Tulsa’s Williams company has won federal approval of expansion of its Transco natural gas pipeline serving the northeast part of the country and construction could begin in early 2019.
The Rivervale South to Market project was issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It will create 190,000 dekatherms a day of firm transportation capacity to serve Direct Energy business Marketing, LLC and UGI Energy Services LLC in time for the 2019/2020 winter heating season. That’s enough to meet the daily needs of nearly 1 million homes.
“The demand for clean, reliable, and low-cost natural gas continues to climb, particularly in northeastern markets like New Jersey and New York City,” said Micheal Dunn, chief operating officer of Williams. “The region has made tremendous strides in improving air quality due primarily to the conversion from fuel oil to natural gas. The Rivervale South to Market project will further propel this progress in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts by maximizing the use of our existing Transco infrastructure.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), increased utilization of natural gas has resulted in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions declining 13 percent since 2005, while overall greenhouse gas emissions are at their lowest levels since 1992.
The Rivervale South to Market project will consist of uprating 10.35 miles of existing Transco pipeline, adding a 0.61-mile pipeline loop, as well as upgrades and modifications to existing facilities, all in New Jersey.
Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Rivervale South to Market project in early 2019.
Transco delivers natural gas to customers through its 10,200-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, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.