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Williams receives FERC approval for Gateway Project

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World Pipelines,

Williams has reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorising the Gateway Expansion Project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to create 65 000 dth/d of firm transportation capacity for Northeastern markets.

The Gateway project helps meet growing natural gas demand by consumers in New Jersey and New York in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season, providing additional natural gas service to PSEG Power, LLC (PSEG) and UGI Energy Services, LLC.

“Natural gas is a critical, low-cost component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs and to help meet its aggressive clean air goals,” said Micheal Dunn, Chief Operating Officer of Williams. “Energy infrastructure upgrades like our Gateway Expansion project will help ensure consumers continue to benefit from clean, reliable and affordable energy.”

The project has been designed to minimise community and environmental impacts by maximising the utilisation of existing pipeline infrastructure. Virtually all of the project activities are within Transco’s existing rights of way and/or property boundaries. It includes adding electric horsepower at an existing Transco compressor station in Essex County, New Jersey, in addition to making modifications to two existing Transco meter stations in Passaic County and Essex County, New Jersey.

Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Gateway Expansion Project in the spring of 2019, with a target in-service date of 1 November 2020.

PSEG supplies its affiliate Public Service Electric & Gas Company, which is New Jersey's largest provider of electric and gas service – serving 2.2 million electric customers and 1.8 million gas customers. UGI Energy Services supplies and markets natural gas and electricity to 40 000 customers across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US.

Transco delivers natural gas to customers through its more than 10 000 mile pipeline network with a mainline extending 1800 miles from South Texas to 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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