May 31, 2016 — Williams is developing a pipeline project entitled the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project to expand its existing Transco transmission system to meet the increasing demand for natural gas in the northeastern United States for the 2019/2020 winter heating season. The company is in the preliminary stages of developing the proposal which is being designed to add 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas transportation capacity and is targeted to be in service for the winter heating season of 2019.
The preliminary project design in Chester County is limited to:
- Compressor Station 200, East Whiteland, Chester County, Pennsylvania - Add 21,000 HP by installing one electric motor-driven compressor unit
Additionally, the project will also include the following facilities located outside of Chester County:
- Approximately 10 mile, 42-inch loop (pipeline laid parallel to existing lines) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- Greenfield Compressor Station 206, Somerset County, New Jersey - A new 32,000 HP compressor station near Transco's mainline consisting of two natural gas compressor units and associated facilities.
- Approximately 3.4 mile, 26-inch loop of Transco's existing Lower NY Bay Lateral from Transco 's Station 207 downstream to the Morgan metering and regulating station, Middlesex County, New Jersey (onshore)
- Approximately 22 mile, 26-inch pipeline near Transco's existing Lower NY Bay Lateral from the Morgan metering and regulating station in Middlesex County, New Jersey to the Rockaway Transfer Point, New York State waters (offshore)
- Project Map — A map of the proposed pipeline route and related station activity is available here.
- Project Description — A description of the project in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York is available here.
- Project Website — Project specific information on the Williams website is located at http://www.williams.com/nese.
Before Williams can expand or modify its facilities, the company must first apply for and obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from FERC. The details of the pipeline project proposal have not been finalized, and a formal application has not yet been filed with FERC. Williams has, however, initiated an environmental pre-filing review of the project with FERC. The environmental pre-filing review is one of the first steps in the information gathering process and will help the company minimize impacts to the environment and communities.
All documents and correspondence submitted to or issued by the FERC regarding the Project can be accessed on the FERC's website at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp under docket number PF 16-5 You may also sign up for the FERC's e-subscription service which will allow you to be notified via email of all future submittals and issuances affecting this project. Additional questions about the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project can be directed to Williams at 717.208.6019 or [email protected].
Draft Environmental Documents Submitted to FERC
November 23, 2016 — Williams Transco submitted to FERC a draft of environmental documents, known as resource reports, to allow the agency the opportunity to preview the initial data and design for the project. These reports include preliminary analyses of route alternatives, potential impact to water, vegetative and wildlife resources, cultural resources, soils, geology, land use, socioeconomics, noise air quality and safety. This draft analysis of potential impacts is ongoing, and as a result, contains placeholders for information that will be included in the formal application. The Northeast Supply Enhancement project only proposes changes to Compressor Station 200, located in East Whiteland Township. You can view the filing with FERC here.
Transco applies to FERC for Certificate of Public Convenience
March 27, 2017 — Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco) filed an application for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This application is seeking an approval schedule that would allow service to begin in the second half of 2019. View the letter here.
You can find Transco's application on the FERC site at www.ferc.gov. Select the eLibrary link from the left hand side (image of a computer mouse), select eLibrary from the left column, and then use the "general search" for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, by entering Docket Number CP17-101. You can also find information on the proposed project on the company's website at http://www.northeastsupplyenhancement.com. Contact information listed for the project is 713-215-2264 or [email protected].