Making a connection
to key resources
Capacity: ~1.1 Bcf/d
Distance: 200 miles
Diameter: 36″ pipeline
In service: 2020
Safety: More than 200 bcf of natural gas has safely moved through the pipeline within the first year of operation.
Public awareness: As a result of ongoing communication, damage prevention, and public awareness efforts, Midship has suffered zero third-party damage to the pipeline.
Midship Pipeline is owned by Midship Pipeline Company, LLC, a company in which Cheniere has an equity investment. This nearly 200-mile, 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline connects gas production from the STACK and SCOOP plays in Oklahoma’s Anadarko Basin to growing Gulf Coast and Southeast markets via deliveries to existing pipelines.
Midship developed the baseline pipeline route in November 2016 and then began to discuss the route with landowners, agencies, tribes, and other stakeholders. In addition, Midship performed civil, biological, and cultural resources surveys along the route. As additional input was gathered from stakeholders and the results of field surveys, Midship twelve route variations to avoid or minimize certain impacts, as a result of environmental and engineering investigations and stakeholder outreach efforts.
Midship commenced service in Q2 2020. It includes a new-build mainline pipeline and three compressor stations, seven receipt meter stations, two lateral pipelines with a booster station and associated facilities. The pipeline begins in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma and terminates and interconnects with existing natural gas pipelines near Bennington, Oklahoma.
- Chisholm Lateral: approximately 20 miles of 30-inch diameter new-build pipeline that begins at the Chisholm Processing Plant in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma and ends at the mainline of the Midship Pipeline near Okarche, Oklahoma.
- Velma Lateral: approximately 14 miles of 16-inch diameter new-build pipeline that begins at the Velma Processing Plant in Stephens County, Oklahoma and ends at the mainline of the Midship Pipeline in Garvin County, Oklahoma. A booster station is located along the Velma Lateral in Stephens County, Oklahoma.
Land and Stakeholder Engagement
Cheniere holds itself to high standards. We’re proud of our good reputation and our excellent safety record, both of which are based on our core values of teamwork, respect, accountability, integrity, nimbleness and safety.
When it comes to public and landowner engagement, we put these values into action by having respectful interactions with all our stakeholders and recognizing opportunities where we can do good or do better and take steps to make things right.
We engage with our local communities from early project development through all phases of permitting, construction and operations.
Local stakeholder engagement
We estimate that we have participated in thousands of unique engagements since the beginning of the project, including public safety workshops, public presentations, community open houses, landowner and stakeholder meetings, briefings with local, state, federal officials and more.
It is our goal to negotiate early and fairly with all landowners, and we seek to exhaust every effort prior to working through the government’s legal process to acquire what is typically a 50ft-wide right-of-way easement for a critical infrastructure project. This legal process also provides the landowner with just compensation for the property.
Midship is committed to restoring the right-of-way to at least its pre-construction condition wherever possible. For land that is used for farming, we provide compensation for lost crops during the period of construction and restoration for the 50ft-wide easement. Some restoration efforts are temporarily paused due to seasonal weather conditions that prohibit the contractor from safely or reasonably performing this work.
It is our goal to find resolution with all landowners, to be a good neighbor and operator.
Respecting indigenous peoples
We respect indigenous peoples and aim to preserve the culture of indigenous communities near our operations. Our operations in Texas and Louisiana are not located in or on protected Native American lands, nor have our operations ever caused resettlement of indigenous peoples. Since the permitting process for the Midship Pipeline began in 2016, we have engaged with 18 Native American tribes. Although the pipeline does not cross tribal-owned lands, we worked with tribal representatives on extensive cultural and historical surveys and conducted outreach with local regulators, including the Oklahoma Historical Society and Oklahoma Archeological Survey.
Building strong communities where we live, work and operate is important to all of us. Across eight Oklahoma Counties, Midship is committed to being a standout neighbor, business partner, and respected member of the communities in which we operate.
Understanding social impacts and needs
We have made improvements to our social risk assessment process to better understand our impacts and community needs in our areas of operation. Our process includes a review of guidance from international standards including the Equator Principles, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the IFC Performance Standards.
Our goal is to help first responders, agriculture education, and science, technology, engineering, and math careers who will support our diverse communities for many years to come. To accomplish this goal, since 2017 we have funded nearly $650,000 as part of our community contribution programs in Oklahoma, including $200,000 in volunteer fire responder grants, $160,000 to STEM initiatives, and more than $100,000 to agriculture education initiatives.
Representative investments across our areas of operation include:
- Blue, Oklahoma Tornado Siren
- Bryan County Radio Repeater Telecommunications
- Carter County Junior Livestock Show
- Choctaw Nation Holiday Coat Drive
- COVID-19 Donation to County Hospitals
- Garvin County Fire Departments
- Johnston County Chamber of Commerce
- Kingfisher Winter Nights
- Maple Elementary School
- Oklahoma FFA Association Area Speech Contests
- Tatums Community Center
- University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s STEM Program
Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting natural gas and petroleum products according to National Transportation Safety Board statistics. Cheniere monitors our pipeline facilities from our Gas Control Center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Learn and always follow your state’s one-call laws and best practices. To help maintain the integrity of pipelines and their rights-of-way, it is essential that pipeline and facility neighbors follow the guidelines listed below to help ensure the continued safe transmission of natural gas through the pipeline. Here’s what you can do:
- Become familiar with the pipelines and facilities in the area (marker signs, fence signs, etc.) and record the operator name and contact information.
- Be aware of any unusual or suspicious activities taking place within or near the pipeline right-of-way or pipeline facility and report to the pipeline operator and local law enforcement.
- Report pipeline emergencies immediately to our gas control center at (877) 375-5002 or call 911.
The following are considered methods that may decrease the likelihood of damage to the pipeline during excavation:
- Hand and soft digging
- Vacuum excavation methods
- Use of pneumatic hand tools
A Cheniere pipeline representative may be required at the job site to monitor activity and help determine an appropriate digging method. Alert Cheniere if work crews will be crossing the right-of-way with motorized equipment or vehicles.