After successfully completing a non-binding open season on Sept.21, for the Western Frontier project, Williams’ gas pipeline unitplans to hold a binding open season in the near future to gauge theexact market interest in the project that would transport gassupply from the Rockies to the mid-continent region.

“We are very pleased with the interest the market has shown inour Western Frontier Project. We continue to believe that WesternFrontier will be a cost-effective way to bring economically-pricedRockies supply into the mid-continent,” said Kim Cocklin, vicepresident of customer services and rates for Williams’ Central andTexas Gas pipeline systems.

The Western Frontier Project is expected to transport up to540,000 dth/d from the Cheyenne Hub to Williams’ Hugoton CompressorStation on the Central system in southwest Kansas and itsOklahoma-Hugoton pipeline.

The project would also have access to ANR Pipeline, PanhandleEastern Pipeline, Northern Natural Gas and Natural Gas Pipeline ofAmerica. Williams believes this project would be able to supply a”seamless transport at an incremental cost” to Oklahoma intrastatemarkets by way of the Central system. Through the Central system,customers would also be able to access storage including directlyowned and third party storage fields.

Williams expects Western Frontier’s rates to Hugoton to fall inthe mid-20 cents per dth. The company also expects a fuel rate ofless than 1%. Expected to be in service during November 2003, theproject will require the construction of almost 400 miles ofpipeline and the addition of 13,000 HP.

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