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Williams PartnersLP highlighted the approval of TranscontinentalGas Pipe Line Co. LLC's Garden State expansion in an update on its progresson $1.3 billion of system expansions and other interstate natural gas pipeline .

FERC approvedthe Garden State project April 7.

"We expect our Transco system to deliver more than 17 Bcfper day by the end of 2017, which is double its 2010 capacity," Rory Miller,senior vice president of Williams Partners' Atlantic-Gulf operating area, said inan April 14 press release.

Transco's Garden State expansion project will deliver 180,000Dth/d of additional natural gas capacity for local distribution to customers inNew Jersey, routed to deliver gas from Transco's station in Mercer County, N.J.,to a new interconnection on its Trenton Woodbury Lateral in Burlington County, N.J.(CP15-89)

Other Transco projects have made progress, including the Hillabeeexpansion project, the Dalton expansion project and the Virginia Southside II expansionproject. The Hillabee expansion project is expected to begin constructionon its first phase in May 2016, with the first phase to be placed into service bythe second quarter of 2017. Upon completion of all three phases, this expansionwould bolster capacity to Florida by approximately 1.13 MMDth/d. The Hillabee expansionproject was approved by FERC on Feb. 2 and will cost an estimated $460 million.(CP15-16)

FERC staff issued a positive environmental review of the on March31, recommending that the commission approve the project with environmental andother conditions. The project would deliver about 448,000 Dth/d of natural gas alongthe Transco mainline, which runs from New Jersey to Mississippi, and would add a111-mile lateral pipeline to Murray County, Ga. The project is expected to be placedinto service in 2017. (CP15-117)

The Virginia Southside II expansion project is expected to receivean environmental assessmentby April 29. If approved, the project would deliver 250,000 Dth/d of firm transportationcapacity to a new lateral from Transco's Brunswick Lateral in Va. Williams Partnersestimated that the project will be in service during the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Atlantic Sunriseexpansion project recently met with delays when FERC said it would notissue a final environmental review for the project until October. The date falls months after Transco's originallyanticipated date for project approval. (CP15-138)

Other projects to enhance Williams Partners pipeline systemsinclude the Rock Springs lateral pipeline, Gulf Trace expansion project and .

Williams Partners said construction of the Rock Springs projectis nearly complete. The 11.2-mile-long lateral pipeline will deliver 192,000 Dth/dof gas to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative'santicipated power generating facility in Cecil County, Md., when it goes into service,which is planned for the third quarter of 2016.

The Gulf Trace project is also under construction, and once completeit will deliver about 1.2 MMDth/d of additional service to the Sabine Pass liquefactionproject in Cameron, La. The expansion project is expected to be in service by thefirst quarter of 2017.

FERC issued an environmental assessment for the New York Bayexpansion project earlier in April, and Williams Partners has planned to place theproject into service during the fourth quarter of 2017. The project would deliveranother 115 MMcf/d of gas into National Grid's distribution system.