Transco's SouthCoast Expansion Comes Online

The Transco pipeline system's capacity has increased by 204,099 Dth/d with the start-up of the SouthCoast Expansion project. The $108 million expansion provides additional firm transportation capacity to gas markets in Alabama and Georgia

The expansion loops 44 miles of pipeline and adds 31,500 hp of compression at stations in Rockford, AL, and Newnan, GA. The facilities add capacity to Transco's mainline from Station 85 in Butler, AL, to delivery points within zone four.

The expansion will serve Atlanta Gas Light, Georgia Power and a new power generation plant to be built by the South Carolina Public Service Authority. FERC approved the SouthCoast Expansion in May (see Daily GPI, Sept. 9).

Transco also has numerous other expansions on the drawing board. The 38-mile, 236,000 Dth/d Sundance project will loop the southern mainline in spring 2002. The 152 mile, 700,000 Dth/d MarketLink project will loop the Leidy line in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And the 125,000 Dth/d Cross Bay project will increase deliveries into New York City. The company cited robust economic growth and the subsequent development of gas-fired power generation facilities as the main force driving these expansions.

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