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FERC approves pipeline expansion to deliver more gas to Sabine Pass

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Williams and Williams Partners LP have announced that an application for Gulf Trace – 1.2 dekatherm/d expansion project of the Transco pipeline system – has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Subject to approval from all remaining bodies, the target in-service date is the first quarter of 2017.

Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, and has made an agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC for the Gulf Trace project’s total capacity.

The pipeline will serve the Sabine Pass Liquefaction project, which is owned by Cheniere Energy Partners and is located in Cameron Parish, US. The Sabine Pass project is an LNG export terminal, which will export US LNG to global markets. It is scheduled to be completed by late 2015, and will have an estimated capacity of 27 million tpy.

The Gulf Trace project will allow Transco’s production area mainline and southwest Louisiana lateral systems to be bidirectional, going from Station 65 in St. Helena Parish to Cameron Parish. Furthermore, the current compressor station will be expanded, whilst an entirely new Greenfield compressor station and a new, 7 mile 36 in. lateral pipeline are being planned.

Gulf Trace comes as part of US$5.1 billion worth of transmission growth projects currently being undertaken by Williams Partners. Williams Partners is currently executing 15 projects in 10 eastern US states in order to meet the growing demand for natural gas power generation, industrial and local distribution customers. Transco’s system capacity will be increased by more than 57% once all of these projects have been completed.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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