The Leidy South Project is a proposed expansion of Williams’ existing Pennsylvania energy infrastructure to further connect robust supplies of natural gas in northern and western Pennsylvania with growing demand centers along the Atlantic Seaboard in time for the 2021-22 winter heating season.
The project will help the existing Transco pipeline system transport an additional 582,400 dekatherms of natural gas supply per day – enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of approximately 2.5 million homes.
Pennsylvania is the second-largest natural gas producing state in the U.S., averaging a record 15 billion cubic feet per day in 2017 – 3% higher than the 2016 level. The Commonwealth accounted for 19% of total U.S. marketed natural gas production in 2017 and produced more natural gas than any other state except Texas.
While Pennsylvania produces record volumes of natural gas, insufficient pipeline infrastructure continues to limit consumer access to the state’s supplies, resulting in production curtailments and shut-in production.
The design of the Leidy South Project limits environmental impacts by maximizing the use of existing energy infrastructure. The proposed facilities include:
Leidy Line Facilities
- Replacement of 6.09 miles of Transco’s existing 24-inch Leidy Line A with 36-inch pipe in Clinton County, Pennsylvania (Hensel Replacement)
- 2.46 miles of 36-inch pipeline loop in Clinton County, Pennsylvania (Hilltop Loop); and
- 3.55 miles of 42-inch pipeline loop in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Benton Loop);
Central Penn Line North Facilities
- Compressor Station 605 – Uprate the two existing electric motor driven compressors from 15,000 horsepower (“hp”) to 21,000 hp each at Transco’s existing Compressor Station 605 in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania;
- Grassroots Compressor Station 607 – Install two turbine driven compressor units and cooling in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania;
Central Penn Line South Facilities
- Compressor Station 610 – Add one turbine driven compressor unit and cooling at Transco’s existing Compressor Station 610 in Columbia County, Pennsylvania;
- Grassroots Compressor Station 620 – Install one turbine driven compressor unit in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania;
- Appurtenant underground and aboveground facilities.
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 requested to initiate the FERC pre-filing process for the project in November 2018. The project was assigned pre-filing docket number PF19-1.
The FERC pre-filing process is intended to solicit early input from citizens, governmental entities and other interested parties to identify and address issues with potential facility locations. The company will host a series of public open houses in the affected areas to formally introduce the proposal to the public and solicit feedback. Public input is important to us and can help shape the final project scope.
Following the pre-filing period, Williams intends to file its Certificate Application with the FERC in the summer of 2019 seeking approval to construct the Leidy South Project. You may access all project-related documentation at the FERC website by referencing the docket number assigned to the project.
Among other things, the Certificate Application contains a description of the new facilities, need for the project, detailed maps, schedules, and various environmental reports. This information details the various studies and analyses that have been conducted to determine what effect construction and operation could potentially have on the environment and community.
FERC will prepare an environmental evaluation using information included in the Certificate Application, supplemental information that may be provided by the company upon request, information assembled by FERC staff, as well as information provided by state and federal agencies and the public. The evaluation will describe the proposed project and alternatives, as well as identify existing environmental conditions and potential impacts from the project.
If FERC determines that the project is environmentally acceptable – and is satisfied the project is in the public interest – it will issue an Order granting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
November 2018 Pre-filing process begins
December 2018 Open Houses
Summer 2019 Submit 7(c) Application to FERC
Early 2021 Anticipated Construction Start
Winter 2021-22 Target In-Service