Williams Partners Seeks FERC Approval to Expand Natural Gas Service to New York City

  Williams Partners Seeks FERC Approval to Expand Natural Gas Service to New
  York City

Business Wire

TULSA, Okla. -- January 7, 2013

Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) announced today that its Transco pipeline
has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
to provide another natural gas delivery point from its Transco pipeline to New
York City.

The Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is designed to provide approximately
647,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas delivery capacity to National Grid’s
gas distribution system in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, providing National
Grid with both supply flexibility and increased capacity to meet future
incremental demand growth. The project is proposed to be placed into service
during the second half of 2014.

“The project would create an additional delivery point from the existing
Transco system into National Grid’s distribution network, enhancing service
reliability and serving growth in the region,” said Frank Ferazzi, vice
president and general manager of Williams Partners’ Transco pipeline. “This
project is critical to provide the additional natural gas supplies New York
City needs, particularly as it strives to meet federal environmental standards
and its own ambitious clean energy goals identified in its PlaNYC 2030.”

The proposed 3.2-mile 26-inch lateral would consist of approximately 2.9 miles
of offshore pipeline and approximately 0.3 miles of onshore pipeline. The
preferred route avoids residential, commercial and sensitive environmental
areas. The sea to shore portion of the pipeline (approximately one mile) would
be constructed using subsurface directional drilling technology, allowing
Williams to avoid all impacts to the beach and near-shore areas, as well as
onshore portions of Jacob Riis Park.

If approved by FERC, construction could begin in late 2013. The capital cost
of the project is estimated to be $182 million.

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:
Chris Stockton, 713-215-2010
or
Investor Contacts:
John Porter, 918-573-0797
or
Sharna Reingold, 918-573-2078
 
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