NEW YORK, July 12 The owner of the
Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co LLC received approval on Friday
from federal energy regulators to startup a segment of a natural
gas pipeline expansion project this weekend.
Williams Cos Inc had requested approval to start the
new segment so it can reroute supply to customers while
performing some work on another segment.
The company had said in a June 28 filing that if it was
unable to place the pipeline section into service by the weekend
"existing delivery obligations could be negatively impacted."
On Thursday, a company spokesman said it would not take its
line out of service this weekend unless it received approval
from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to operate
the new segment.
A Williams spokesman was not immediately available for
comment on Friday and it was unclear whether the company would
begin the work this weekend.
The work is related to the Northeast Supply Link project, an
extension of the Transco line designed to transport around 250
million cubic feet per day of gas to markets in Pennsylvania,
New York and New Jersey.
The full 10,200-mile Transco pipeline has a capacity to
deliver some 9.8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from
the Gulf Coast to the Northeast.