Cabot gets glimpse of compression prototype


A recent cloudy and windy day in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, signaled the first real hints that cooler fall weather is upon us and here to stay. And though the sky was overcast, for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation leaders who were on hand to see the final stages of construction of Williams’ Potter Compressor Station (including CEO, Dan Dinges; CFO, Scott Schroeder; and board member, Rhys Best), it was clear that the future is very bright.

Williams Vice President of Engineering Services, Glenn Koch (second from left), provides an overview of Potter’s capabilities, differentiators and construction timeline.

That’s because Potter Compressor Station – a prototype of Williams’ new standardized compressor station model – is a key component of Genesis, a gathering system expansion that will be completed by the end of the year and help Cabot get more gas to new markets.

In addition to Potter, Genesis includes another nearby compressor station called MacNew (which is the second of the new standardized compressor stations being built by Williams), as well as about 60 miles of new and larger-diameter gathering and discharge lines.

Cabot CEO, Dan Dinges (second from left), and CFO, Scott Schroeder (right), discuss advantages of the new compressor station with Glenn Koch from Williams.

When Potter and MacNew go into service later this year, Genesis will:

  • Add about 700 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas compression capacity to the existing system that serves Cabot (going from the current capacity of 2.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) to 3 Bcf/d); with U.S. homes consuming an average of about 168 cubic feet of natural gas per day*, that’s enough capacity to meet the needs of more than 4 million U.S. homes
  • Provide approximately 850 MMcf/d of supply to Atlantic Sunrise, a major takeaway project by Williams to provide greater access to new markets (expected to be in service in the second half of 2018)
  • Improve overall system flexibility and reliability
Cabot Board Director, Rhys Best (right), gets a closer look at one of Potter’s compressors.

With Genesis quickly nearing completion and with construction of Atlantic Sunrise recently beginning, this is, indeed, a very exciting time for both Cabot and Williams. And to be sure, it’s also an exciting time for anyone else who benefits from locally produced, affordable natural gas that’s transported in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

*Source: American Gas Association, 2015


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