The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a proposal by Williams to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline by 308,500 Dth/d to serve markets in the southeastern United States.
New service from the 85 North project will be available in two phases. Phase 1 will increase capacity by 90,000 Dth/d by next summer while Phase II will increase capacity by 218,500 Dth/d by the summer of 2011.
“With volumes now ramping up at Transco’s two new pipeline interconnects at Station 85, this project will connect these supplies to growing markets in the southeastern United States,” said Phil Wright, president of Williams’ natural gas pipeline business.
The 85 North project will require construction of 22 miles of 42-inch pipeline in addition to a 20,500 horsepower compressor facility in Anderson County, SC as well as modifications to existing compressor sites. Williams estimates the project facilities will cost $248 million. Phase I construction will begin this fall with Phase II starting next summer.