Williams Partners LP is holding a binding open season for the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, an expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline, to provide 400 MMcfd of incremental firm natural gas to the US Northeast. Transco plans to place the project into service for the 2019-20 winter heating season.
Subject to approval by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Northeast Supply Enhancement project will add looping and compression to portions of Transco’s system between Compressor Station 195 in York County, Pa., and the Rockaway Transfer Point, an existing interconnection between the Lower New York Bay lateral and the Rockaway Delivery lateral offshore New York.
Williams does not anticipate that the project’s scope will change based on the outcome of the open season.
Precedent agreements with subsidiaries of National Grid for firm transportation service support the project. New York’s appetite for gas is increasing as consumers continue to phase out the use of heavy fuel oils. In April 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced sweeping goals to curb city emissions by 80% by 2050, including phasing out the use of No. 4 fuel oil by 2030.