Williams is pursuing an expansion of its Transco interstate natural gas pipeline to provide additional service to National Grid, which provides local natural gas service to New York City. The New York Bay Expansion Project would provide National Grid with an additional 115,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day in time for the 2017/2018 winter heating season (enough natural gas to meet the needs of 500,000 homes).
The project will include the installation of additional horsepower at three existing Transco compressor facilities, in addition to uprating Transco’s existing Lower New York Bay lateral and replacing 0.2 miles of 42-inch pipe in Middlesex County, N.J. The project will also include modifications to existing Transco meter & regulator stations in Middlesex County, N.J., and Richmond County, N.Y. Nearly all of the work is confined to existing company property or right of ways.
Interstate natural gas pipelines are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As such, FERC requires pipeline operators to obtain a federal Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, in addition to various state permits, before any pipeline facilities can be built.
Williams submitted a certificate application to the FERC for the New York Bay Expansion project in July 2015. The project was assigned Docket Number CP15-527 (to view the application, click here). FERC will perform an environmental review of the proposed project. All documents and correspondence submitted to or issued by either the company or FERC regarding the proposed project can be accessed by referencing the project docket number on the FERC website.
- July 2015 – FERC Filing
- April 2016 – FERC Environmental Assessment
- Fall 2016 – Proposed Construction Start
- Fourth Quarter 2017 – Target In-Service
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