FERC has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise expansion project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.
“While we are still reviewing details of the certificate order, we are pleased FERC has approved this much-needed energy infrastructure project which will leverage existing infrastructure to help millions of Americans gain access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced natural gas,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “Today, Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. Projects like Atlantic Sunrise will help the state maximize the tremendous economic benefits that this local resource holds.”
Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams Partners anticipates beginning construction on the mainline portion of the project facilities in mid-2017. These mainline facilities will create a much-needed path from the northern part of the Transco system to markets along the Eastern Seaboard for a portion of the project capacity in time for the 2017-2018 heating season. Construction on the Central Penn Line, the greenfield portion of the project, is targeted to begin early in the 3rd Quarter of 2017, which would allow the full project capacity to be placed into service in mid-2018.