Friday, November 5, 2010

Williams Partners applies to expand natural gas service to Southeast

TULSA, Okla. - Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) on Nov. 2 announced that it has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline by 225,000 dekatherms per day to serve markets in the Southeastern U.S.

New service from the Mid-South Expansion project would be available in two phases, subject to FERC approval.

Phase 1 would increase capacity by 95,000 dekatherms per day by the fall of 2012, while Phase II would increase capacity by 130,000 dekatherms per day by the summer of 2013.

Demand for natural gas in the Southeastern U.S. is growing at a rate more than twice the national average.

The Mid-South Expansion project is designed to transport natural gas from Transco's Station 85 pool to new and existing power generation and municipal facilities in the Southeast.

"This filing is an important milestone in our efforts to meet our customers' growing needs for natural gas in the Southeast," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. "We look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to successfully implement this project."

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