Building pipeline station will bring jobs, tax monies

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Jan. 23, 2018 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2018 at 6 a.m.

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As many as 100 workers will be needed to make upgrades to a natural gas pipeline in Victoria County.

After recently receiving the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee's permission, Williams Partners, of Tulsa, Okla., will start building a compressor station in February, company spokesman Chris Stockton said.

The compressor station, which will be 4.3 miles north-northwest of Bloomington, will push gas that would otherwise be idle through the pipeline.

The pipeline, formally known as the Transcontinental Pipeline, stretches from South Texas to New York.

Fifty-seven miles are in Victoria County and have been operating since the 1950s, he said.

The Victoria County construction is part of Williams Partners' $200 million effort to increase the pipeline capacity in Texas and Louisiana to 475,000 dekatherms per day.

Other construction includes erecting a communications tower in Edna and building a compressor station in Wharton County, the latter of which had an active eagle nest nearby that FERC will require workers be 600 feet away from, records show.

Specifically, this construction will meet the demands of two liquefied natural gas expert terminals, one on the northern coast of Corpus Christi Bay and another on the coast of Freeport Bay, Stockton said.

The compressor station in Victoria County is expected to generate $417,000 in property taxes annually over its lifetime, he said. Williams Partners wants it to be operational by January 2019.

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This story was updated at 10:21 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2018.


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