Williams Receives FERC Approval for 2007 Northeast Expansion

Williams announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a proposal to expand Williams' Transco natural gas pipeline to serve markets in the northeastern United States by November 2007.

The proposal, known as Williams' Leidy to Long Island Expansion Project, will provide the capacity to transport an additional 100,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to the region -- enough gas to serve about 440,000 homes per day.

"We appreciate the efforts of the FERC and other state and federal agencies in reviewing this application on a timely basis. We look forward to continuing to work with all of the stakeholders involved to continue to develop this project to provide much-needed incremental capacity to this part of the country," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' gas pipeline business.

The project will require expanding certain existing Transco pipeline facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This includes adding a total of 12 miles of 42-inch pipe, replacing about three miles of 42-inch pipe and adding a new compressor facility in Old Bridge, N.J.

Construction of the compressor station is scheduled to begin in January 2007, while pipeline construction is slated to begin in March 2007. The estimated project cost is approximately $121 million.

Williams, through its subsidiaries, primarily finds, produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas. The company also manages a wholesale power business. Williams' operations are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Gulf Coast, Southern California and Eastern Seaboard.