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Williams initiates open season for Regional Energy Access expansion

by Erika Green

Pipeline giant Williams has initiated a binding open season, through April 8, for the Regional Energy Access, an incremental expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline.

The project provides firm natural gas transportation capacity to markets in the northeastern U.S. as early as November 2022, according to Williams.

Regional Energy Access is designed to provide up to one billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of firm transportation capacity to the Transco pipeline’s northeast market, including existing Pennsylvania and New Jersey local distribution companies and power generators.

“Regional Energy Access is a cost-effective expansion along an existing Transco corridor that will ultimately deliver more than a billion cubic feet of new natural gas supply with minimal environmental footprint,” said Scott Hallam, senior vice president of Williams’ Atlantic-Gulf Operating Area.

“The project will expand existing infrastructure to meet the region’s growing demand for natural gas, while helping reduce air emissions.”

Regional Energy Access will use existing Transco pipeline infrastructure and rights-of-way, Kallanish Energy reports. The preliminary design of the project consists of additional compression and selected pipeline loop segments along the existing Transco pipeline corridor, which runs from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coast, to the New York City area.

Although the final capacity, scope and cost of the project will be determined by the results of the open season, Williams said it anticipates the project will include roughly 34 miles of pipeline looping and additional compression along existing Transco facilities.

The project will flow Marcellus Shale play gas from receipt points along Transco’s Leidy Line in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to delivery points in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Station 210 Zone 6 Pool in Mercer County, New Jersey, the Lower Mud Run Road interconnect in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and along Transco’s mainline to Station 200, Marcus Hook lateral and Trenton Woodbury lateral.

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