Williams Expands

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa based Williams announced today that its Transco pipeline is holding a non-binding open season from July 14 to Aug. 4, 2009, to obtain shipper commitments for an expansion designed to provide up to 150,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service to markets in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

The Mid-Atlantic Connector Expansion project is designed to provide service from an interconnection with East Tennessee Natural Gas in Rockingham County, N.C., to delivery points as far north as Transco's interconnect with Columbia Gas Transmission in Montgomery County, Md. The proposed in-service date for the expansion is Nov. 1, 2012.

"This expansion provides Transco the opportunity to meet growing demand requirements for clean-burning natural gas in its Mid-Atlantic market area," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. "It's another in a long line of Transco expansions timed and sized to meet the market needs."

The level of market interest will determine the cost and pipeline facilities required for the expansion.