TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Partners (NYSE:WPZ) has brought back into service two cryogenic
processing trains that were shut down last week when a fire occurred at
TXP-3, one of the five processing trains at the Opal, Wyo.
gas-processing facility. The two units now back in service, TXP-1 and
TXP-2, have a combined design processing capacity of 395 million cubic
feet of gas per day.
The two other units that were part of the shutdown, TXP-4 and TXP-5,
remain offline as the company works to take the necessary steps to bring
additional portions of the plant into service in a safe, systematic and
At the time of the incident, the Opal Gas-Processing Plant was
processing daily inlet volumes of approximately 1 billion cubic feet of
natural gas. The capacity of the TXP-1, -2, -4 and -5 plants totals 1.1
billion cubic feet of gas per day, which is sufficient to handle all of
the natural gas currently available to the facility. TXP-4 was idle at
the time of the fire, serving as excess capacity for the facility.
The initial visual assessment of damage indicates that the impact was
largely limited to a small area of the TXP-3 plant. Information from the
company's visual inspection of the damage area indicates that there was
a release of natural gas that was subsequently ignited. The company, in
coordination with regulatory agencies, is focusing the investigation on
the cause of the release and source of ignition.
The entire facility was put in immediate full shutdown when the fire
occurred at approximately 2 p.m. local time on April 23. There were no
reported injuries or damage to property outside the facility. The
plant's emergency procedures performed as designed.
The company has insurance, subject to retentions (deductibles), for
property damage and business interruption; it expects the coverage to
mitigate the financial effects of the incident.
The company is working to address the needs of customers whose business
is affected by the temporary shutdown of operations at the Opal facility.
About Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ)
Williams Partners L.P. is a leading diversified master limited
partnership focused on natural gas transportation; gathering, treating,
and processing; storage; natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil
transportation. The partnership owns interests in three major interstate
natural gas pipelines that, combined, deliver 14 percent of the natural
gas consumed in the United States. The partnership's gathering and
processing assets include large-scale operations in the U.S. Rocky
Mountains, both onshore and offshore along the Gulf of Mexico, and
Canada. Williams (NYSE:WMB) owns approximately 66 percent of Williams
Partners, including the general-partner interest. More information is
available at www.williamslp.com,
where the partnership routinely posts important information.
About Williams (NYSE:WMB)
Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North
America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas
pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than
10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company's
facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet
of natural gas, NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day and
domestic olefins production capacity of 1.35 billion pounds of ethylene
and 90 million pounds of propylene per year. Williams owns approximately
66 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ), one of the largest
diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns
most of Williams' interstate gas pipeline and midstream assets. Williams
also owns certain domestic olefins pipelines assets, as well as a
significant investment in Access
Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ACMP), a midstream natural gas
services provider. The company's headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. For
more information, visit www.williams.com,
where the company routinely posts important information.
Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements"
as defined by federal law. Although the partnership believes any such
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance
that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such
statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections
provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional
information about issues that could lead to material changes in
performance is contained in the partnership's annual reports filed with
the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Source: Williams Partners L.P.