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Williams Seeks FERC Approval for Atlantic Sunrise Expansion

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Penn State study shows $1.6 billion economic impact of Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Williams announced that Transco has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization for its Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, which would transport about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

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Transco, the nation’s largest-volume and fastest-growing interstate natural gas pipeline system, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P., of which Williams owns approximately 60 percent, including the general-partner interest.

“Atlantic Sunrise is a vital piece of North American energy infrastructure needed to transport low-cost, abundant supplies of natural gas from the Marcellus producing region in Pennsylvania to hungry markets along the Atlantic Seaboard,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “Shippers have signed long-term commitments for the expansion’s entire capacity, which represents enough natural gas to serve approximately 7 million homes.”

Williams expects to place Atlantic Sunrise into service in the second half of 2017 as part of $4.8 billion in transmission projects planned to come online through 2017. Atlantic Sunrise adds to the list of Transco’s continued growth opportunities to connect increasing supplies of domestic natural gas with strong demand centers on the Eastern Seaboard from New York City to the far Southeast.

According to recent study (story found here) by Pennsylvania State University, the Williams Atlantic Sunrise natural gas project will generate approximately $1.6 billion in additional wages, revenues and investments to the regional and state economies of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The project consists of compression and looping of the Transco Leidy line in Pennsylvania and various locations along its mainline between Pennsylvania and South Carolina in addition to a greenfield pipeline segment, referred to as the Central Penn Line, connecting the northeastern Marcellus producing region to the Transco mainline near Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The greenfield segment will be jointly owned by Transco and a third party.

Williams Partners’ net investment in the Atlantic Sunrise project is expected to be approximately $2.1 billion.

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