Western Frontier Pipe Gets Rave Reviews
After successfully completing a non-binding open season on Sept.
21, for the Western Frontier project, Williams' gas pipeline unit
plans to hold a binding open season in the near future to gauge the
exact market interest in the project that would transport gas
supply from the Rockies to the mid-continent region.
"We are very pleased with the interest the market has shown in
our Western Frontier Project. We continue to believe that Western
Frontier will be a cost-effective way to bring economically-priced
Rockies supply into the mid-continent," said Kim Cocklin, vice
president of customer services and rates for Williams' Central and
Texas Gas pipeline systems.
Western Frontier is expected to transport up to 540,000 Dth/d
from the Cheyenne Hub to Williams' Hugoton Compressor Station on
the Central system in southwest Kansas and its Oklahoma-Hugoton
The project would also have access to ANR Pipeline, Panhandle
Eastern Pipeline, Northern Natural Gas and Natural Gas Pipeline of
America. Williams believes this project would be able to supply a
"seamless transport at an incremental cost" to Oklahoma intrastate
markets by way of the Central system. Through the Central system,
customers would also be able to access storage including directly
owned and third party storage fields.
Williams expects Western Frontier's rates to Hugoton to fall in
the mid-20 cents per dth. The company also expects a fuel rate of
less than 1%. Expected to be in service during November 2003, the
project will require the construction of almost 400 miles of
pipeline and the addition of 13,000 HP.
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