Williams Partners L.P. today announced that Transco has filed an application with FERC seeking authorization for its Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, which would create 400,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation capacity to markets in the northeastern United States for the 2019/2020 winter heating season.
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 74 percent.
Transco has executed precedent agreements with subsidiaries of National Grid for firm transportation service under the project. Once finished, the project will help meet the increasing natural gas demand in the Northeast, including the 1.8 million customers served by National Grid in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
“Customers and businesses in the local communities that we serve in New York City and on Long Island benefit from affordable, clean and reliable energy,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York. “Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement Project expands on our commitment to further improve reliability, make available much-needed gas capacity to support job growth, and help reduce our carbon footprint. This project complements the existing Brooklyn Queens Interconnect/Rockaway Lateral Project, which was completed last spring, and was the first new gas supply delivery point in decades for National Grid customers in this region.”
New York’s need for natural gas is increasing as consumers continue to phase out the use of heavy fuel oils. In April 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced sweeping goals to curb city emissions 80 percent by 2050, which includes phasing out the use of No. 4 fuel oil by 2030. The Northeast Supply Enhancement project creates the energy infrastructure to provide access to important natural gas supply to help New York meet its clean air goals.
“As demand for natural gas increases, the importance of the associated energy infrastructure becomes even more critical,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project will add critical infrastructure necessary to meet the region’s growing demand for natural gas while helping reduce air emissions.”
Subject to approval by FERC, the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project will consist of approximately 10 miles of 42-inch pipeline looping facilities, three miles of onshore 26-inch looping facilities, 23 miles of offshore 26-inch looping facilities, the addition of 21,902 horsepower at an existing compressor station; a new 32,000 horsepower compressor station; and related appurtenant facilities.
The project is expected to cost $926.5 million and be operational Dec. 1, 2019.