Williams to expand natural gas line in Virginia

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An expansion of the Williams Cos.’ Transco pipeline in Virginia is being launched as the company plans public meetings in surrounding towns and cities.

Williams is adding more than 26 miles of 42-inch-diamter pipeline in Pittsylvania County. The project is to be part of the Tulsa-based company’s proposed Southeast Supply Enhancement project to add nearly 1.6 million dekatherms of gas a day, enough to supply 8.6 million homes. The addition will be to the southeastern part of the nearly 10,000-mile Transco system running from Texas to New York, reported Cardinal News in Virginia.

The first of several public meetings will be held Wednesday in Chatham, Virginia. Williams is hoping to get support from the public and also needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It hopes to continue the project as far south as Alabama, according to a Williams project website.

“This expansion will provide reliable natural gas deliveries to Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama to meet the growing residential, commercial and industrial demand in cities across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast,” Williams stated on the website.