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FERC OKs construction of Transco expansion project to serve La. chemical plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC to begin working on the St. James Supply natural gas expansion project, which would deliver additional gas supplies to a new methanol manufacturing plant in Louisiana.

The $33.5 million project, which FERC authorized Jan. 18, is set to deliver 161,500 Dth/d of incremental firm transportation service to Yuhuang Chemical Inc.'s YCI St. James Enterprises LLC.

The commission's approval limits Transco to building only the 20-inch-diameter lateral pipeline, which would run less than one mile, and one of two metering and regulating stations in St. James Parish, La., at the interconnection for the chemical plant.

The remainder of the project includes another metering and regulating station in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., and modifications to compressor stations that will allow for bidirectional flow in St. James and St. Helena parishes.

Transco, a subsidiary of Williams Cos. Inc., applied for the project Feb. 6, 2017, and anticipates placing it in service by Jan. 1, 2019. (FERC docket CP17-58)