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NORTHWEST PIPELINE FILES SYSTEM EXPANSION PROJECT APPLICATION

 SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Pipeline Corp. (NWP) today filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting certificate authorization to expand its mainline natural gas transmission system by 258,488 million British Thermal Units per day (MMBtu/d).
 The proposed System Expansion II is in response to customer requests received during an open season that ended Jan. 15, 1993. System Expansion II is supported by 15-year contracts for firm transportation service with 26 shippers including local distribution companies, cogeneration projects and industrial users. System Expansion II will transport both Canadian and domestic natural gas and will increase NWP's total system capacity to approximately 2.8 trillion Btu/d, or 10 percent.
 "The demand for natural gas continues to grow in the Pacific Northwest market area, and Northwest Pipeline is pleased to respond to our customers' needs for additional capacity," said Bob Keener, president. "We have designed new facilities that will economically accommodate the contracted expansion services without compromising the flexibility or reliability of Northwest's existing system. Northwest is a market-responsive transporter of natural gas, and we are poised to capitalize on future growth in the Pacific Northwest."
 Following approval by the FERC, NWP plans to begin construction during the fourth quarter of 1994 and anticipates a completion and in- service date of fourth quarter 1995. The estimated cost of the expansion is $219 million. NWP will install 83 miles of new pipeline; add 80,396 horsepower of additional compression at two new and 12 existing compressor stations; add four new meter stations; and modify facilities at 18 existing compressor stations and 28 existing meter stations.
 System Expansion II will provide system-wide benefits to NWP's customers, and the project will also benefit the states and communities where it operates. Construction and capital expenditures will occur in four states including: Washington, $107 million; Oregon, $47 million; Idaho, $44 million; and Wyoming, $21 million.
 The filing for System Expansion II follows a separate filing NWP made with the FERC on Aug. 2 requesting authorization to expand NWP's mainline transmission system by 102,000 MMBtu/d for Northwest Natural Gas Co.
 NWP operates 3,950 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline that extend from Sumas, Wash., on the Canadian border to the San Juan Basin in northern New Mexico. The pipeline provides natural gas service to eight states in the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain region.
 Northwest Pipeline is a subsidiary of the Tulsa, Okla.-based The Williams Companies. Listed on the New York and Pacific Stock Exchanges under the symbol WMB, the company operates 27,000 miles of pipelines that transport natural gas and petroleum products; major natural gas gathering and processing facilities; and a national telecommunications company specializing in serving other carriers and businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Susan O. Flaim, manager of communications of Northwest Pipeline, 801-584-7077/
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