Williams Partners has started construction of two new compressor stations in Wyoming and Columbia counties, PA, part of the Atlantic Sunrise project, which received final approval after a three-year permitting process from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The $3 billion project will carry natural gas from Northeast Pennsylvania to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states, increasing deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day. Pipeline work is expected to start the week of September 25th, with full service expected in the middle of 2018. Construction on the mainline part of the project began in the spring of 2017, to help accommodate the bi-directional flow on the existing Transco pipeline.
“We are pleased to break ground on the greenfield component of this important project which will leverage existing energy infrastructure to deliver economic growth and help millions of Americans gain access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced clean-burning natural gas,” said Alan Armstrong, Williams’ president and chief executive officer. “We have worked diligently with stakeholders during this multi-year process to develop this project in a manner which not only meets, but often exceeds already high industry standards as reflected by the approval of state and federal permitting agencies following their lengthy and thorough review of this project.”
In Pennsylvania, ten counties will be affected directly by the construction, operation, and maintenance of the approximately 183 miles of new pipeline. The company has worked with regulators and permitting agencies in modifying the pipeline route in order to minimize environmental and landowner impacts, as well as to partner with the non-profit Conservation Fund to provide over $2.5 million for conservation projects within the project area.
According to a Penn State study, the Atlantic Sunrise project may directly employ approximately 2,300 employees in Pennsylvania and provide an estimated $1.6 billion increase in economic activity in the project area.
Information on the project can be found at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise.