Williams gets FERC approval for eastern US expansions

Williams Partners LP has received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for both its New York Bay expansion and Virginia Southside II expansion projects. The New York Bay expansion is designed to serve increasing local distribution demand in New York City while the Virginia Southside II expansion targets new electric-power generation in Virginia.

Williams expects to begin construction on each project in the fourth quarter, with each entering service in fourth-quarter 2017. Both expansions are fully subscribed.

The New York Bay expansion will move 115 MMcfd into National Grid’s distribution system to the Rockaway Delivery lateral and the Narrows meter station. The Virginia Southside II expansion will send 250 MMcfd to a delivery point on a new lateral off Transco’s Brunswick lateral in Virginia for shipment to a 1,580-Mw combined-cycle power plant that Dominion Virginia Power is building in Greensville County, Va.

Williams held a binding open season in May for its Northeast Supply Enhancement project, a 400 MMcfd expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline expected to enter service for the 2019-20 heating season (OGJ Online, May 17, 2016).

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