Energy & Infrastructure

Georgia pipeline project reaches major milestone

Staff Reports

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a Williams proposal to expand the existing Transco pipeline to provide additional natural gas service to utility companies and a municipal entity in northwest Georgia.

The Dalton Expansion Project will  deliver natural gas to an existing electric generating facility in northern Georgia operated by Oglethorpe Power Corp., local distribution company Atlanta Gas Light, as well as the City of Cartersville.

The proposed project consists of 115 miles of new steel pipe ranging from 16 to 30 inches in diameter extending from the existing Transco pipeline in Coweta County, Georgia, to new delivery points in Paulding and Murray Counties, Georgia. The pipeline is being designed to transport approximately 448,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day (enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of about 2 million homes).

In addition, as part of the project, Williams is proposing to construct a new compressor facility in Carroll County, Georgia, as well as three new metering facilities and other related pipe and valve modifications to existing facilities.

The Transco pipeline has reliably served Georgia for more than 60 years, delivering about one-third of all of the natural gas consumed in the state. The Transco pipeline provides service to major local distribution companies such as Atlanta Gas Light — the largest natural gas distribution company in the Southeast. The Transco pipeline system includes about 700 miles of pipe in Georgia and four existing compressor facilities.

Construction on the Dalton Expansion Project is planned to begin in third-quarter 2016 with completion targeted for 2017. The project is part of Williams Partners’ 2016 growth capital funding plan that includes $1.3 billion for Transco expansions and other interstate pipeline growth projects.

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