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FERC considers Transco pipeline expansion to National Grid

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Williams Partners L.P., a diversified master limited partnership which owns interests in three pipelines delivering 14 percent of U.S. natural gas, has filed an application with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to provide another natural gas delivery point from its Transco pipeline to National Grid's distribution network.

The Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project will provide approximately 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas delivery capacity per day to National Grid's gas distribution system, providing National Grid with both supply flexibility and increased capacity to meet future incremental demand growth. Further, the project will provide the additional natural gas supplies needed by New York City to meet federal environmental standards and its own clean energy goals identified in its PlaNYC 2030.

The proposed 3.2-mile 26-inch lateral would consist of approximately 2.9 miles of offshore pipeline and approximately 0.3 miles of onshore pipeline. If approved, the project, estimated to cost $182 million, should be in service at some point during the second half of 2014.

Last month, Williams applied for a $298 million Transco natural gas pipeline expansion in Virginia and North Carolina scheduled for service by 2015.

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