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Transco proposes 400,000-Dth/d gas expansion project in New York

TranscontinentalGas Pipe Line Co. LLC asked FERC to begin a prefiling review of an expansionproject that will increase a natural gas transportation capacity to customers inNew York by 400,000 Dth/d.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project would expand Transco'sexisting natural gas transmission system, allowing an increase of incremental firmtransportation capacity to meet NationalGrid plc's long-term supply and reliability needs for the 2019-2020heating season.

"Transco executed binding precedent agreements with NationalGrid in February 2016," Transco, a WilliamsPartners LP subsidiary, said in the May 9 request. The project is fullysubscribed to and would provide 400,000 Dth/d of firm transportation from Transco'sCompressor Station 195 in York County, Pa., to an interconnection between the LowerNew York Bay lateral and the Rockaway delivery lateral in New York state waters.

The proposed project facilities would include installation of22 miles of 26-inch-diameter loop from Middlesex County, N.J., to the Rockaway transferpoint; 10 miles of 42-inch loop in Lancaster County, Pa.; 3.4 miles of 26-inch looppipeline from the Lower New York Bay lateral to Middlesex County; and a new compressorstation and modifications to an existing compressor station.

The precedent agreements cover delivery of 188,700 Dth/d of incrementalfirm transportation service to BrooklynUnion Gas Co. d/b/a National Grid NY and 211,300 Dth/d of incrementalfirm transportation service delivered to KeySpanGas East Corp. d/b/a National Grid.

Transco said in its request that it also intends to host an openseason for the project in mid-May.

Transco's targeted in-service date is Sept. 15, 2019. It hasrequested approval to enter into the prefiling process by May 16, 2016. In orderto meet the in-service date, Transco anticipated securing commission approval forthe project by May 2018 and beginning construction approximately one month later.(PF16-5)