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Williams Partners LP is expanding a portion of the Transco pipeline system in Cameron Parish, La., to connect a liquid natural gas terminal with Marcellus Shale supplies.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams that handles the pipeline, has plans to build Gulf Trace, a 1.2 million dekatherm per day expansion of the line. The expansion will serve the Cheniere Energy Partners' Sabine Pass Liquification project.

A dekatherm is a little less than 1,000 cubic feet, enough to heat and fuel an average home for four days, according to the American Gas Association.

"Gulf Trace is a pivotal project at an extremely important time for Transco and the U.S. natural gas industry as a whole," Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners' Atlantic-Gulf operating area, said in a news release. "Gulf Trace is designed to ensure we continue to serve our existing customers who rely on natural gas from the Gulf Coast, while adding a very large, long-term market commitment in an area of Transco's system that is seeing decreased utilization due to changing gas supply patterns in the United States."

Representatives from Williams have been meeting with officials in Lebanon and Lancaster counties to discuss the Atlantic Sunrise project. That line would connect gas drillers in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania to the Transco line, which crosses through Lancaster and York counties on its way between New York City and the Gulf Coast.

In related news, Williams also announced it was halting investments in the Bluegrass Pipeline because of too few firm customer commitments. Working with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP, the line was to run through parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Joseph Deinlein

Joseph Deinlein

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