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Williams receives FERC approval on Transco projects

HOUSTON, Dec. 18, 2002 — A unit of Williams announced Wednesday that it received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct an expansion and lateral on its Transco pipeline in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The pipeline expansion will increase firm transportation capacity by approximately 51,000 dekatherms per day to serve markets in the Northeast.

“We are pleased with the FERC’s approval of these projects. This will help meet the growing needs of traditional utility and residential customers, as well as a gas-fired power generation facility,” said Doug Whisenant, senior vice president of Williams’ natural gas pipeline business.

The Trenton Woodbury Expansion includes 7.17 miles of pipeline in Burlington and Mercer Counties, N.J. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2003, with an anticipated in-service date of November 2003.

The Fairless Delivery Lateral originates at Transco’s Trenton Woodbury line and extends 2.48 miles to a meter station in Bucks County, Pa. Construction of the lateral is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2003 and is scheduled to be in-service by August 2003.

Williams is the nation’s second largest interstate natural gas pipeline operator. Williams’ subsidiaries wholly own and operate 20,400 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline, comprised of the Transco, Northwest and Texas Gas systems.

About Williams
Williams moves, manages and markets a variety of energy products, including natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons, petroleum and electricity. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams’ operations span the energy value chain from wellhead to burner tip. Company information is available at www.williams.com .