Rivervale South to Market Project Completed

Rivervale South to Market project has been successfully placed into full service, Williams said. The project is an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system to meet growing heating and power generation demand for northeastern consumers.

“The demand for clean, reliable natural gas is at an all-time high, particularly in the northeastern markets where it has had a direct impact on significantly improving regional air quality,” said Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of Williams. “The Rivervale South to Market project will continue this progress in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts by enhancing and expanding our existing Transco pipeline infrastructure.”

The construction on the Rivervale South to Market project began in early 2019. A portion of the Rivervale South to Market project (140,000 dekatherms per day) was placed into service on July 1, 2019. The remaining portion of the project (50,000 dekatherms per day) was placed into service on Sept. 1, 2019.

The project will provide 190,000 dekatherms of firm natural gas service by uprating 10.3 miles of existing Transco pipeline, adding less than a mile of new pipeline looping, and upgrading or modifying existing facilities, all in New Jersey. With this expansion, the Transco pipeline’s system-design capacity is increased to 17.2 million dekatherms per day.


FERC Approval Requested for Leidy South Project

Transco interstate pipeline, operated by Williams has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for its Leidy South project. The proposed project will connect robust supplies of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica producing regions in Pennsylvania with markets along the Atlantic Seaboard.

“The Leidy South project will allow Williams to continue to grow our strategic footprint in the gas-rich Marcellus region, creating a unique opportunity to expand Transco by leveraging recent expansions on Williams’ Northeast Gathering & Processing assets in Pennsylvania,” said Micheal Dunn, chief operating officer of Williams.

The project will also expand Transco’s firm transportation capacity by 582400 dekatherms per day from the Leidy Hub and Zick interconnect to points downstream in Transco’s Zone 5 and Zone 6 market areas. The project is expected to cost $531 million and a target in-service of 1st December, 2021.

By maximizing the use of existing Transco pipeline infrastructure and rights of way in Pennsylvania, the project is designed to minimize environmental impacts which includes 6.3 miles of existing pipe replacement, 5.9 miles of new pipeline loop segments along the existing Transco pipeline corridor, and horsepower additions at two existing compressor facilities. Two new Greenfield compressor facilities in Pennsylvania is also planned for this project.


New Permit Applications Submitted by Williams for Raritan Bay Pipeline

Williams has filed new permit applications with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to build its proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement Project. The project includes a natural gas pipeline under Raritan Bay to New York and a new compressor station in Franklin Township.

"We strongly believe the discrete technical issues raised by the DEP on June 5 were addressed in our previous application and, in this application, we have provided additional information showing that these issues have been addressed," Christopher Stockton, a Williams spokesperson, said in a statement.

The company's initial application was denied by the DEP and a similar rejection by New York regulators in May. An environmental group has already criticized the company's action for filing new permit application.

"New Jersey’s denial outlined the serious violations of laws and regulations, in particular the lack of need, the impact from toxic contaminated sediments, and the failure to prove that this project is in the public interest. It is clear that as long as the door is left open they will continue to try and push this pipeline through" Peter Blair, policy attorney for Clean Ocean Action, said in a statement.


NJ Joins NY in Rejecting the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

New Jersey rejected the plans for Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project to move more natural gas to New York City by the winter of 2020-2021, Kallanish Energy reports.

A similar decision was taken last month by New York regulators. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has denied the water-quality certification needed by Williams for the project.

The agency said the project could “adversely impact surface water quality.” Williams is planning to resubmit the application. They have also refiled the permit application to New York regulators and is pending.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project includes 10 miles of pipeline loops in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey, 23 miles offshore in New Jersey and New York, a new compressor station in New Jersey and additional horsepower at an existing compressor station in Pennsylvania.

The project is being developed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., a Williams’ subsidiary and in New York, the pipeline would stretch under New York Bay to the Queens area of New York City.

National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast U.S said the project is crucial because pipeline capacity to New York is at capacity and natural gas demand in the New York City region is projected to grow by 10% in the next 10 years.


National Grid Halts Natural Gas Hook-Ups for NYC and Long Island

National Grid announced that it will not accept any new natural gas customers in its New York City and Long Island service areas. Last week, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied Williams' application for water quality certification for the construction of their Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline.

National Grid said that until state regulators approve permits to William’s, all new natural gas hook-ups for the NYC and Long Island area will be halted. "While we continue to receive applications for new and expanded firm gas service ... none will be processed until the permits are received and (NESE) is allowed to proceed," National Grid said in a statement. 

The pipeline was approved by the FERC on May 3, but the New York DEC, in denying the permit, said the project “fails to meet New York State’s rigorous water quality standards” and “would cause impacts to habitats due to the disturbance of shellfish beds and other benthic resources.”

The NESE would be a 400,000-Mmcfd, 24-mile sub-sea pipeline costing $1 billion that will extend from the New Jersey shore across Raritan Bay and interconnecting with Williams' existing Transco pipeline into New York.


FERC Authorizes William’s Transco Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Project

Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets by Williams got certificate of public convenience and necessity from FERC, the company reported.

National Grid – the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States will receive 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas supply through the Northeast Supply Enhancement project.

With the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, National Grid’s will be able to convert about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in New York City and Long Island, which is critical to keep up with new development in the area.

Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Northeast Supply Enhancement project facilities in the fall of 2019, following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

“Natural gas is a critical component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs and to help meet its aggressive clean air goals,” said Williams Chief Operating Officer Michael Dunn.

“NESE will provide access to critical supply to serve our customers in New York City and on Long Island, ensuring there is enough natural gas for them to heat their homes and run their businesses,” said National Grid New York President John Bruckner.


Williams Seeks Approval for 187-Mile Kansas to Oklahoma Pipeline

The Wichita Eagle reported that the Williams Companies Inc. met with Sedgwick County officials Wednesday about the 187-mile Bluestem pipeline that would carry volatile gas liquids and run from McPherson County, Kansas, to Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.

The line would carry 225,000 barrels a day of pressurized gas liquids such as propane and butane, which are byproducts of natural gas production. The volatile liquids would be separated from natural gas at the company's plant in Conway.

The proposed pipeline would connect the Kansas plant to the Targa Grand Prix pipeline in Oklahoma, so that the liquids could move to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

The pipeline will across mostly farmland in Sedgwick County, according to pipeline officials. Sedgwick County officials would need to issue permits for the Bluestem pipeline to cross county roads. The company hopes to obtain permits along the pipeline route by January and to complete construction in November 2020.


Open Season Announced for Regional Energy Access Expansion

A binding open season for Regional Energy Access from March 8 to April 8, 2019 has been announced by Williams today. Regional Energy Access is an incremental expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline to provide firm natural gas transportation capacity to markets in the northeastern United States as early as November 2022.

Regional Energy Access is being designed to provide up to one million dekatherms per day. "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.

This expansion minimizes environmental impacts by maximizing the use of existing Transco pipeline infrastructure and rights of way. It is anticipated that the project will include approximately 34 miles of pipeline looping and additional compression along existing Transco facilities.

The preliminary design of the project consists of additional compression and selected pipeline loop segments along the existing Transco pipeline corridor. Although the final capacity, scope and cost of the project will be determined by the results of the open season.


Phase II Construction of Hillabee Expansion Project Kicks Off

Construction on the second phase of Williams’ Hillabee Expansion project in Chilton County, Alabama has officially started. This includes contractor mobilization, environmental training and site preparation at the location of a nearly seven-mile pipeline loop known as the Rock Springs Loop.

The second phase construction also includes horsepower modifications to two existing Transco compressor facilities. It is anticipated to be placed into service next summer and will increase the Transco pipeline’s capacity by an additional 206,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.

Another work on nearly four-mile Verbena Loop in Choctaw County, Alabama is scheduled to begin in April.

The first phase of the Hillabee project was successfully placed into service in July 2017. This increased Transco pipeline’s capacity in Alabama by 818,410 dekatherms per day and supplied Florida power generators via the new Sabal Trail pipeline.


Tioga Gathering System to Be Acquired by Hess Midstream Partners

Hess North Dakota Pipelines agreed to purchase the crude oil and gas gathering assets of Summit Midstream Partners’ Tioga Gathering System for about $60 million gross or $12 million net to Hess Midstream.

The acquisition includes 73 miles of crude pipelines and 79 miles of gas pipelines. In a separate deal, Hess Midstream’s sponsor, Hess Infrastructure Partners (HIP), agreed to acquire the water gathering assets of the Tioga System from Summit Midstream Partners which includes 75 miles of produced water gathering pipelines.

Hess Midstream Partners chief operating officer John Gatling said, “We are excited to extend our infrastructure footprint with the agreement to purchase the Tioga System’s crude oil and gas gathering assets.”

The Tioga System, located in Williams County in western North Dakota, is complementary to Hess Midstream’s infrastructure and is delivering volumes into Hess Midstream’s gathering system. The completion of the acquisition is expected to take place in the first quarter of this year.


Williams and Targa to Construct Nearly 300 Mile of NGL Pipe in New $600 Million Investment

Williams and Targa Resources Corp. have announced that they will be working on a new NGL pipeline. The agreement will have the project link the Conway, Kansas, and Mont Belviue, Texas NGL markets.

The 188 mile Bluestem Pipeline will be built by Williams from its fractionator in Conway, Kansas and the terminus of Overland Pass Pipeline to an interconnect with Targa’s Grand Prix NGL Pipeline in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.

Targa will be responsible for construction a 110 mile extension of Grand Prix which will connect southern Oklahoma and the Sooner Trend oilfield, the Anadarko basin, as well as Canadian and Kingfisher counties in Central Oklahoma where it will finally connect with Williams’ new Bluestem Pipeline.

“Expanding our NGL pipeline business to interconnect with Targa’s strategically-positioned Grand Prix Pipeline will provide Williams and our customers with access to Mont Belvieu while opening up additional markets for Conway,” said Alan Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams.

 “The further expansion of our Grand Prix NGL Pipeline into the STACK is an attractive extension of a highly strategic asset for Targa and will direct significant incremental NGLs over the long-term from Williams and other third parties to Grand Prix and to our downstream assets in Mont Belvieu and Galena Park,” said Joe Bob Perkins, Chief Executive Officer of Targa.

An expected investment of $350 million to $400 million will be made by Williams in these NGL logistics projects, and an expected cost of $200 million will be made by Targa’s Grand Prix extension, which will have an initial capacity of approximately 120,000 bpd.

For both the Grand Prix extension and the new Bluestem Pipeline, the target in-service date set is first quarter of 2021, according to Targa and Williams.

Williams also plans to expand the DJ Lateral of the Overland Pass Pipeline and make improvements at its Conway NGL Storage facility, as part of this project.

World Pipelines

Williams' Gulf Connector Project Placed into Full Service, Connects to 10,000 Miles of Pipeline

Williams announced that its Gulf Connector Project has been placed into service. The project will further connect the Transco Pipeline with global LNG markets and expand its delivery capacity by 475 million cubic feet per day.

“Since 2017, Williams has now added more than two billion cubic feet per day of capacity to directly serve global LNG export facilities,” said Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of Williams. “Projects like Gulf Connector, which leverage existing gas pipeline infrastructure, make it possible to connect abundant domestic supply with emerging international markets, giving a boost to the U.S. economy while helping meet the world’s increasing demand for clean energy.”

Williams is well-positioned to take advantage of the LNG demand growth surge since its Transco pipeline passes through every U.S. state with an LNG export facility currently under construction.

Transco is one of the largest interstate natural gas pipeline systems, delivering natural gas to customers through approximately 10,000 miles of pipeline and extending nearly 1,800 miles between South Texas and New York City.

World Pipelines

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Only a Few Finishing Touches Away From Being Active

The owner of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline has asked federal regulators for permission to activate the pipeline on September 10.

If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the pipeline would transport natural gas from fracking wells in northeastern Pennsylvania south through a 42-inch, nearly 183-mile pipe to the existing Transco pipeline in Lancaster county near Holtwood.

Around 37 miles of the pipeline is in Lancaster County.

Gas is scheduled to go from Holtwood to markets along the eastern seaboard as far south as Alabama. There will also be some that is exported overseas from the Cove Point liquid natural gas facility near Baltimore.

Oklahoma-based William Partners estimated that the pipeline would be ready for gas by the end of August, but there were some delays in final landscaping work due to recent heavy rains that resulted in final cleanup and restoration work above ground being prolonged, the company said in its filing.

The company told FERC that it has developed a plan to expedite the remaining restoration activities after rain damaged some of the completed section of the pipeline rights of way above ground.

The above ground restoration is not expected to be completed until October, although it will have no effect on the below-ground pipeline if it is transporting gas, a Williams spokesman said.

Lancaster Online

Midcoast Energy Looking for Shippers for New Natural Gas Pipeline Serving US Gulf Coast

Midcoast Energy, a midstream operator, began soliciting shippers Monday for a new natural gas pipeline that will boost its ability to move supplies to the Houston Ship Channel and US Gulf Coast markets.

Midcoast Energy was sold by Canada’s Enbridge to ArcLight Capital Partners in May. It has been seeing substantial volume growth with increased gas production from drillers in East Texas and Louisiana’s Haynesville shale.

Midcoast operates a large network of gathering, processing and pipeline assets that comprise its East Texas system. CJ Express pipeline, a new project expected to start up in mid-2020, will consist of up to 150 miles of 36-inch or larger diameter pipeline. It will stretch from Carthage in Panola County, Texas to Midcoast’s Clarity Pipeline in Hardin County, Texas, interconnecting with several Kinder Morgan, Williams, and other companies’ pipelines.

Statements from Midcoast have not specified CJ Express’ total expected capacity.

The non-binding open season began Monday and will last until September 14.

S&P Global

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Constitution Pipeline Over New York Water Quality Permit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by developers of the Constitution Pipeline to challenge New York state's refusal to issue a necessary water permit for the proposed natural gas pipeline.

Developers of the Constitution Pipeline filed with FERC to build the pipeline in 2013 and also applied for a water permit from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in the same year.

The state rejected the request in April 2016, saying the pipeline company failed to provide enough information to determine whether the pipeline would align with the state's water quality standards.

Constitution Pipeline developers appealed New York state's decision to the 2nd Circuit but did not win.

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear Constitution's appeal of the 2nd Circuit's decision is not necessarily the end of the pipeline's journey, however, as FERC also has to decide whether it wants to overturn New York's decision to reject the water permit. FERC, which approved the pipeline in 2014 and again in 2016, is still considering the issue.

Constitution Pipeline is a partnership between Williams Cos, Duke Energy, WGL Holdings, and Cabot Oil & Gas.


New York Denies Water Quality Permit for Transco Pipeline Expansion

New York regulators rejected a needed permit for a proposed pipeline expansion project that would increase natural gas deliveries to New York City.

The Department of Environmental Conservation denied a state water quality permit for a proposed expansion of the Transco pipeline that extends from Texas to the Northeast coast saying the project shows potentially significant environmental impacts.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project would be a 17-mile extension of 26-inch-diameter underwater pipe from New Jersey to Queens.

Williams Partners, the developer of Transco, says it will resubmit its application and work with the Department of Environmental Conservation in ways required to receive the needed water permit.

Houston Chronicle

Developers of Constitution Pipeline Ask FERC for Rehearing of NY Denial of Water Permit

Developers of the proposed Constitution Pipeline asked FERC on Monday to review their order related to a water quality permit that was denied for the project by the state of New York.

The Constitution natural gas pipeline, which would move 125 miles from Pennsylvania to New York, was denied a water quality permit in 2016 by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for failing to provide sufficient information as to whether the pipeline would comply with the state's water quality standards.

Constitution Pipeline appealed New York's decision, but the federal appeals court last year upheld New York's decision to deny the permit.

FERC last month also rejected the developers' request to overturn New York's denial of the water permit.

Constitution Pipeline argues that New York failed to act within a reasonable amount of time on the application for a water quality permit.

The project was first proposed in 2013 and filed by Williams to FERC. It was then approved by FERC in 2014 and then again in 2016, conditioned on other approvals.

The Constitution Pipeline is owned by subsidiaries of Williams, Cabot Oil & Gas, Duke Energy, and WGL Holdings.

Due to the delays, the estimated cost for the pipeline has boosted from about $683 million to as high as $875 million according to reports in upstate New York newspapers.


Nuns File Lawsuit Against Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project on Religious Grounds

An order of nuns is fighting to stop the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline from being built through their cornfield in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on the grounds that it violates their religious freedom.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ say the pipeline construction on their lands would also infringe on their duty to preserve the earth.

A lower court last year dismissed the nun's lawsuit because of insufficient evidence that the pipeline would infringe on the nuns' religious beliefs.

Both FERC and the pipeline developer said the lawsuit has no weight because the nuns did not bring their religious freedom argument to the federal agency in the first place.

Lawyer Elizabeth Witmer for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company told the panel of appeals judges that the nuns "had the opportunity to present a defense, but they chose not to."

The Atlantic Sunrise project, which is more than 20 percent complete, is an expansion of Williams’ Transco transmission system and is designed to move 1.7 million cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania to southern states.

Houston Chronicle

FERC Upholds New York Denial of Water Permit for Williams Constitution NatGas Pipeline

FERC on Thursday rejected Williams Cos' request to overturn New York's denial of a water quality permit for the proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, further delaying the project that has been proposed since 2013.

Williams said it would consider seeking a rehearing and possibly an appeal of FERC's decision if necessary as it remains committed to putting the Constitution pipeline into operation.

In 2013 the proposed project had an estimated cost of approximately $683 million, but delays have risen the approximate cost to as high as $875 million.

Williams had filed for a water quality certification from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in August 2013 and then withdrew and resubmitted the application twice following the DEC's request.

The DEC denied the application in April 2016 saying Williams did not provide enough information about the project's compliance with the state's water quality standards.

If built, the 125-mile Constitution pipeline would transport up to 0.65 billion cubic feet per day of shale gas from Pennsylvania to New York.


Several Protestors Arrested at Atlantic Sunrise NatGas Pipeline Construction Site

Six protestors were arrested this week for trying to block the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania, adding to the dozens of people who have been arrested at the same site earlier this month.

Police arrested the six protestors after warning them to leave the entrance to the construction site. When the protestors did not comply, they were arrested and now face criminal trespass charges.

This month 29 protestors have been arrested in Pennsylvania in their attempts to stop construction of William's Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline.

Williams is building the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to carry gas from the Marcellus Shale in northern Pennsylvania to southern states.

Williams says the pipeline is scheduled to be placed into full service by mid-2018.