Regional Energy Access

Overview

Williams is developing the Regional Energy Access expansion to enhance existing energy infrastructure and increase Northeast consumer access to clean, affordable natural gas.

The project is a proposed expansion of Williams’ existing infrastructure to provide greater access to cleaner, cost-effective energy to serve the Northeast region by the 2023-24 winter heating season. The project supports the broader goal of meeting the growing regional demand for cost-effective, clean, and reliable natural gas.

Environmental Benefit

The Regional Energy Access expansion has been designed to minimize environmental impacts by maximizing the use of existing Transco infrastructure and rights of way. The preliminary design of the project consists of additional compression and selected new loop segments along the existing Transco corridor.

Natural gas and the infrastructure that carries it is critical to achieving a clean energy future. Regional Energy Access will help ease supply constraints affecting customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, providing enough natural gas supply to serve approximately 3 million homes. Regional gas demand continues to rise as businesses and power plants convert to cleaner-burning gas to reduce emissions and meet clean air goals. More importantly, natural gas is a natural partner with renewables, empowering their growth to achieve an even cleaner energy future.

Facilities

The project is designed to increase natural gas transportation capacity by up to 760 million cubic feet per day. Unlike other greenfield pipeline proposals, Regional Energy Access maximizes the use of existing energy infrastructure.

  • Greenfield compressor facility (Station 201) in Gloucester County, NJ
  • 21.9 mile, 30-inch pipe lateral in Luzerne County, PA
  • 13.8 mile, 42-inch pipe loop in Monroe County, PA
  • Modifications at existing meter stations
  • Modifications to existing compressor facilities:
    • Station 505 in Somerset County, NJ
    • Station 515 in Luzerne County, PA
    • Station 195 in York County, PA
    • Station 200 in Chester County, PA

Maps
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Permitting

Williams plans to file its 7(c) application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the fourth quarter of 2020.  The application will contain a description of the facilities, project need, detailed maps, schedules, and various environmental reports.

Timeline
YearDateMilestone
2020Second QuarterFERC pre-filing
2020 Second Quarter Project open houses/public hearing
2020Fourth QuarterSubmit 7(c) application to FERC
2022 Fourth Quarter Proposed construction begins
2023Fourth QuarterProject placed into service
Contact

General questions related to the project can be directed to PipelineExpansion@williams.com

Media inquiries related to this project can be directed to Media@williams.com