.

According to Whistler, the 42-inch ADCC pipeline will run approximately 43 miles from Whistler Pipeline’s terminus to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi liquefaction facility in Texas.

Subject to customary regulatory and other approvals, the pipeline project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2024.

The project is expected to transport up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of (Bcf/d) natural gas and will be expandable to 2.5Bcf/d of natural gas.

Whistler Pipeline is owned by a consortium including WhiteWater, MPLX LP, and a JV between Stonepeak and West Texas Gas.

The development comes amid the surging demand for US liquefied natural gas from Europe that is scrambling to find alternative resources to replace Russian gas.

In May 2022, MPLX, WhiteWater Midstream and a JV between Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and West Texas Gas made the final investment decision on the Whistler Pipeline expansion project to increase the mainline capacity from 2Bcf/d to 2.5Bcf/d.

The project, which involves the installation of three new compressor stations, is planned to be commissioned in September 2023.

In June 2022, the Cheniere board of directors made a positive financial investment decision for the Corpus Christi Stage three Liquefaction Project (CCL Stage three).

It is expected to produce more than ten million tonnes per annum of LNG.