FERC has approved Williams’ request to use extended construction hours in order to complete work at the Downingtown Meter and Regulator Station in Middlesex County, New Jersey, as part of the New York Bay Expansion Project.
According to FERC’s David Swearingen, Williams requests this change to minimize the Mainline “A” outage and reestablish transportation service along this portion of its Transco system by September 1, 2017.
Swearingen added that the company will construct into the evenings for no more than 7 work days and stopping daily construction no later than 10:00 pm unless safety circumstances require some additional time to secure the worksite. Williams has also committed to continue noise monitoring onsite, and will not use nighttime hours on Sunday.
The New York Bay Expansion Project includes the installation of additional horsepower at three existing Transco compressor facilities, uprating Transco’s existing Lower New York Bay lateral and replacing 0.2 miles of 42-inch pipe in Middlesex County, N.J. The project will also involve modifications to existing Transco meter & regulator stations in Middlesex County, N.J., and Richmond County, N.Y.
Once completed, it will provide National Grid with an additional 115,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day in time for the 2017/2018 winter heating season. The project is expected to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2017.