Pipeline project to take Marcellus gas to Georgia advances

Electricity generators in Georgia will be using natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to power their plants.

Williams Partners, a pipeline operator based in Tulsa, Okla., said Thursday it received commitments from several shippers for 100 percent of the 448,000 dekatherms of firm transportation capacity under its Dalton Expansion project.

"The Dalton Expansion Project is one of six large-volume projects Transco is pursuing to connect approximately 3.4 million dekatherms of natural gas from surging supplies in the northeast to high-value growth markets in the southeast," said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners' Atlantic-Gulf operating area.

The 10,200-mile Transco system is the country’s largest-volume interstate natural gas pipeline system extending from South Texas to New York City.

The project involves the construction of a 106-mile pipeline that will connect Williams’ existing Transco gas pipeline to an electric generating facility in northern Georgia operated by Oglethorpe Power Corp. and a facility operated by Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Transco expects to spend $275 million total on the project. AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based energy services holding company, will own 50 percent of the Georgia pipeline.

Construction is planned to begin in April 2016 with completion targeted for 2017, subject to state and federal approvals.

Stephanie Ritenbaugh: 412-263-4910 or sritenbaugh@post-gazette.com

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