Williams is partnering with PennEnergy Resources LLC to market and deliver certified natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to meet growing demand in the United States and beyond.


Through its Sequent business unit, purchased from Southern Co. in 2021, Williams is building a marketing portfolio to sell the low-carbon natural gas to utilities, LNG export facilities and other clean energy users. Sequent was among North America’s largest natural gas marketers by sales volumes, and now Williams secures a top spot. It ranked No. 7 on NGI’s first-quarter ranking of top North America natural gas marketers.

The PennEnergy gas supplies included in the agreement would come from the company’s 378 production wells in southwest Pennsylvania that have achieved Project Canary’s TrustWell certification. Every well pad inspected achieved platinum status, the highest rating available, according to PennEnergy. The certification covers operational, environmental, social, and governance data points on a per-well and midstream asset basis.

Earlier this year, the Appalachia-based exploration and production (E&P) company said it had deployed monitoring units to detect and measure methane and other emissions in real time. Focused on the Marcellus and Utica shales and Upper Devonian formation, PennEnergy’s operations span three Southwest Pennsylvania counties.

Williams’ Chad Zamarin, senior vice president of Corporate Strategic Development, said the partnership with PennEnergy builds on its multifaceted strategy to grow the delivery of “next-gen gas” to markets across the United States and overseas.

“With our large-scale gathering and processing footprint in the best U.S. production basins, our connectivity to the nation’s biggest natural gas customers and our industry-leading Sequent marketing platform, we are extremely well-positioned to facilitate the efficient gathering, marketing and transportation of responsibly sourced natural gas,” he said.

Williams management earlier this month said demand for U.S. liquefied natural gas has mounted this summer amid robust cooling demand in Europe and Asia. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amplified the call on the super-chilled fuel as the continent works to wean itself off Kremlin gas supplies.

Consumption “continues to increase in the face of higher natural gas prices, which speaks to the continued inelastic demand for natural gas, both here and abroad,” CEO Alan Armstrong said during the second quarter 2022 earnings call.

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PennEnergy CEO Rich Weber added, “PennEnergy welcomes higher standards in the marketplace, which play to our strengths, highlighting our dedication and investments made over many years to ensure the safety of our employees, the community and the environment.”

The E&P is one of several that have pursued gas production certification, including Chesapeake Energy Corp., PureWest Energy LLC, Vermilion Energy Inc. and EQT Corp. and Seneca Resources Corp.