Williams Partners LP's Northwest Pipeline GP is holding an open season through Aug. 11 for its Opal Market Link project.

Shippers are able to contract for long-term firm transportation to move unprocessed gas from the Uinta Basin in Utah to the Opal Hub, Williams Partners said. Williams Partners owns the Opal gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming, which offers more than 5 Bcf/d of interstate pipeline takeaway capacity to markets across the United States.

The proposed Opal Market Link would include construction of up to 145 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline originating near Vernal, UT, and extending north to the Opal Hub in Lincoln County, WY. Williams is also offering gathering service in the Uinta Basin to interconnect with the Opal Market Link project, as well as gas processing services at the Opal plant.

Initial capacity of the Opal Market Link is planned to be about 400,000 Dth/d, which can be increased through compression or larger diameter pipe.

"Natural gas production in the Uinta Basin has significant growth potential," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' gas pipeline business. "The project will provide producers with low-cost transportation service and access to a vast array of natural gas and natural gas liquids markets."

Service on Opal Market Link could be available as early as November 2013. For information, contact John Davis at (801) 584-6852, or Hank Henrie at (801) 584-6625.

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