Williams Partners seeks Transco Pipeline expansion to NYC

Williams Partners LP is seeking federal approval for an $182 million expansion of its Transco Pipeline to New York City, the Tulsa-based natural gas infrastructure company announced Monday.

The Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project would move about 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to National Grid’s distribution system in the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs of the city, according to reports. Construction on the pipeline expansion, once approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, would begin late this year with service expected by the second half of 2014.

“The project would create an additional delivery point from the existing Transco system into National Grid’s distribution network, enhancing service reliability and serving growth in the region,” Frank Ferazzi, general manager of the Transco system, said in a statement.

“This project is critical to providing the additional natural gas supplies New York City needs.”

The 26-inch diameter Rockaway delivery project would include 2.9 miles of offshore and 0.3 miles of onshore pipeline.

Williams would utilize subsurface directional drilling in the sea-to-shore portion of the pipeline to avoid impacts to beaches and near-shore areas.

Last month, Williams Partners announced it would seek federal approval for a Transco natural gas pipeline expansion in Virginia and North Carolina.

The $298 million Virginia Southside Expansion, scheduled for service by 2015, would move 270,000 dekatherms of natural gas to the nearby markets.

The Transco Pipeline is a 10,500-mile interstate system bringing natural gas from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast. The system moves about 9.7 million dekatherms per day, with a dekatherm being equivalent to one million British thermal units of energy.

SOURCE: http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?subjectid=49&articleid=20130108_49_E1_Willia670452

U.S. Senate OKs continuation of Glacier natural gas pipeline

The U.S. Senate is giving its approval to a bill that ensures an aging pipeline will be able to continue operating as it passes through Glacier National Park.

The pipeline was first built by Montana Power in 1962 to provide natural gas from east of the Continental Divide to the Flathead Valley.

The line passes through a portion of the park and was initially constructed under a special use permit. However, in 1990 the Park Service decided it didn’t have the authority to issue new permits for the gas line.

That threatened the operation of the 118-mile line and gas supplied to 25,000 customers in the Kalispell area.

But under the provision of the bill co-sponsored by Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, the Park Service is given the authority to issue a permit to Northwestern Energy so it can provide regular maintenance on the pipeline.

“This bill cuts through red tape to keep Kalispell homes heated while protecting one of the most beautiful places on Earth,” Tester said. “Responsible maintenance of the pipeline will prevent accidents and help keep Glacier National Park the ‘Crown of the Continent.'”

SOURCE: http://www.ktvq.com/news/u-s-senate-oks-continuation-of-glacier-natural-gas-pipeline/

The World’s Longest Gas Pipeline – Operational

The world’s longest gas pipeline became operational in China as of December 30.

The China National Petroleum Corporation announced the last section of the west-to-east pipeline that stretches more than 5,400 miles was completed.

It is carrying natural gas from the central part of the country to Shanghai in the east and Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the south, crossing through 15 provincial regions.

China.org reported that the pipeline cost $22.5 billion dollars to build and will help bring power to 500 million people.

The pipeline will help China deliver energy to meet its increasing demands. China Daily reported the country’s electricity consumption continued to rise, growing 7.6 percent in November compared to the same month in 2011. October saw a 6.1 percent year-over-year rise, the article stated.