Williams Partners’ Transco reported a key regulatory milestone on two related projects designed to increase natural gas delivery capacity to Brooklyn and Queens in time for next winter’s heating season.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Feb. 28 published its final environmental review of Williams Parters’ Transco Rockaway Lateral and Northeast Connector expansions. The commission’s final decision is expected shortly. Transco hopes to begin construction in May and bring the projects into service in November.
The Rockaway Lateral and Northeast Connector are among $5 billion in energy-infrastructure investments that Williams Partners expects to make in the Transco system into 2017. Those expansions are designed to add more than 50% to Transco’s capacity to deliver natural gas.
On its Rockaway Lateral and Northeast Connector projects, Williams Partners plans to spend about $280 million for 3.2 miles of new Transco pipeline and related facilities in New York as well as equipment to increase compression at three existing Transco facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With daily delivery capacity of 647,000 Dth, the Rockaway Lateral will provide an additional supply-delivery connection into the National Grid distribution system which delivers natural gas to 1.25 million customers in Brooklyn and Queens.