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Transco Opens Season for Alabama, Georgia Expansion

Transco Opens Season for Alabama, Georgia Expansion

Williams has announced an open season running now through Aug. 24 to sign up firm shippers for expansion of its Transco pipeline system running northeast from Station 85 across Alabama and Georgia to mainline delivery points in Zone 4 and ending just north of Atlanta, GA.

Response to the open season will determine the capacity of the SouthCoast project, which is expected to be in service by the 2000-2001 heating season. Besides the traditional heating market, the Transco expansion also will serve the growing gas-fired generation behind the summer A/C market. The added capacity also could feed shippers on the proposed Cumberland Gas Pipeline system connecting at Transco's station 125 and traveling north to a connection with an AGL Resources system near Chattanooga, TN. The Cumberland line is a partnership between subsidiaries of Williams and Atlanta Gas Light parent, AGL Resources.

The exact length of the expansion project will be decided by sign-ups. Williams intends to seek rolled-in rate treatment for the cost of the project and is expecting to file at FERC by year end. The current 100% load factor reservation rate is about 18/cents/dth/d.

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