A unit of Williams is holding an open season from Sept. 26 to Oct. 29 to obtain shipper interest in a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would connect natural gas supplies originating from the Rockies to the growing major markets in the Northeast.
Williams expects its proposed Rockies Connector Pipeline would extend approximately 250 miles, connecting its Transco Station 195 in York County, Penn., to the eastern terminus of the Rockies Express, a pipeline in development by a consortium of third parties. As designed, the nearly 1,700-mile Rockies Express originates in the Piceance Basin in Rio Blanco County, Colo.
For its proposed Rockies Connector Pipeline, Williams will determine the capacity, scope and cost based on the results of this open season.
The company expects the pipeline would provide the capacity to transport approximately 688,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas, or enough energy to heat about three million homes. Firm transportation service is anticipated to be available by November 2010.
"The Rockies Connector Pipeline would provide a vital link to connect the Rocky Mountain supply basins with existing infrastructure currently serving the natural gas demand in the Northeast," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. "We believe the size of our proposed Rockies Connector Pipeline is appropriate for the expected market commitment," Wright said, "and would be in service at the right time to serve customer needs.
"Additionally, the proposed Rockies Connector Pipeline will help alleviate the infrastructure constraints in the Rockies, extend the reach of natural gas from those basins and bring supply diversity to some of the nation's largest markets in the Northeast," Wright said.
Williams' Transco pipeline system delivers about half of the natural gas consumed in New York City, as well as serving other East Coast markets. Natural gas delivered via the Rockies Connector Pipeline would be available to Transco shippers and other interstate pipelines serving the Northeast. Williams' Transco system stretches from the prolific Gulf Coast up the Eastern Seaboard to serve major markets in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
The proposed Rockies Connector Pipeline will be subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other agencies. For customer inquiries, contact Gary Duvall at (713) 215-2589.
Williams, through its subsidiaries, primarily finds, produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas. The company also manages a wholesale power business. Williams' operations are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Gulf Coast, southern California and Eastern Seaboard.