Pipeline company cancels Northeast gas project

By Carlos Anchondo | 05/08/2024 07:54 AM EDT

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project was intended to expand an existing gas pipeline system in three states.

A worker operates part of the Transcontinental pipeline system.

A worker operates part of the Transcontinental natural gas pipeline system owned by Williams Cos. Williams Cos.

An Oklahoma company has discarded plans to build a natural gas pipeline in a pocket of the northeastern U.S., allowing a certificate for the embattled project to expire last week.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project — approved by federal energy regulators in May 2019 — would have expanded Williams Cos.’ existing Transcontinental gas pipeline system in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York by about 37 miles.

The Transco system is a sprawling pipeline network that spans roughly 10,000 miles from south Texas to New York City. Under the 2019 order, Williams was supposed to have built and placed the Northeast project into service by May 2021, but it struggled after state-level water permit denials. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a two-year time extension in May 2021.


In January, the independent agency gave Oklahoma-based Williams until May 3, 2024, to construct and place the project into service.