Williams Partners To Provide Additional Natural Gas Service To Northeast

January 2013, Vol. 240 No. 1

Williams Partners has received FERC approval to expand its Transco pipeline to provide an additional 250,000 Dth/d of incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to serve growing markets in the Northeast by November 2013.

The Northeast Supply Link project is designed to expand the Transco Leidy Line and Transco mainline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to transport domestic supplies of natural gas to growing Northeast markets.

“The Northeast Supply Link Project leverages existing Transco pipeline infrastructure to provide robust northeastern markets with access to abundant domestic natural gas supplies,” said Frank Ferazzi, vice president and general manager of Williams Partners’ gas pipeline business, East region.

The expansion project will primarily consist of 12 miles of pipe at various locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in addition to a 25,000-hp compressor facility in Essex County, NJ along with other facility modifications. The capital cost of the project is estimated at $341 million.

Compressor station construction is scheduled to begin shortly with pipeline construction following in the 0spring. The project is scheduled to be placed into service by November.

Williams Partners earlier announced the proposed Leidy Southeast expansion project to provide firm transportation from various supply points along Transco’s Leidy Line to delivery points in the Southeast, ultimately terminating at its Zone 4 Market Pool in Alabama. The targeted in-service date is December 2015.

The Leidy Southeast expansion represents a portion of Williams’ Atlantic Access project which proposed firm transportation options from various Marcellus Shale supply regions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. A non-binding open season for the Atlantic Access project resulted in strong interest in expanding the Leidy Line while other portions of the project are being discussed with potential shippers for a later in-service date.