Williams CEO: Transco Pipeline will Double Capacity by 2017

Williams President & CEO, Alan Armstrong, addressed the Hart Energy’s annual Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference & Exhibition at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh yesterday. He said several interesting things, but the one that caught our attention was this: Williams is going to spend $5 billion expand their Transco methane pipeline. Transco runs from the Gulf Coast to New York. Armstrong said they will be adding more mainline to the Transco–making it longer, by about 9%. Which doesn’t seem like much, but it will nearly double the capacity of the entire pipeline. That’s a big hairy deal with lots of implications: More gas can get to market for consumers (bringing down prices for consumers), more gas can be shipped from drillers (more revenue for drillers), and more Marcellus gas will make it’s way into northeastern markets (great for drillers and landowners).

A summary of Armstrong’s speech:

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