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Williams Partners commissions New York Bay Expansion project

EBR Staff Writer Published 11 October 2017

Williams Partners has commissioned the New York Bay Expansion project, designed to increase natural gas delivery capacity of the Transco pipeline system to New York City by 115,000 dekatherms per day.

The expansion project has been completed in time for the 2017/2018 heating season and the Oklahoma-based energy infrastructure firm said it would deliver enough natural gas to cover the heating needs of 500,000 homes.

The project boosted horsepower at three existing compressor facilities associated with the Transco pipeline. In addition, existing meter and regulator stations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York were modified as part of the expansion project.

Williams Partners executive vice president and chief operating officer Micheal Dunn said: “Our Transco pipeline has a long history of providing New York City with safe, reliable natural gas service.

“Our New York Bay Expansion project continues that long-standing commitment, providing additional supplies of affordable natural gas to support the region’s economic vitality and ensure a reliable energy supply to the New York City area.”

The additional transportation capacity of the 16,415km-long Transco interstate natural gas transmission pipeline will cater to the incremental natural gas supplies to National Grid.

Considered to be the largest natural gas distributor in the northeastern US, National Grid serves 1.8 million customers across Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Staten Island.

National Grid New York president Ken Daly said: “As we have seen with the recent storms that have devastated other states and neighboring regions, the security of energy supply needs to be protected and enhanced. A secure and resilient supply of natural gas is critical to the local New York City and Long Island communities we serve.

“Williams’ New York Bay Expansion project will help ensure safe, reliable and secure energy to meet our customers’ needs.”

The New York Bay Expansion marks the fourth Transco expansion project to be commissioned in the current year after Gulf Trace, Hillabee Phase 1 and the Dalton Expansion.

The expansion projects have added over 2.5 million dekatherms per day capacity to the Transco pipeline system so far in the year.

Williams Partners expects to commission the Virginia Southside II project in the fourth quarter, which will become the fifth expansion of the Transco pipeline in 2017.