Williams to expand Transco line; calls open season

A unit of Williams, Tulsa, is holding a nonbinding open season to Feb. 26 for as much as 550 MMcfd of additional capacity on Transco's proposed Mobile Bay South II natural gas pipeline system expansion.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 24 -- A unit of Williams, Tulsa, is holding a nonbinding open season to Feb. 26 for as much as 550 MMcfd of additional capacity on Transco's proposed Mobile Bay South II natural gas pipeline system expansion. It would serve markets in the southeastern US.

The proposed expansion will offer shippers additional year-round firm capacity transportation service on Transco's Mobile Bay lateral from Station 85 in Choctaw County, Ala., as far south as an existing interconnection with Gulfstream natural gas system in Mobile County, Ala.

"Requiring only compression, our project is designed to meet this demand with a relatively modest investment," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' gas pipeline business. "In fact, minimal capital will be needed until 2010," he added.

The results of the open season will determine the project's final size, scope, and cost. Williams expects it to be on stream as early as May 2011, subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval.

"This project…will provide shippers access to supply at Station 85, as well as access to third-party storage being connected to the Mobile Bay lateral," said Wright. "Mobile Bay South II is Williams' cost-effective solution to connect growing supply at Station 85 to growing demand from local distribution companies and power generators in the Southeast."

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