Williams Holds Trenton-Woodbury Loop Open Season

Williams kicked off its open season last week for shippers interested in annual firm transportation service produced by the Transco's Trenton-Woodbury Loop expansion project. the project is expected to be in service as early as fourth quarter 2002. The open season will run until 5 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 28.

The expansion of Transco pipeline system's Trenton-Woodbury Loop is intended to meet rising natural gas demand in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania The company said that the firm transportation service will be performed under Transco Rate Schedule FT and part 284 (G) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations. Interested shippers can subscribe to a minimum 10-year term for capacity on the Trenton-Woodbury Loop from Transco Compressor Station 210 in the company's Zone 6.

"Natural gas demand in the northeastern United States continues to climb," said Gary Lauderdale, senior vice president of Williams' Transco pipeline. "Much of this demand is being driven by the growth in the gas-fired power generation market in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Trenton-Woodbury Loop expansion project is another example of our commitment to serve the needs of this dynamic marketplace."

Williams said it plans to file the expansion project with FERC upon the close of the open season. The company will set the facilities, incremental capacity and rates once the open season has gauged the level of market commitment for the project.

For additional information regarding the Trenton-Woodbury Loop expansion project, contact Nancy Hargrove at 713-215-2926.

Alex Steis

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