In a remarkable technological achievement, Williams and DCP Midstream Partners announced this week that a 20 inch, 209 mile natural gas pipeline gathering system in ultra deep water of the Gulf of Mexico is now in operation. The pipeline was constructed in depths of up to 7200 feet of water, some 300 miles south-southwest of New Orleans and is capable of gathering more than 400 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.
“Building a pipeline in challenging terrain at this depth is incredibly complex, and I applaud our project team for their commitment to completing the project in a safe, environmentally responsible and timely manner,” said Rory Miller senior vice president of Williams’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “True to our vision of developing smart, large-scale solutions to move gas to market, we’ve built a highly reliable and cost-effective connection from deepwater production to our onshore Larose gas processing plant and Paradis fractionator.”
Known as the Keathley Canyon Connector, the new pipeline system is situated close to other high-potential deepwater Gulf of Mexico discoveries and prospects.