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Williams, Williams Partners Announce FERC Approval to Further Expand Pipeline Capacity to Deliver Natural Gas to Cheniere’s LNG Export Facility at Sabine Pass

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Williams (NYSE: WMB) and Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) announced today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved an application for Gulf Trace, a 1.2 million dekatherm per day expansion of the Transco pipeline system to serve the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) Sabine Pass Liquefaction project being developed in Cameron Parish, La. The Sabine Pass LNG export terminal will connect U.S. natural gas supplies with global LNG markets.

Transco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, has executed an agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, for the entire capacity of the Gulf Trace project.

The Sabine Pass export terminal is currently under construction and first LNG is expected in late 2015. Once complete, the Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal will be the first large-scale LNG export facility in operation in the United States, with six LNG trains and expected nominal production capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum. Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s project is supported by long-term contacts with several LNG off-take shippers and is expected to provide LNG for export to diverse markets overseas.

The Gulf Trace project is designed to make Transco’s production area mainline and southwest Louisiana lateral systems bi-directional from Station 65 in St. Helena Parish, La. to Cameron Parish, La. In addition to the pipeline reversal, a new, 7-mile 36-inch lateral pipeline, the expansion of an existing compressor station and a new greenfield compressor station are planned in order to provide firm...