Williams seeks FERC approval for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion

Williams (NYSE: WMB) says that Transco has filed an application with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), seeking authorization for its Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, which would transport about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern US.

Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners LP (NYSE: WPZ), of which Williams owns approximately 60%, including the general-partner interest.

Williams expects to place Atlantic Sunrise into service in the second half of 2017 as part of $4.8 billion in transmission projects planned to come online through 2017.

The project consists of compression and looping of the Transco Leidy line in Pennsylvania and various locations along its mainline between Pennsylvania and South Carolina in addition to a greenfield pipeline segment, referred to as the Central Penn Line, connecting the northeastern Marcellus producing region to the Transco mainline near Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The greenfield segment will be jointly owned by Transco and a third party.

Williams Partners’ net investment in the Atlantic Sunrise project is expected to be approximately $2.1 billion.

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