$300 million pipeline expansion to serve liquefied natural gas exporter

Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams Partners and subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. will spend about $300 million to expand a pipeline that will supply natural gas to Cheniere Energy Partners’ Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas plant in Cameron Parish.

The Gulf Trace expansion will add 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas to the pipeline’s daily capacity. The expansion will allow Williams to serve its existing customers and Cheniere at the same time. The project includes a new 8-mile, 36-inch pipeline and two new compressor stations to send gas to Sabine Pass. The project is expected to be completed in early 2017.

The Sabine Pass LNG export facilities are under construction, with the first phase expected to be completed around the fourth quarter of 2015.

The Gulf Trace project will make Transco’s production area mainline and southwest Louisiana lateral systems bi-directional from Station 65 in St. Helena Parish to Cameron Parish. In addition to the pipeline reversal, a new, 8-mile 36-inch lateral pipeline and two new compressor stations are planned in order to provide firm transportation service to the Sabine Pass LNG facility.