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Targa, NextEra, WhiteWater and MPLX to jointly develop Permian gas pipeline

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Targa Resources Corp.; NextEra Energy Pipeline Holdings, LLC , an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC; WhiteWater Midstream, LLC, a portfolio company of Denham Capital Management and Ridgemont Energy Partners ; and MPLX LP have announced the execution of a letter of intent (and associated term sheets) for the joint development of the proposed Whistler Pipeline Project, which will provide an outlet for increased natural gas production from the Permian Basin to growing markets along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Whistler Project is designed to transport approximately 2.0 billion ft3/d of natural gas through approximately 450 miles of 42 in. pipeline from Waha, Texas to NextEra’s Agua Dulce market hub, with an additional approximately 170 miles of 30 in. pipe continuing from Agua Dulce and terminating in Wharton County. Supply for the Whistler Project will be sourced from multiple upstream connections in both the Midland and Delaware Basins, including direct connections to Targa plants through an approximately 27 mile 30 in. pipeline lateral, as well as a direct connection to the 1.4 billion ft3/d Agua Blanca Pipeline, a joint venture between WhiteWater, WPX Energy, MPLX and Targa, which crosses through the heart of the Delaware Basin, including portions of Culberson, Loving, Pecos, Reeves, Winkler, and Ward counties. The Whistler Project would have access to the Nueces Header and premium markets at Agua Dulce, as well as along a northern extension through Corpus Christi to the Houston Ship Channel to serve markets along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Targa, NextEra, MPLX and WhiteWater (and their respective producer customers) would collectively commit volumes in excess of 1.5 billion ft3/d to the Whistler Project. The project would begin operation in 4Q20, subject to execution of definitive agreements and the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals. The named parties have committed to be exclusive to the Project for a period of time sufficient to complete definitive agreements. The Whistler Project will be constructed by NextEra Energy Pipeline Holdings and operated by Targa. The project is expected to be financed at the project level.

In addition to the commitments of the project sponsors and their producer customers, the Whistler Project is in negotiations for additional firm transportation commitments and is expected to launch an open season in the coming months with respect to any remaining firm intrastate transportation capacity.

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