FERC has given Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) the go-ahead to place into service the remaining facilities that are part of the first phase of its 225,000 Dth/d expansion of its system to serve growing natural gas markets in the Southeast region.

The Phase I project, which would add 95,000 Dth/d to the Transco system, is scheduled to begin service in September, said Transco spokesman Chris Stockton. Construction of Phase II, which would add 130,000 Dth/d, began in June and is expected to go into service in June 2013, he noted.

Transco has estimated the capital cost of the project at $217 million.

The Mid-South Expansion Project consists of five loops totaling 23 miles of new pipeline. The facilities in the first phase that were approved for service include three loops in Randolph County, AL; and Gaston County and Davidson County, NC, as well as modifications to existing compressor stations in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. according to a letter order issued Tuesday [CP11-18].

Transco said it has entered into binding precedent agreements for 100% of the incremental firm transportation service to be provided by the project (see Daily GPI, May 27, 2010).

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