Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Williams Natural Gas Pipeline Expanding

TULSA, Okla., Aug 18, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Williams (WMB:
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WMB 28.12, +0.03, +0.1%) announced today that that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a proposal to expand Williams' Transco natural gas pipeline to serve markets in the northeastern United States.
The Sentinel expansion project is designed to increase Transco's firm transportation capacity by 142,000 dekatherms per day. Phase 1 of the expansion will provide 40,000 dekatherms per day as early as Nov. 1, 2008, while Phase 2 will provide 102,000 dekatherms per day by Nov. 1, 2009.
"We appreciate the efforts of the FERC and other state and federal agencies in reviewing this application," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. "We are committed to continuing to work with the FERC, state and county permitting agencies and all of the stakeholders involved, to construct this project in a safe, responsible manner so that we can provide much-needed incremental natural gas capacity to this part of the country."
The proposal requires adding or replacing approximately 18 miles of pipe at various locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in addition to compressor facility modifications at Transco Station 195 in Delta, Pa.
Additional information about the project can be found online at http://www.williams.com/sentinel.
The Transco pipeline is a 10,500-mile pipeline system which transports natural gas to markets throughout the northeastern and southeastern United States. This expansion increases the total system capacity of the Transco pipeline to approximately 8.3 billion cubic feet per day.

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