Williams announces open season on Kern River pipeline

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 4, 2001 — A unit of Williams Tuesday announced that it is holding an open season on its Kern River natural gas pipeline system.

The open season seeks binding commitments for seasonal and year-round firm backhaul transportation service from Kern River’s new interconnect with Questar Pipeline’s ML No. 104 near Elberta, Utah to markets along the Wasatch Front upstream of the interconnect.

The new backhaul transportation service will be available on the joint in-service date of Questar Pipeline’s ML No. 104 and Kern River’s new Elberta receipt point, which is scheduled to be Nov. 1, 2001.

Shippers interested in firm backhaul transportation service must execute a Firm Backhaul Bid Form indicating the shipper’s commitment to accept, and Williams commitment to provide, firm backhaul transportation service. Shippers interested in multiple transportation packages must execute a bid form for each package.

To express an interest in backhaul service, shippers should contact Greg Snow at 801/584-7270 or Jeff Leishman at 801/584-6682 to obtain a copy of the Firm Backhaul Bid Form and a pro forma transportation agreement. Shippers must execute a completed bid form by Sept. 12, 2001. Williams will notify shippers of any allocation of capacity and submit transportation agreements by Sept. 18, 2001.

Final transportation agreements must be executed and submitted back to Kern River no later than Sept. 27, 2001.

With a system that spans the continental United States, Williams’ gas pipeline unit is one of the nation’s largest-volume transporters of natural gas. The company is based in Houston and has offices in Salt Lake City and Owensboro, Ky. The gas pipeline unit’s Kern River Gas Transmission operates a 922-mile system delivering Rocky Mountain and Canadian natural gas to markets in California, Nevada and Utah.

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