Sunday, September 13, 2009

Williams gets FERC approval to expand natural gas pipeline to Southeast

TULSA, Okla. - Natural gas producer Williams Companies, Inc., on Sept. 9 revealed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval for the proposed expansion of its Transco natural gas pipeline by 308,500 dekatherms per day to serve markets in the southeastern United States.
The expansion will be conducted in two phases. Construction of the first phase will begin this fall, while the second is expected to get underway next summer.
In the first phase of pipeline expansion, the Tulsa -based Williams expects to increase capacity by 90,000 dekatherms per day and in the second phase by 218,500 dekatherms per day.
The company also expects the 85 North project to require construction of approximately 22 miles of 42-inch pipeline for the proposed expansion, in addition to a new 20,500 horsepower compressor facility in Anderson with modifications to existing compressor facilities. Project facilities are expected to cost nearly $248 million.
The Transco pipeline is a 10,500-mile pipeline system that transports natural gas to markets throughout the northeastern and southeastern United State. With the current expansion, the total system capacity is expected to increase nearly 8.5 billion cubic feet per day.

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