Tulsa-based Williams Partners L.P. announced Monday that it has placed into service an expansion of its Transco pipeline system to increase natural gas delivery capacity to New York City by 115,000 dth per day in time for the 2017/2018 heating season, according to a company press release.
The New York Bay Expansion provides additional capacity for much-needed incremental natural gas supplies to National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S. The company provides service to 1.8 million customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
“Our Transco pipeline has a long history of providing New York City with safe, reliable natural gas service,” said Micheal Dunn, Williams’ executive vice president and chief operating officer. “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 New York Bay Expansion is the fourth of Williams Partners’ projected five Transco expansion projects to be placed into service this year, combining with Gulf Trace, Hillabee Phase 1 and the Dalton Expansion to add more than 2.5 million dth per day capacity to the Transco pipeline system so far in 2017. The partnership continues to target a fourth-quarter 2017 in-service date for its fifth Transco expansion this year – the Virginia Southside II project.
Transco, the nation’s largest-volume and fastest-growing interstate natural gas pipeline system, has served New York City for more than 60 years. It currently delivers about nearly half of all of the natural gas consumed in the city.
Transco delivers natural gas to customers through its 10,000-mile pipeline network whose mainline extends nearly 1,800 miles between South Texas and New York City. The system is a major provider of cost-effective natural gas services that reach U.S. markets in 12 Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states.