Williams (WMB) and Brazos to Create JV in Delaware Basin

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The Williams Companies, Inc.WMB recently agreed to form a joint venture (JV) with Brazos Midstream, a private company in the Delaware Basin, which is part of the prolific Permian Basin. The JV will receive all of Williams' existing assets in the region, for which the company is expected to get 15% minority stake in the partnership in return. With Permian bottlenecks choking producers in the region, this deal will enable the JV to provide its clients with a wide range of services, easing the situation to some extent.

Assets Under the JV

Per the deal, Brazos will be the operator of gas gathering pipelines of 725 miles, having 260 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of gas processing capacity, crude oil gathering pipelines of 75 miles and crude storage of 75,000 barrels in the region. Moreover, the Comanche III natural gas processing plant, being built by Brazos with a capacity of 200 MMcf/d and expected to come online by the first quarter of 2019, is likely to boost the JV's total processing capacity to 460 MMcf/d in the region. The JV will have more than 500,000 dedicated acres from producers. The JV will also develop natural gas residue solutions to further benefit the producers in the basin.

William's Gain

The JV enhances Williams' exposure in the basin and equips its operations with increased capacity of processing. Along with the synergies, the JV is expected to unlock tremendous value for the company and enhance the quality of service it provides to its clients.

The move is also expected to improve the company's credit metrics without affecting its guidance. The company includes its Delaware Basin operations in the West segment, which delivered adjusted EBITDA of $424 million in the last reported quarter, nominally lower than $426 million recorded in the year-ago quarter.

Price Performance

Tulsa, OK-based Williams has lost 7.5% in the past year compared with 8.5% fall of the industry it belongs to.

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