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WILLIAMS FIELD SERVICES EXPANDING COAL-SEAM GAS CAPACITY

 TULSA, Okla., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to increasing customer needs, Williams Field Services Group is expanding its coal-seam gas gathering and treating capacities in the San Juan Basin, the company announced today.
 "This latest expansion will be fully operational by Jan. 1, 1994," said Lloyd Hightower, Williams Field Services president. "It will increase nominal Manzanares coal-seam gas system capacity to 750 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMcfd) from the current 575."
 Hightower said work already is well under way on the expansion, which consists of pipeline, compression and gas treating facilities in northwestern New Mexico.
 Nearly all of the additional capacity already is underwritten by long-term contracts with major coal-seam gas producers currently being served by the company's Manzanares system.
 In addition to this latest expansion, Williams Field Services expects to increase its coal-seam gas gathering capacity during 1994, according to Hightower.
 "The 1994 expansion is expected to bring our total coal-seam system capacity to more than 850 MMcfd," Hightower said.
 The coal-seam gas drilling boom in the San Juan Basin began in 1988 in response to a federal tax-credit incentive and continues today because of higher natural gas prices and better than expected reservoir performance. Williams Field Services now estimates that up to 1 billion cubic feet per day of coal-seam gas eventually will move through its Manzanares system -- largely from existing wells.
 This year, Williams Field Services' Manzanares gathering system and its Milagro treating facility will handle more than 220 billion cubic feet of coal-seam gas produced in the San Juan Basin. Coal-seam gas gathered and treated by Williams Field Services is sent to markets via the Blanco, N.M., hub - serving several interstate and intrastate pipelines - and by direct connection with another interstate pipeline.
 Williams Field Services, one of the nation's largest gatherers and processors of natural gas, is one of The Williams Cos. Inc. (NYSE: WMB) Williams, listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMB, 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: Doug Hicks, media relations, 918-588-2046 or Linda Lawson, investor relations, 918-588-2087 both of Williams Field Services Group/
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