Energy & Infrastructure

Rock Springs Pipeline Lateral construction wrapping up

Staff Reports

Construction is wrapping up on a Williams natural gas pipeline lateral designed to fuel a new electric power generating facility in Cecil County, Md., by August 2016.

Construction began in September on the Rock Springs pipeline project, which involves the construction of an 11.2-mile pipeline lateral connecting Williams’ existing Transco natural gas pipeline to the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s Wildcat Point Generating Facility. The Wildcat Point facility is planned to generate approximately 1,000 megawatts, enough to power 390,000 homes in the region.

The 11.2 miles of new 20-inch diameter steel pipeline lateral is connecting the existing Transco pipeline in Lancaster County, Pa., with the Wildcat Point facility, approximately five miles from the Town of Rising Sun in Cecil County, Md. The pipeline project, which will transport approximately 192,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day, was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in March 2015.

The pipeline lateral has been installed. Right-of-way restoration work and cleanup remains ongoing. Associated work at the pipeline compressor and metering facility in Cecil County, Md., is on schedule to wrap up later this summer.