Dalton pipeline project construction underway

img_5144Construction is underway on a $400 million project that will expand the existing Transco pipeline to provide additional natural gas service to utility companies and a municipal entity in northwest Georgia.

The Dalton Expansion Project will deliver natural gas to an existing electric generating facility in northern Georgia operated by Oglethorpe Power Corp., local distribution company Atlanta Gas Light, as well as the City of Cartersville.

Construction on the new 21,000 horsepower compressor station in Carroll County, Ga., broke ground in August 2016. During the past month the initial site prep work is nearly complete. Compressor foundations have been poured and pipe fabrication is underway.

Construction on the 115-mile pipeline lateral is also underway, kicking off this month with preparations initiated on the two pipeline contractor yards.

The Dalton project will includes the construction of a new steel pipe extending from the existing Transco pipeline in Coweta County, Georgia, to new delivery points in Paulding and Murray Counties, Georgia. The pipeline will transport approximately 448,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day (enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of about 2 million homes). The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The Transco pipeline has reliably served Georgia for more than 60 years, delivering about one-third of all of the natural gas consumed in the state. The Transco pipeline provides service to major local distribution companies such as Atlanta Gas Light — the largest natural gas distribution company in the Southeast. The Transco pipeline system includes about 700 miles of pipe in Georgia and four existing compressor facilities.

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