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Western Frontier Pipe Gets Rave Reviews

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 pipeline.

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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