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Transco tries to hurry FERC as clock ticks on best conditions to build Ga. gas project

TranscontinentalGas Pipe Line Co. LLC asked FERC to approve within days theDalton expansion projectin Georgia, hoping to take advantage of ideal construction conditions.

In a July 7 letter to FERC, Transco requested that thecommission issue authorization for the expansion project by July 13, whichwould allow construction during low-flow conditions at a nearby dam.

Further delay in receiving an order would jeopardize theWilliams Partners LPsubsidiary's ability to place the project in service on a timely basis,according to the FERC filing.

"In the coming months, the dam upstream of the crossinglocation will be open and water levels and velocity will significantlyincrease, making the crossing more environmentally impactful," ChristopherStockton, a spokesman for Transco, said in an interview with S&P GlobalMarket Intelligence.

Stockton added that crossing the Etowah River during currentlow-flow conditions with a wet open-cut method would allow an easier setup,with disturbed sediments traveling less far downstream.

In May, the U.S. EPA disputed FERC's draft environmental assessment of the project and specificallypointed to Transco's intention to use the wet open-cut method instead ofhorizontal directional drilling.

Project anchor customers — and —subscribed to most of the 448,000 Dth/d of new firm capacity for the project.The anchor customers have also submitted letters to FERC in support of theproject.

The timeline for the project has an in-service date of May1, 2017. (CP15-117)