Williams to Move Forward with Louisiana Natural Gas Project in Haynesville Basin

(Reuters) — U.S. energy company Williams Co. Inc. has reached a final investment decision (FID) to build its proposed Louisiana Energy Gateway (LEG) project to gather natural gas produced in the Haynesville shale basin, the company said on Wednesday.

The project is set to move 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gas to several Gulf Coast markets, including its Transco gas pipe from Texas to the U.S. Northeast, industrial consumers and LNG export plants.

Williams said it expects LEG to enter service in late 2024.

“The Louisiana Energy Gateway is a key component of our low carbon, wellhead to water strategy, proving up what an important role natural gas can play in reducing emissions, lowering costs and providing secure and reliable energy at home and around the world,” Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of Williams, said.

The Haynesville shale basin covers parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The company said the project should enable it to pursue additional market access projects, including development of carbon capture and storage infrastructure.

“LEG is also ideally positioned to incorporate carbon capture and storage as a further decarbonizing solution for natural gas production in the rapidly growing Haynesville basin,” Chad Zamarin, senior vice president of corporate strategic development for Williams, said in the company’s press release.

In March, Williams signed a memorandum of understanding with private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners to form a joint venture that will enable Quantum to become an equity investor and partner in the project.


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