Williams Partners Receives FERC Approval to Provide Additional Natural Gas Service to Northeast

  Williams Partners Receives FERC Approval to Provide Additional Natural Gas
  Service to Northeast

Business Wire

TULSA, Okla. -- November 07, 2012

Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) announced today that the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a proposal to expand its Transco
natural gas pipeline to provide an additional 250,000 dekatherms of
incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to serve growing markets
in the Northeast by November 2013.

The Northeast Supply Link project is designed to expand the Transco Leidy Line
and Transco mainline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to transport domestic
supplies of natural gas to growing northeastern markets.

“The Northeast Supply Link Project leverages existing Transco pipeline
infrastructure to provide robust Northeastern markets with access to abundant
domestic natural gas supplies,” said Frank Ferazzi, vice president and general
manager of Williams Partners’ gas pipeline business, East region. “We
appreciate the FERC’s thorough review of this project and look forward to
providing our customers with additional access to clean energy.”

The expansion project will primarily consist of approximately 12 miles of new
pipe at various locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in addition to a new
25,000 horsepower compressor facility in Essex County, N.J., along with other
facility modifications.The capital cost of the project is estimated to be
$341 million.

The Northeast Supply Link expansion will provide incremental firm
transportation capacity from receipt points on the Leidy Line to New York City
and Transco’s Station 210 in New Jersey. Most of the new pipe will be
installed either entirely within or parallel to existing pipeline and utility
rights-of-way. The new Essex County compressor facility will be constructed on
land already owned by Williams. All other compression-related activities will
be performed entirely within existing compressor station facilities.

Compressor station construction is scheduled to begin in November 2012 with
pipeline construction following in the spring of 2013. The project is
scheduled to be placed into service in November 2013.

Earlier this year, Williams Partners announced the proposed Leidy Southeast
expansion project to provide firm transportation from various supply points
along Transco's Leidy Line to delivery points in the Southeast, ultimately
terminating at its Zone 4 Market Pool in Alabama. The target in-service date
for that project is December 2015.

The Transco pipeline is a 10,200-mile pipeline system which transports natural
gas to markets throughout the Northeastern and Southeastern United States. The
current system capacity is approximately 9.7 million dekatherms per day.

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 70 percent of Williams
Partners, including the general-partner interest. More information is
available at www.williamslp.com, where the partnership routinely posts
important information.

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.

Contact:

Williams Partners L.P.
Media Contact:
Julie Gentz, 918-573-3053
or
Investor Contacts:
John Porter, 918-573-0797
or
Sharna Reingold, 918-573-2078
 
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