The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Williams Partners' proposal to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline to provide an additional 142,000 dekatherms of incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to serve growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic region by November 2012.On Friday the FERC gave Williams approval to continue the project. Reuters is reporting:
The Mid-Atlantic Connector expansion project is designed to provide power generation and local distribution customers in Virginia and Maryland with incremental firm transportation capacity from a Transco interconnection with East Tennessee Natural Gas in Rockingham County, N.C.
The owner of the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co LLC received approval on Friday from federal energy regulators to startup a segment of a natural gas pipeline expansion project this weekend.
Williams Cos Inc had requested approval to start the new segment so it can reroute supply to customers while performing some work on another segment.
The company had said in a June 28 filing that if it was unable to place the pipeline section into service by the weekend "existing delivery obligations could be negatively impacted."
On Thursday, a company spokesman said it would not take its line out of service this weekend unless it received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to operate the new segment.