FERC Grants Dalton Expansion Permission to Begin Flowing Gas

In March 2015, Williams announced that its Transco pipeline subsidiary had filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Dalton Expansion Project, which will expand the Transco and flow more Marcellus Shale gas from New Jersey all the way to Mississippi, primarily for electric generation plants, but also for local natural gas distribution by utilities (see Williams Files with FERC to Expand Transco Pipeline from NJ to MS). Most of the Dalton project will be built in, and benefit, the State of Georgia, by delivering natural gas to an existing electric generating facility in northern Georgia operated by Oglethorpe Power Corp., delivering gas for local distribution company Atlanta Gas Light, and delivering gas for the City of Cartersville. Transco has customers signed up under binding contracts for 100% of the Dalton Expansion Project, which will increase Transco’s capacity by 448,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas. FERC approved the Dalton Project last summer (see Marcellus/Utica Gas Heading to Georgia via FERC-Approved Pipeline). In February of this year, antis tried to use a creative new way to stop construction. They noticed that some of the pipe being used came from Greece, so they’re asking FERC to stop the project because it doesn’t use American-made pipeline (see Antis Ask FERC to Block Dalton Expansion Project, Using Greek Pipe). Nice try, but no cigar. Construction is now done and this past week the extra gas began flowing through the now-completed project. On Tuesday, FERC OK’d up to an extra 208,000 dekatherms (equivalent of 208 million cubic feet) of natgas to begin flowing. On Wednesday, FERC authorized the rest, another 240,000 dekatherms. The full 448,000 dekatherms of extra Marcellus/Utica fracked gas now flows south, all the way to Mississippi…

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