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Transco approved for Gulf Connector expansion project for LNG customers

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved natural gas compressor stations and other facilities that will make up Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC's 475,000-Dth/d Gulf Connector expansion project to bring more gas to two LNG export terminals on the Gulf Coast.

FERC issued a Natural Gas Act certificate to the project in a Nov. 21 order. The commission said the project would provide service to two customers without causing harm to existing customers on its system, communities in the area or the environment.

FERC staff gave the project a positive environmental review in September.

The project would allow Transco, a Williams Cos. Inc. company, to provide firm gas transportation service to Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC, developer of the Corpus Christi LNG export terminal, and Japan's Osaka Gas Trading and Export LLC, a customer of the Freeport LNG export terminal.

Transco proposed to build and operate the project to provide the service from its Station 65 Zone 3 pool in Louisiana southward on its mainline to proposed connections with Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP's Coastal Bend header in Wharton County, Texas, and Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline LP system in San Patricio County, Texas. The project will be built in two phases. The first will provide 75,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service with a target in-service date of Sept. 1, 2018, and the second will provide the additional 400,000 Dth/d by Jan. 1, 2019.

The project will consist of three new compressor stations, a new pipeline interconnect and modifications to two compressor stations in southeast Texas. (FERC docket CP16-494)