The FERC pre-filing process is a collaborative process, and one of the first opportunities that interested parties have to learn more about the project is during our open house meetings. These meetings are designed to facilitate a dialogue between the landowner and the pipeline company, allowing the landowner to point out information or express feedback that can ultimately affect the pipeline route. It is also a chance for the Williams team to gather additional information on potential issues that may exist within the study corridor so that we can identify solutions to those issues in our pipeline design. To date, such feedback has resulted in changes to more than 30 percent of the original pipeline alignment.
Williams’ Transco pipeline network transports 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. For decades the majority of that gas originated in the Gulf of Mexico, but today an increasing amount of that gas is coming from Pennsylvania.
Once the Atlantic Sunrise project is placed into service, it will extend the reach of our existing Transco infrastructure so that natural gas consumers all along the East Coast (local distribution companies, manufacturers, power plants, etc.) will have direct access to Marcellus supply originating in northeast Pennsylvania. This is highly sought after because natural gas sourced from this Marcellus supply area trades at a lower cost than natural gas originating from other basins (such as the Gulf of Mexico and Canada).