Williams secures commitments for Transco mainline expansion

A Williams unit, Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp., has secured 526 MMcfd of binding commitments for the expansion of its mainline from near Greensburg, La., to near Chatham, Va., to meet increasing gas demand in the southeastern US. It will disclose costs, facilities, rates, and customers later.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Apr. 12 -- A Williams unit is preparing to apply for one of its largest mainland expansion projects after securing 526 MMcfd of binding commitments.

The Momentum expansion project will enlarge the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp. system from Station 65 near Greensburg, La., to Station 165 near Chatham, Va., to meet increasing gas demand in the southeastern US.

Williams said the project would require pipeline looping along the existing mainline as well as additional horsepower at existing compressor stations. It is expected to be in service by May 1, 2003.

It will disclose costs, facilities, rates, and customers when it applies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permits in the second quarter.

Gary Lauderdale, senior vice president and general manager of Williams' Transco pipeline, said "Momentum will be one of the largest mainline expansion projects constructed in Transco's 50-plus year history.''

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