Williams Partners LP announced Feb. 1 that it has successfully placed into service its Gulf Trace project. The project represents a 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) expansion of the Transco pipeline system. It is designed to serve the Cheniere Energy Partners LP Sabine Pass Liquefaction export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
The Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal is the first large-scale LNG export facility in operation in the United States.
The Gulf Trace project allows Transco’s production area mainline and southwest Louisiana lateral systems to flow gas bi-directionally from Station 65 in St. Helena Parish to Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Cheniere has subscribed to all the firm capacity for the project.
“Projects like Gulf Trace, which leverage existing gas pipeline infrastructure, make it possible to connect abundant domestic supply with emerging international markets,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “Williams is well-positioned to take advantage of the projected surge in LNG demand growth, with our Transco pipeline passing through every U.S. state with an LNG export facility currently under construction.”
Natural gas demand to serve LNG export facilities along the Transco pipeline is expected to grow by approximately 11 Bcf/d by 2025. In September 2016, the company filed an application seeking regulatory approval for its Gulf Connector Expansion Project, designed to deliver 475 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) to feed two liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas — one located on the northern coast of Corpus Christi Bay in 2019, and another located on the coast of Freeport Bay in the second half of 2018.
Gulf Trace is part of approximately $1.6 billion in transmission growth projects Williams Partners plans to bring into service on its Transco pipeline system in 2017 that will help increase the pipeline’s capacity by approximately 3 Bcf/d. The Garden State, Dalton, Hillabee (Phase 1), Virginia Southside II and New York Bay Expansion projects are all under construction and/or expected to be placed in-service this year.
Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, of which Williams owns controlling interests. Transco is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing interstate natural gas transmission pipeline system. It delivers natural gas to customers through its 10,200-mile pipeline network whose mainline extends nearly 1,800 miles between South Texas and New York City. The system provides cost-effective natural gas services to U.S. markets in the Southeast and Atlantic seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as international markets.