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Williams announces key FERC milestone

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Williams Partners has announced that it has reached a key regulatory milestone towards obtaining federal approval to construct its proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion project.

On 30 December, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project. The FERC concluded that the environmental impacts of the project would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by both the company and FERC.

The proposed project is an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline, which will connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern US.

This recent conclusion made by the FERC is a key step towards its final decision on the project, which is expected in early 2017. Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams Partners expects construction of the mainline portion of the project facilities to commence in mid 2017.

“The final EIS underscores our collaborative efforts to design the Atlantic Sunrise project in a manner that minimises environmental impacts, while fulfilling the critical need of connecting consumers all along the east coast with abundant, cost-effective Pennsylvania natural gas supplies by leveraging our existing Transco pipeline infrastructure,” said Rory Miller, Senior Vice President of Williams Partners’ Atlantic Gulf operating area.

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