With required federal and state permits in place, construction on the nearly $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise project began in September 2017 and is expected to last approximately 10 months. The project is scheduled to be placed into full service in mid-2018. Follow along to find out the latest on construction.
Four months into our construction schedule, we continue to make steady, safe and environmentally responsible progress despitefrigid temperatures. Our crews are busy with ongoing training, site preparation, pipe stringing and welding. Additionally, we haveinitiated six horizontal directional drills site preparations for specialized stream crossings across the project area
In December 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Williams’ request to begin construction on the 3-mile Chapman Loop (in Clinton County), and the 8.5-mile Unity Loop (in Lycoming County). Pipeline “loops” maximize the use of existing rights-of-wayby placing new pipeline facilities adjacent to existing pipelines. Construction of these facilities will begin in late January 2018 with contractor mobilization, training and site preparations.
Several construction crews took the initiative to support local organizations over the holiday season. We applaud their e orts to go above and beyond to brighten the holiday season for families in need across the project area.
How does weather affect the demand for energy?
In January 2018, the U.S. consumed a record amount of natural gas. Demand is at an all-time high, driven primarily by gas- red electric generation and the heating of homesand businesses. The recent frigid weather, combined with the fact that the Northeast’s current pipeline infrastructure is at capacity (and can’t move more energy than designed), is creating broad-ranging economic impacts for energy users. Pipeline projects such as Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise will provide relief to the region.