Small biz owners look forward to reaping benefits of Atlantic Sunrise project with WillShop app

For Bill Kelley Sr., the WillShop Local app from Williams is more than just a way to connect Atlantic Sunrise workers with local businesses: it’s symbolic of the company’s respect and dedication for the communities of which it is part.

“The fact that Williams cares enough about the local businesses to make the effort is something we have not seen,” Kelley, co-founder of Taylor Rental BX3 in Montrose, Pa. and Tunkhannock, Pa., said. “This is the first time in my career in this industry that I’ve seen an actual physical opportunity (like this) we can take advantage of.”

The app, available for Apple and Android devices, is designed to offer project contractors ease and convenience in finding local businesses that offer the materials and services they need. WillShop Local uses a phone’s location to allow project contractors to find the businesses closest to them, sortable by a variety of categories. Types of businesses and services found on WillShop Local include housing, construction, landscapers, restaurants and many more.

Atlantic Sunrise is an expansion of the Transco pipeline, which provides one-third of consumed natural gas in Pennsylvania. The expansion will alleviate energy bottlenecks in Pennsylvania, as an estimated 25 to 30 percent of Marcellus Shale wells do not have pipeline takeaway capacity. With the Atlantic Sunrise expansion, Williams will be able to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies to Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets.

The expansion will allow deliveries to increase 1.7 billion cubic feet daily — an ample supply to provide service to 7 million homes. Penn State University researchers forecast the project to directly and indirectly support 8,000 jobs in 10 Pennsylvania counties, resulting in an estimated $1.6 billion economic impact.

With such an enormous influx of economic activity, Kelley and other business owners are ready to take advantage of all that WillShop Local has to offer. “When you’re an outsider … and you’re unsure (about where to go), it’s a great tool for people to go and look into those things and get more information,” said Rich Rizzieri, vice president of Avon, N.Y.-based LMC Industrial Contractors.

Williams is encouraging local businesses in Atlantic Sunrise communities to sign up and have their business listed on WillShop Local. Business can sign up by clicking here. Project contractors can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android devices.

Williams: Greenfield construction underway on Atlantic Sunrise project

  • Required federal and state permits in place for all components of project construction

  • Milestone reflects culmination of rigorous, multiyear process with state, federal permitting agencies

  • Critical energy infrastructure projected to support 8,000 jobs, $1.6 billion economic impact in project area

TULSA, Okla. — Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) today reported that construction is officially underway in Pennsylvania on the greenfield portion of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

Conconstruction atlantic sunrisestruction broke ground in Pennsylvania Sept. 15, 2017, in Columbia and Wyoming counties as site preparation began for two new natural gas compressor facilities. Compressor Station 605 is a new 30,000-horsepower facility in Clinton Township (Wyoming County, Pa.), being constructed by VEC, Inc., while Compressor Station 610 is a new 40,000 horsepower facility in Orange Township (Columbia County, Pa.) being constructed by LMC Industrial Contractors, Inc. Construction began last spring on the mainline portion of the Atlantic Sunrise project designed to accommodate bi-directional flow on the existing Transco pipeline system. A portion of the capacity created by these mainline modifications was recently placed into service.

“We are pleased to break ground on the greenfield component of this important project which will leverage existing energy infrastructure to deliver economic growth and help millions of Americans gain access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced clean-burning natural gas,” said Alan Armstrong, Williams’ president and chief executive officer. “We have worked diligently with stakeholders during this multiyear process to develop this project in a manner which not only meets, but often exceeds already high industry standards as reflected by the approval of state and federal permitting agencies following their lengthy and thorough review of this project.”

Williams has worked closely with permitting agencies to minimize environmental and stakeholder impacts, making modifications to more than half of the original pipeline route. In addition, Williams has worked with local stakeholders to provide an additional $2.5 million for conservation projects located within the project area.

With all necessary permits and construction releases in place, Williams plans to begin pipeline construction in Pennsylvania as early as Sept. 25, 2017. Pipeline construction will consist of eight different construction spreads, six of which will be working concurrently in eight Pennsylvania counties. The 186-mile pipeline installation will be completed by four primary construction contractors (Henkels & McCoy, Inc., Latex Construction Company, Inc., Michels Corporation and Welded Construction).

“As we begin construction of the greenfield facilities, we are committed to installing this infrastructure in a safe, environmentally responsible manner and in full compliance with rigorous state and federal environmental permits and standards,” said Micheal Dunn, Williams’ executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our construction personnel are experienced, highly-qualified professionals who have undergone extensive training to ensure that this important project is installed safely and responsibly.”

Pipeline and compressor station construction is anticipated to last approximately 10 months, weather permitting. The nearly $3 billion project, which is designed to increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day, is scheduled to be placed into full service in mid-2018.

“Our union members have supported the Atlantic Sunrise project throughout the three-year permitting process and we are thrilled that construction is now underway. We can now make good on our promise to install this massive energy infrastructure project in a safe, responsible manner,” said Dave Horn, LECET business development, LiUNA. “This step forward shows that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is serious about job growth, expanding the manufacturing industry and providing families and businesses access to an abundant and affordable natural gas supply. This project will not only benefit the construction trades unions that will build this project, but will also provide direct economic benefits to communities in the project area and the Commonwealth.”

During peak construction periods, the project is anticipated to directly employ approximately 2,300 people in 10 Pennsylvania counties. In addition, the project could support an additional 6,000 jobs in related industries and generate up to $1.6 billion in economic activity, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

Williams is making it easy for its contractors to purchase goods and services from local businesses, last week launching a new mobile app – known as WillShop Local – to help connect construction personnel with local service providers.

Additional information about the Atlantic Sunrise project can be found at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise.

About Williams & Williams Partners

Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting U.S. natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams owns approximately 74 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ). Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain including gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas. www.williams.com

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Atlantic Sunrise secures another key permit

Following a thorough regulatory review, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) announced Friday it has issued an air quality plan approval for air emissions related to construction activities in Lancaster County for Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project.

“DEP thoroughly reviewed the application to ensure that temporary emissions during the construction phase of this project will be minimal and completely offset by reductions elsewhere,” PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a news release.



The plan approval authorizes the use of Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) to comply with the offset requirements of Pennsylvania law.

PA DEP issued the chapter 102 and 105 permits for the pipeline on August 31. The air quality plan was one of the final permits needed for pipeline construction in Lancaster County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still has to give Williams a notice to proceed with construction of the pipeline.

Williams Partners said Friday it expects to begin work on portions of the pipeline Sept. 20.

Natural gas is powering football

Cooler weather, shorter days and changing leaves — all signs of the approach of autumn and the return of football season. Countless Americans spend Friday evenings in high school stadiums, Saturday afternoons at college fields, and Sundays and Monday nights on the couch with friends and family cheering on their favorite teams, all while snacking on a variety of game-day foods.

But while pizza and chicken wings are great, they aren’t what make the game of football possible — it might be a surprise to learn that natural gas is responsible for much of what goes into America’s most popular sport.

Natural gas powers sports

From the jerseys players wear to the turf they run across, it’s all made possible through hydrocarbon byproducts of natural gas refinement. Even the ball itself has an interior “bladder” made of synthetic material derived from natural gas, making it possible to inflate the football (unless you’re possibly from New England).

Not only are the tools that make football possible made from natural gas, but stadiums are looking to this affordable fuel source as a more efficient replacement for other energy options. For example, Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, has invested in renewable energy sources, as well as a backup generator powered by natural gas, in an effort to become one of the first completely energy-self-sufficient stadiums.

Natural gas has shaped the sport we enjoy each fall and winter, and it continues to be a superior, reliable energy option in our modern world. Natural gas, and the increased energy infrastructure moving this important resource to markets, makes everyday life possible.  

Energy honors American workers this Labor Day

On the first Monday of September every year we hold a 24-hour tribute dedicated to American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation.

Labor Day is a reminder of the hardworking Americans who stood together for better conditions and progress. The American work ethic has been passed down throughout history, and the pride of a job well done has kept the workforce prospering for more than 100 years.

Energy’s impact on jobs

American workers are imperative to producing and delivering energy to meet the needs of American families and businesses.  Infrastructure projects like pipelines support jobs and economic growth and provide good-wage jobs for members of skilled labor organizations across the country.  In fact, the U.S. natural gas and oil industry supporting 10.3 million U.S. jobs to date.

LiUNA members attend a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hearing in support of the Atlantic Sunrise project.

It takes a multi-industry network, which creates even more jobs indirectly — 2.7 jobs for every direct job in the industry, to be exact. According to a report from consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, these jobs have added $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy and introduced more than $714 billion, or 6.7 percent, of total labor income.

Skilled labor from organizations such as the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Teamsters, Pipeliners, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and others are essential to the safe and efficient construction of new energy infrastructure.

American labor leaders see the build-out of new energy infrastructure, like the Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, as a way of continuing this tradition.

 

“As well-trained professionals who have worked on many projects, including pipelines, I want to clarify one thing: We too care deeply about the environment,” said Dave Horn, LECET representative, Mid-Atlantic LiUNA.

“We enjoy the outdoors and the beauty that’s around us. We also care about safely providing energy today and in the future and believe the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline can do just that. Growth in the energy industry can create steady, reliable careers for millions of men and women in our country and in this community. More specifically, pipeline work is a lifeline for good union jobs with family-supporting pay resulting in millions of dollars being reinvested back into the community and local businesses. We work on these projects; we have seen firsthand the economic benefits.”