Williams, a company that transports natural gas through pipelines, has announced an open season for firm transportation service on its Transco natural gas pipeline system to serve markets in the southeastern US.

New service from the Mobile Bay South project is anticipated to be available in the spring of 2010, subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval. The duration of the season is from October 17, to November 16, 2007.

Up to 700,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service will be offered on Transco’s Mobile Bay lateral from station 85 in Choctaw County, Alabama to an existing inter-connection with Gulfstream Natural Gas System in Mobile County. The final project size, scope of facilities and cost will be determined by the results of the open season.

Phil Wright, president of Williams’s natural gas pipeline business, said: This project will provide a timely and cost effective way to move increasing supply at our Station 85 to markets in the southeast. There is more than three billion cubic feet of upstream pipeline capacity proposed to connect to our Station 85 within the next several years, including Gulf South’s Southeast Expansion Project and Kinder Morgan’s MidContinent Express.

Plus our own Pascagoula Expansion Project is designed to bring almost 500 million cubic feet of supply to the region. Mobile Bay South is ideally situated to connect that supply to growing demand from local distribution companies and power generators in the southeast.