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Transco asks FERC for permission to build next phase of Hillabee project


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Transco asks FERC for permission to build next phase of Hillabee project

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to build facilities for the next stage of its Hillabee natural gas pipeline expansion project in Alabama.

"Transco hereby requests a notice to proceed to commence Phase 2 construction activities for the project," the Williams Cos. Inc. pipeline company wrote in the Jan. 11 request.

The company said it received all the necessary permits, and it has requested written authorization to build by Jan. 29. The work will include construction of two pipeline loops and station 95.

FERC granted Transco permission to start service on the first phase of the Hillabee project in June 2017. The commission issued a certificate to build the estimated $459.8 million Hillabee expansion in February 2016, along with authorizations for two other projects: the Enbridge Inc.-led Sabal Trail pipeline and NextEra Energy Inc.'s Florida Southeast Connection project. The three pieces of gas transportation infrastructure are part of the massive Southeast Market Pipelines project designed to carry up to 1.1 Bcf/d of gas from a connection with the Transco mainline in Alabama through Georgia and deep into Florida.

FERC issued a wave of orders Aug. 10, 2018, that upheld approvals for major interstate gas pipeline projects, including the Hillabee project. (FERC docket CP15-16, et al.)

The first phase of the Hillabee project created 818,400 Dth/d of gas transportation capacity and included pipeline and pipeline loop and a new 32,000-horsepower compressor facility in Choctaw County, Ala. Once the expansion is in full service, the project will provide about 1.13 million Dth/d in additional gas transportation capacity from the Transco system to the Sabal Trail pipeline in Tallapoosa County, Ala.