Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Approved by FERC for Construction

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP announced today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate order approving an application to construct and operate the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a 234-mile, 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline.

The FERC has also authorized the Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP to site, construct and operate the Jordan Cove Energy LNG terminal. Combined, the proposed Jordan Cove - Pacific Connector project is designed to import and transport up to 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Coos Bay to Malin, Ore. The project will provide an additional source of natural gas supply to markets in the Pacific Northwest, northern California and northern Nevada.

"We appreciate the efforts of the FERC and other federal, state and local agencies in reviewing the application for the project," said Phil Wright, president of Williams' natural gas pipeline business. "We're committed to continuing to work with the FERC, federal, state and county permitting agencies and all of our stakeholders to build the project in a safe and reliable manner."

The order for the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector projects is available online at Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove originally filed their project applications with the FERC on Sept. 4, 2007. The project received a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) from the FERC on May 1, 2009.

The proposed Jordan Cove Energy project is a state-of-the-art LNG import terminal to be located in the International Port of Coos Bay in Oregon. When built, the facility will be capable of receiving LNG supplies from specially designed marine vessels and delivering natural gas through interconnecting pipelines to the Pacific Northwest and adjacent markets.

The Pacific Connector project includes interconnects to Williams' majority-owned Northwest Pipeline near Myrtle Creek, Ore., Avista Corporation's distribution system near Shady Cove, Ore., as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company's gas transmission system, Tuscarora Gas Transmission's system, and Gas Transmission Northwest's system, all located near Malin, Ore.


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