Williams’ Transco Pipeline Seeks Additional Commitments For Atlantic Access Pipeline

March 2012, Vol. 239 No. 3

Williams Partners L.P. is seeking binding commitments for the remaining capacity on Atlantic Access, a proposed expansion of its Transco interstate pipeline.

The project would significantly expand direct access for Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas to additional, growing U.S. markets by late 2014. The partnership has a binding precedent agreement from a shipper for half of the initial capacity.

Transco is holding an open season from Feb. 3 to April 2, 2012 to obtain binding shipper commitments for Atlantic Access. The project would connect natural gas supplies originating in western West Virginia and Pennsylvania to markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. The project is part of the partnership's strategy to provide natural gas and energy infrastructure to growing markets in North America.

Williams owns 74% of Williams Partners, including the general-partner interest.
The proposed Atlantic Access project is anticipated to transport up to 1.8 million Dth/d of natural gas. The company has already entered a binding precedent agreement with an anchor shipper for 900,000 Dth/d of capacity in the project.

The proposed project facilities include 350 miles of pipeline extending from Marshall County, WV and Butler County, PA to Williams' Transco compressor station 195 located in York County, PA. Williams' Transco interstate pipeline system stretches from the prolific Gulf Coast up the East Coast to serve major markets in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Customers subscribing to capacity on the project can choose from three separate paths originating from Marshall County, WV, Butler County, PA or Bergen County, NJ. Each of the three paths would transport gas southward on the existing Transco system to all points on the mainline and terminating in Transco rate zone 3 in Beauregard Parish, La.
For customer inquiries, contact Gary Duvall at (713) 215-2589.