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Williams: Gulf Connector project in service

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Williams announced on Friday that its Gulf Connector Project has been placed into full service, further connecting its Transco pipeline – the largest-volume interstate natural gas pipeline in the US – with global LNG markets.

The Gulf Connector Project expands the Transco pipeline’s delivery capacity by 475 million ft3/d, providing service to Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi liquefaction terminal and Freeport LNG Development, LP’s liquefaction project.

“Since 2017, Williams has now added more than two billion cubic feet per day of capacity to directly serve global LNG export facilities,” said Alan Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams. “Projects like Gulf Connector, which leverage existing gas pipeline infrastructure, make it possible to connect abundant domestic supply with emerging international markets, giving a boost to the US economy while helping meet the world’s increasing demand for clean energy.”

Williams is well-positioned to take advantage of the projected surge in LNG demand growth, as its Transco pipeline passes through every US state with an LNG export facility currently under construction. Natural gas demand to serve LNG export facilities along the Transco pipeline corridor is expected to grow by approximately 11 billion ft3/d by 2025.

Gulf Connector is Williams’ second project designed to serve Gulf Coast LNG terminals. In February 2017, Williams placed into service its Gulf Trace Project, providing 1.2 billion ft3/d to Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass Liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Train one of Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi liquefaction terminal began commissioning in August 2018 with completion estimated in 1Q19. The first three trains, in commissioning and under construction, will have a liquefaction capacity of 13.5 million tpy. Train one of Freeport LNG export terminal is expected to enter commercial operation in 3Q19. The Freeport facility has three liquefaction trains under construction with an export capacity of over 15 million tpy.

Transco is the nation’s largest-volume interstate natural gas pipeline system. It delivers natural gas to customers through its approximately 10 000 mile pipeline network whose mainline extends nearly 1800 miles between South Texas and New York City. The system is a major provider of cost effective natural gas services that reach US markets in 12 Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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