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TENNECO-WILLIAMS JOINT VENTURE CELEBRATES START-UP OF LARGEST U.S. NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN PAST DECADE

 TENNECO-WILLIAMS JOINT VENTURE CELEBRATES START-UP OF
 LARGEST U.S. NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN PAST DECADE
 HOUSTON, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The 904-mile Kern River Gas Transmission Company pipeline -- the largest built in the United States in the past 10 years -- was formally commissioned today at Bakersfield, Calif.
 With a capacity of 700 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, the $984 million Kern River pipeline runs from Wyoming to Southern California. The project is a 50-50 joint venture of Houston-based Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TGT) and The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB), of Tulsa, Okla.
 "Kern River is a major new piece of business for us," said Michael H. Walsh, Tenneco's president and chief executive officer. "It is well situated to serve the expanding California market; it strengthens our premier natural gas transmission business; and we expect it to contribute significantly for


years to come."
 "This was a one-of-a-kind project from the very beginning because of the variety and enormity of the obstacles our employees faced," said Kern River President E. J. Holm. "In fact, some people said it could never be done."
 Sixty percent of the natural gas transported by Kern River is earmarked to help produce steam for enhanced oil recovery operations in Kern County, California. While Kern County holds 10 percent of the known crude oil reserves in the lower 48 states, most of that oil is too thick to be pumped from the ground until it is heated with steam.
 "I believe one of the major keys to our success was that we stayed very focused on the enhanced oil recovery markets as our anchor customer base," said Cuba Wadlington Jr., executive vice president of Kern River. "The project is a classic example of free market forces driving new pipeline capacity. Supply will find demand."
 In addition to enhanced oil recovery operations, Kern River will serve local distribution companies, co-generation facilities, and electric utilities.
 One of Kern River's customers, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), has hailed the completion of Kern River because it gives the electric utility supply flexibility and allows its four generating plants to burn natural gas rather than fuel oil.
 "This development has important implications for air quality because fuel oil creates more than twice as many air pollutants as natural gas when used to create electricity," said Eldon A. Cotton, the LADWP's assistant general manager.
 Williams Companies Inc. provides pipeline transportation of natural gas and petroleum products and nationwide digital telecommunications.
 Tenneco Inc. is a diversified industrial company with major business interests in natural gas pipelines, farm and construction equipment, shipbuilding, automotive parts, packaging, and chemicals and minerals.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Two color photos related to the construction of the Kern River pipeline are available via Wieck Photo DataBase to any newspaper or media outlet with telephoto receiver or electronic darkroom that can accept overhead transmissions. To electronically retrieve photo call 214-416-3686. To receive a full media kit, including a more- detailed news release, contact Megan Mastal at 713-757-2742.
 /CONTACT: Alan Dodd of Tenneco, 713-757-3875/
 (TGT WMB) CO: Tenneco Inc.; Williams Companies Inc. ST: Texas, Oklahoma IN: OIL SU:


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