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FERC APPROVES MAJOR EXPANSION AND ROLLED-IN RATES FOR NORTHWEST PIPELINE

 FERC APPROVES MAJOR EXPANSION AND ROLLED-IN RATES
 FOR NORTHWEST PIPELINE
 SALT LAKE CITY, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction of a $373 million expansion of Northwest Pipeline Corp.'s mainline natural gas transmission system has been given final approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 The FERC issued the order and certificate Friday afternoon in Washington. The order authorizes Northwest's request for a single rolled-in rate, which includes the cost of existing plus expanded facilities.
 "This project is good evidence of the strength of the economy in the Pacific Northwest, and of the growing use of natural gas because of reliability, economic and environmental factors," said Robert W. Keener, president of Northwest Pipeline.
 "We are pleased that this timely action by the FERC will enable us to expand our system to meet the increasing needs of our customers," he said, noting that signed, 15-year contracts are in place supporting the additional capacity.
 Northwest Pipeline plans to place some portions of the expansion in service later this year. Keener said the project should be fully completed in the second quarter of next year.
 Construction is expected to start in mid-July after various permits are obtained from federal, state and local agencies.
 The 3,500 mile mainline system, which accesses natural gas supplies in the San Juan Basin, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada, will be expanded approximately 25 percent to ship an additional 433 million cubic feet per day. Its present capacity is 2 billion cubic feet per day.
 Construction will occur in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The expansion will consist of 377 miles of new pipeline. It also includes adding 114,035 horsepower using 23 compressor units at 10 new and seven existing compressor sites.
 The project will employ approximately 2,500 people who will work on seven pipeline construction spreads and the compressor facilities.
 Northwest Pipeline is one of The Williams Cos. Inc. (NYSE: WMB). Williams, listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMB, provides pipeline transportation of natural gas and petroleum products and nationwide digital telecommunications.
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 /CONTACT: Susan O. Flaim of Northwest Pipeline, 801-584-7077/
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