Impressive 42 inch elbows - Whistler Pipeline, USA
Measuring 450 miles in length and 42 inches in diameter, the enormous Whistler Pipeline will transport almost 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas, every day, from Waha in western Texas to the Gulf Coast in the south of the state.
The new Whistler Pipeline is built to meet the growing demand for natural gas and provide direct access to markets and consumers in southern Texas. Work on the intrastate pipeline began in 2020 and is due to be completed in summer 2021. The 450 miles long and 42-inch intrastate pipeline will transport almost 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas, every day, from Waha in the Permian Basin (near Coyanosa) to the Agua Dulce hub on the Gulf Coast. The project also includes a 50 miles, 36-inch lateral to provide connectivity for gas processors in the Midland Basin.
Whistler Pipeline LLC is a joint venture between White Water Midstream, MPLX LP, West Texas Gas and Stonepeak. The project management, engineering, procurement and construction planning are being provided by Mott MacDonald.
At the end of 2019, Erne Fittings was commissioned to supply several 42" x 0.617" WPHY R=3D elbows, in various segments ranging from 20° bis 90°, in line with the customers’ requirements. The advantage of this approach is that the pipes do not need to be segmented on site, which can prove very time-consuming. In addition, the outside of the elbows was epoxy coated, to ensure protection against rust and mechanical damage. In June 2020, Erne Fittings successfully delivered the 42 inch elbows in time for the various construction stages for the Whistler Pipeline.
Erne News V05 / 2020