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Williams Receives FERC Nod to Gulf Connector Expansion

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The Williams Companies, Inc. WMB recently received green signal from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the United States to commence full service on the Gulf Connector Expansion Project. This provided the company the opportunity to ship 475,000 dekatherm gas per day (Dt/d) through the Transco pipeline system in Texas and Louisiana.

The project is expected to support Cheniere Energy, Inc.’s LNG liquified natural gas export terminal at Corpus Christi bay and Freeport LNG’s terminal at Brazoria County, TX. Both Cheniere and Freeport have plans to bring their LNG export terminals in Texas online, in a bid to offer commercial services within 18 months. 

The approval from the FERC marks a significant landmark for Williams, as midstream asset developers in the United States are trying hard to connect their existing networks to the expanding natural gas export markets. The demand for liquified natural gas is expected to grow rapidly in 2019, as the search for cleaner energy sources is still on.

Williams expects the project to benefit producers in the United States, where natural gas is produced in abundance. Recent expansion work, including the installation of three new compressor stations in Wharton, Victoria and San Patricio counties, boosted shipping capacity along the Transco pipeline.

Price Performance

Tulsa, OK-based Williams has lost 30.6% in the past year compared with 20.7% fall of the industry it belongs to.

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Williams currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). If you are interested in the energy sector, you can opt for some better-ranked stocks as given below:

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