Northeast Supply Enhancement

Williams files draft resource reports with FERC for NESE Project

Staff Reports


Recently, Williams reached a significant milestone in the development of a pipeline project designed to increase natural gas deliveries to the northeastern United States for the 2019/2020 winter heating season.

On Nov. 22, 2016, Williams filed draft resource reports for the Northeast Supply Enhancement project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The draft submittal provides the FERC and other cooperating environmental agencies an opportunity to preview preliminary data and provide comments prior to the complete FERC Certificate Application submittal. Williams expects to submit its Certificate Application for the project to the FERC next spring.

The various draft environmental resource reports include a preliminary analysis of route alternatives, as well as an analysis of potential impacts to water resources, vegetation and wildlife, cultural resources, socioeconomics, soils, geology, land use, noise and air quality, and safety.

You can view the draft resource reports by clicking here. Please note that the reports are considered ‘drafts’ since much of the data analysis and project design is still underway.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project is a proposed expansion of the Transco pipeline designed to increase natural gas deliveries to National Grid by 400 million cubic feet per day (enough natural gas to serve the daily needs of about 2.3 million homes). Once complete, it will help provide affordable, clean and reliable energy to northeastern consumers, including the 1.8 million customers served by National Grid in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

The project is consistent and supports the objectives of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC, which set sweeping goals to further curb city emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Released in April 2015, OneNYC calls for “an increase in natural gas transmission and distribution to improve reliability and encourage conversion from highly polluting fuels.”