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Regional Energy Access to provide up to 1 million Dt/d of firm capacity

Operator Williams has been focused on high demand markets

Houston — Williams' Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line plans a further expansion to boost natural gas supplies to distribution companies and power generators in the US Northeast, the operator said Friday.

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Williams launched a binding open season through April 8 to secure shipper commitments for Regional Energy Access, which is being designed to provide up to 1 million Dt/d of firm transportation capacity to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other markets in the region.

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams has been streamlining its portfolio to focus on growth projects in high-return areas that deliver stable fixed-fees, primarily across the gas and NGLs sectors. In particular, it has been looking for opportunities to expand Transco, targeting demand centers along the East Coast.

The latest project will connect Marcellus gas supplies from receipt points along the Transco pipeline's Leidy Line in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to delivery points in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Station 210 Zone 6 Pool in Mercer County, New Jersey, the Lower Mud Run Road interconnect in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and along Transco's mainline to Station 200, Marcus Hook lateral and Trenton Woodbury lateral, Williams said.

The project is expected to include approximately 34 miles of pipeline looping and additional compression along existing Transco facilities.

Service is expected to be phased in. In its formal shipper solicitation, Williams said Regional Energy Access could be ready as early as November 2022 to provide firm transportation capacity to certain delivery points. Full year-round service is targeted to begin as early as May 2023.

Last month, when it released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018, Williams said it benefited from bringing online Transco's Atlantic Sunrise expansion and increasing gathering volumes in its US Northeast segment. That helped offset some of the negative trends in North Texas' Barnett shale in the fourth quarter.

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