(NYSE: WPZ) today announced another significant milestone
in building large-scale infrastructure in the Marcellus
Shale with the start up of its Springville natural gas
The Springville pipeline connects Williams Partners'
growing gathering system in northeast Pennsylvania with its
Transco , initially moving 300 million cubic feet per day
(MMcf/d) of natural gas to the valuable Northeast markets.
The project is a key component of the partnership's
strategy to provide Marcellus producers with reliable and
connect them to key markets.
"The Springville system is part of our strategy to
offer natural gas producers in this part of the Marcellus
Shale independent, market-based solutions to gather
production and deliver it to the growing Northeast
markets," said , senior vice president of Midstream
for Williams Partners. "We expect to double the
initial takeaway capacity on Springville by the end of this
year by adding compression," Miller said.
"This project is a prime example of our intense focus
on expanding our services to meet our customers' demand
for reliable infrastructure services," Miller added.
The 33.5-mile, 24-inch Springville pipeline transports
natural gas from existing gathering system in Susquehanna
County, Pa., to its Transco interstate gas transmission
system in Luzerne County, Pa.
Williams Partners' Growing Scale in Marcellus Shale
Since mid-2009 Williams Partners has acquired two major
gathering systems in Pennsylvania and is in the process of
acquiring a third. It has been quickly working to expand
its operations in all areas.
, which includes the Springville pipeline, now covers three
counties - Susquehanna, Wyoming and Luzerne - and is
connected to three interstate market outlets - Tennessee
Gas Pipeline, Millennium Pipeline and Williams
Partners' Transco pipeline. At the close of 2011, the
company reached a new milestone moving more than 600 MMcf/d
of natural gas in this region of the Marcellus Shale.
to acquire the Laser Northeast Gathering System from Delphi
Midstream Partners, LLC, will further add to its scale in
northeastern Pennsylvania. The Laser Gathering System is
currently comprised of 33 miles of 16-inch natural gas
pipeline and associated gathering facilities
in Susquehanna County, Pa., as well as 10 miles of
gathering pipeline in southern New York. The acquisition,
which was announced on Dec. 22, 2010, is expected to close
in the first quarter.
Work also continues on the Laurel Mountain Midstream joint
venture in southwestern Pennsylvania. The system and the
partnership has been working to expand and upgrade the
system. It has added 110 miles of additional gathering
pipeline, and it expects another 50 miles to be added by
the end of the first quarter.
About Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ)
Williams Partners L.P. is a leading diversified master
limited partnership focused on natural gas transportation;
gathering, treating, and processing; storage; natural gas
liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil transportation. The
partnership owns interests in three major interstate
natural gas pipelines that, combined, deliver 14 percent of
the natural gas consumed in the United States. The
partnership's gathering and processing assets include
large-scale operations in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and both
onshore and offshore along the Gulf of Mexico. Williams
(NYSE: WMB) owns approximately 75 percent of Williams
Partners, including the general-partner interest. More
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Portions of this document may constitute
"forward-looking statements" as defined by
federal law. Although the partnership believes any such
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no
assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially
different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the
"safe harbor" protections provided under the
Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional
information about issues that could lead to material
changes in performance is contained in the
partnership's annual reports filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
Williams Partners L.P.
Jeff Pounds, 918-573-3332
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