Pipeline project to boost natural gas producers

Williams Partners this week opened the next phase of its Transco pipeline, delivering natural gas to North Carolina and Georgia. This kind of project is essential for Oklahoma natural gas producers.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: June 13, 2013
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Tulsa-based Williams Partners this week completed a big upgrade to its Transco Pipeline in a move that has strong implications for all natural gas producers.

The Transco line is about 10,200 miles long, stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast to Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. The line touches or crosses 14 states as it moves 9.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

This week's upgrade adds a capacity of about 130 million cubic feet per day to spots in North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia, which mostly will be used to supply natural gas-fired power plants.

Williams Partners executives praised the project as a boost for the partnership.

“This expansion represents another milestone in our build-out of Transco, the nation's largest gas pipeline system and a significant platform for growth,” said Rory Miller, Williams Partners' senior vice president of the Atlantic Gulf region.

“We're executing on more than $1.5 billion in additional Transco expansion projects primarily to create efficient access between the prolific natural gas production areas in the Northeast U.S. to growing demand centers in numerous Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states.”

While the project is good news for the Tulsa-based pipeline company, it's also welcome news for natural gas producers throughout Oklahoma and the country.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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