Williams Partners Seeks Approval To Provide Gas Service To New York City

February 2013, Vol. 240 No. 2

Williams Partners’ Transco pipeline has filed an application with FERC to provide another natural gas delivery point from its Transco pipeline to New York City.

The Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is designed to provide 647,000 Dth/d of natural gas delivery capacity to National Grid’s gas distribution system in Brooklyn and Queens, providing National Grid with supply flexibility and increased capacity to meet future incremental demand growth. The project is proposed to be placed into service in mid-2014.

The 3.2-mile 26-inch lateral would consist of 2.9 miles of offshore pipeline and 0.3 mile of onshore pipeline. The preferred route avoids residential, commercial and sensitive environmental areas. The sea-to-shore portion of the pipeline (one mile) would be constructed using subsurface directional drilling technology, allowing Williams to avoid all impacts to the beach and near-shore areas, as well as onshore portions of Jacob Riis Park.

If approved, work could begin in late 2013. The cost is estimated at $182 million.