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Transco's 250,000-Dth/d Virginia Southside Expansion Project II gets FERC approval

FERC approved a Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC natural gasexpansion projectthat will provide 250,000 Dth/d of gas transportation service to for a new power plant.

The WilliamsPartners LP subsidiary accepted the FERC-issued certificate on July14. The authorization will allow Transco to construct and operate the VirginiaSouthside Expansion Project II. The project is expected to costapproximately $190.8 million.

The expansion project will include the Greensville lateral,which is about 4.19 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline; a 25,000-horsepowerelectric-driven compressor unit at Transco's compressor station in PrinceWilliam County, Va.; two 10,915-hp gas-driven compressor units, three bays ofcooling equipment and the re-wheeling of two existing compressor units at acompressor station in Pittsylvania County, Va.; a delivery meter station at theGreensville PowerStation at the terminus of the lateral in Greensville County, Va.;and other modifications to Transco facilities and stations.

FERC staff issued a positive on May 13. FERCissued the certificate order on July 7 with conditions. One of the conditionswas the requirement that the project must be completed by July 7, 2018.

The powerplant will be constructed by Virginia Power's affiliate underDominion ResourcesInc., VirginiaElectric and Power Co. Transco has a binding precedent agreementwith Virginia Power for the entire transportation capacity of the project.The 250,000 Dth/d of firm gas transportation service will include 165,000 Dth/dfrom a Transco Zone 6 pooling point on Transco's mainline in Mercer County,N.J., and 85,000 Dth/d from a Transco Zone 5 pooling point in PittsylvaniaCounty, Va. (CP15-118)