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.
Further, the project will be constructed in a manner that is adaptable to future renewable energy sources like clean hydrogen and RNG blending, thereby providing the necessary and critical infrastructure needed to meet clean energy demand for generations to come.
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.
The project is designed to increase natural gas transportation capacity by up to 829,000 dekatherms per day. Unlike other greenfield pipeline proposals, Regional Energy Access maximizes the use of existing energy infrastructure.
• New electric motor-driven compressor facility (Station 201) in Gloucester County, NJ
• 22.3 mile, 30-inch pipe lateral in Luzerne County, PA
• 13.8 mile, 42-inch pipe loop in Monroe County, PA
• 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
– Station 207 in Middlesex County, NJ
• Modifications at existing meter stations
|2020||Second Quarter||FERC pre-filing|
|2020||Second Quarter||Project open houses / public meetings|
|2021||First Quarter||Submit 7 (c) application to FERC|
|2022||Third Quarter||Proposed construction begins|
|2023||Fourth Quarter||Project placed into service|
Williams filed its 7(c) application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on March 26, 2021.
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