Williams earns FERC approval to expand Transco natural gas pipeline

Source: Williams Partners

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a proposal by Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline to provide an additional 225,000 dekatherms of incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to serve growing markets in the Southeast region.
The Mid-South Expansion project is designed to provide service on the Transco natural gas pipeline to the City of LaGrange, Ga., Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc., and Southern Company Services, Inc. 

"This project is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to provide economical transportation service from Mid-Continent natural gas supply sources at Transco's Station 85 pool to fast-growing markets in the southeastern United States," said Randy Barnard, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. 

The expansion will consist of approximately 23 miles of new pipeline, a new compressor facility in Dallas County, Ala., and upgrades to existing compressor facilities in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. It will be constructed in two phases: 95,000 dekatherms will be placed into service in the fall of 2012 and 130,000 dekatherms will be placed into service in the summer of 2013. The capital cost of the project is estimated to be $217 million. 

The Transco pipeline is a 10,000-mile pipeline system which transports natural gas to markets throughout the northeastern and southeastern United States. The current system capacity is approximately 9.6 million dekatherms per day.

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