Williams Completes 1st Phase of Sentinel Expansion Project

Williams has placed the first phase of its Sentinel expansion project on its Transco natural gas pipeline system into service, increasing firm transportation capacity into the northeastern U.S. by 40,000 dekatherms per day.

The Sentinel expansion project is being constructed in two phases. Phase 2 of the expansion will provide an additional 102,000 dekatherms per day and is expected to be placed into service by November 2009. The entire Sentinel expansion project is designed to increase Transco's firm transportation capacity by 142,000 dekatherms per day.

"This is a major milestone and we sincerely appreciate our customers' commitment to this project," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. "We look forward to placing the remaining portion of this much needed project into service and working with our customers to provide reliable natural gas service for the northeastern United States for years to come."

Phase 1 construction has included the addition of approximately four miles of 42-inch pipe in Northampton and Monroe counties, Pa., in addition to compressor station upgrades at Transco Station 195 in Delta, Pa. Phase 2 will include the addition or replacement of 14 miles of pipeline at various locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.