Williams Partners announced on Thursday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved its fully contracted Dalton Expansion Project that will provide additional natural gas service to utility companies and a municipal entity in northwest Georgia.
The Dalton Expansion Project will deliver natural gas to an electric generating facility in northern Georgia, a local distribution company, and to the city of Cartersville.
“The Dalton Expansion Project is one of several Transco projects creating much-needed access to northern natural gas supplies to meet growing demand in the South, particularly in the power-generation sector,” said Rory Miller senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area.
The expansion will be Williams Partners’ third project that provides southern market area customers access to growing Marcellus and Utica supplies.
“In addition to the environmental benefits of connecting electric power generators with this cleaner energy resource, these natural gas pipeline investments produce stable, long-term returns for our business,” Miller said.
The project will consist of 115 miles of new pipeline that will extend from the Transco pipeline in Coweta County, Georgia, to new delivery points in Paulding and Murray Counties, Georgia. The new pipeline will be designed to transport approximately 448,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.
Williams is also proposing to build a new compressor facility in Carroll County, Georgia along with three new metering facilities and other related pipe and valve modifications to existing facilities.
Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2016 and be complete in 2017. The project is part of Williams Partners’ 2016 growth capital funding plan that includes $1.3 billion for Transco expansions and other interstate pipeline growth projects.