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Transco's Atlantic Sunrise gets OK to start service at compressor facilities

Federal regulators granted Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC authorization to begin service on certain facilities on its 1.7-Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project that would provide 150 MMcf/d of incremental capacity.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Transco leave to start up modified compression facilities that will allow bidirectional flow on its existing pipeline system. The authorization covers facilities at compressor stations 190, 170 and 145 in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina and facilities at the mainline B regulator at Compressor Station 160 in North Carolina, according to a May 15 filing.

FERC staff found that the Williams Partners LP company's request is in compliance with environmental conditions in its February 2017 certificate order for the project. "Based on Transco's recent construction status reports and our third-party compliance monitor field inspections, restoration at the approved facility locations is progressing satisfactorily," FERC said.

The entire $3 billion expansion project also includes construction of an additional 200 miles of new pipeline and two new compressor stations to deliver Marcellus Shale gas to the Transco mainline and then to eastern U.S. markets. It is expected to begin service in the second half. (FERC docket CP15-138)