US, others, concerned that the pipe will increase Europe’s reliance on Russian natural gas.
The pipeline system is a key transporter of Canadian crude from northern Alberta to refineries in the U.S. Midwest.
The addition of new pipelines this year has helped alleviate a bottleneck in the Permian, the biggest oil basin in the country, where prices slumped to the lowest levels in about four years in 2018.
Plains' Cactus II line, which opened in August, has increased its flows almost one-third over September, Genscape reported. It declined to disclose actual volumes. Plains did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The 303-mile pipeline is designed to deliver 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
The Southeastern Trail expansion project will consist of about 7.7 miles of 42-inch pipeline looping facilities in Virginia.
U.S. natural gas futures for the winter of 2020-2021 gained the most of any contracts after Kinder Morgan delayed the projected in-service date for its $2 billion Permian Highway gas pipeline.