America's oil and gas fields are crying out for more pipelines. The Permian Basin--and, to a lesser extent, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays--have developed so rapidly that producers could be forced to trim output, since they lack the takeaway capacity to ship their product. Kinder Morgan, Enbridge, Enable, Williams and other midstream companies are jockeying for the resulting business opportunities.

Kinder Morgan's Gulf Coast Express Pipeline is among those set to transport product from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. The multi-phase project is expected to carry up to 1.98 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from Midland to Agua Dulce, which is near Brownsville. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.

Kinder Morgan also made a final investment decision earlier this year to construct the Permian Highway Natural Gas Pipeline project in Texas with partner EagleClaw Midstream Ventures. The 430-mile line would carry up to 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from near Fort Stockton to Katy, Texas, then to the Gulf Coast. Some of the product will then be shipped to markets in Mexico. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.

Williams Companies is working with Kinder Morgan on a section of the Bluebonnet Express Pipeline, which also will run from the Permian to Katy. Capacity is expected to be up to 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.

Enbridge Incorporated is at work on the Valley Crossing Pipeline, which will export up to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from Agua Dulce to Mexico. The project still is under review, but would include other shippers at delivery points in South Texas. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.

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