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FERC lets Transco start last part of New York Bay expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC to put in service the remaining facilities of an expansion project that will bring New York City an additional 115,000 Dth/d of natural gas.

FERC staff granted the authorization to the Williams Partners LP subsidiary for the New York Bay expansion project on Oct. 6. Transco will operate the project in Chester County, Pa., Middlesex County, N.J., and Richmond County, N.Y. The project includes adding horsepower at three existing Transco compressor facilities along with uprating the existing Lower New York Bay lateral and replacing about 0.25 miles of 42-inch-pipeline throughout Middlesex County.

Transco said in its Sept. 21 request that it has not yet used parts of the project authorized earlier, including replacement segments on the Lower New York Bay lateral, the Downingtown meter and regulator station bypass, and new facilities at the Narrows meter station.

Transco entered into a binding precedent agreement to provide 100% of the firm transportation service provided by the project to Brooklyn Union Gas Co., which does business as National Grid NY. The distribution company will use the service to meet incremental growth requirements. (FERC docket CP15-527)