Williams Partners LP has launched efforts to attract customers for a natural gas pipeline to serve markets in the northeastern United States. The company began a binding open season on May 16 for the Northeast Supply Enhancement project. The open season ends June 9.
The Northeast Supply Enhancement project is an expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline. The project is being designed to provide 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of firm natural gas transportation capacity from Transco’s Compressor Station 195 in York County, Pennsylvania, to the Rockaway Transfer Point, an existing interconnection between the Lower New York Bay Lateral and the Rockaway Delivery Lateral in offshore New York. Transco plans to place the project into service for the 2019-2020 winter heating season.
Prior to starting the open season, Williams executed precedent agreements with subsidiaries of National Grid — the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States — for firm transportation service under the project. Once complete, the project will help meet the growing 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 of 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 appetite 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 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 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Northeast Supply Enhancement project will consist of adding looping and compression to existing Transco pipeline facilities. In order to minimize potential environmental impacts, the proposed project corridor will maximize the use of Transco’s existing pipeline right of way. Williams does not anticipate that the project scope will change based on the outcome of the open season.Tags: Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, Transco, Williams Partners LP