The Willbros Group, Inc. was awarded the construction contract for spreads three and four of the Fayetteville Express Pipeline (FEP).
The 185-mile natural gas pipeline will originate in Conway County, AR, continue eastward through White County, AR, and terminate at an interconnect with Trunkline Gas Co. in Panola County, MS. FEP will parallel existing utility corridors where possible to minimize impact to the environment, communities and landowners. FEP is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. Willbros’ scope of work includes 120 miles of 42-inch pipeline, beginning near Bald Knob, AR and ending at the Trunkline interconnection. The project is expected to begin construction in April for completion in October.
The remaining construction contracts have not yet been awarded.
Willbros’ President and CEO Randy Harl remarked, “This is a significant project resulting from the continuing development of the Fayetteville region. The FEP award improves 2010 visibility for our U.S. pipeline construction business, and we remain convinced that current favorable economics, combined with the benefits natural gas provides to the environment, will drive build-out of take-away capacity in areas such as the Fayetteville, Haynesville and Marcellus shales. We anticipate additional U.S. pipeline construction opportunities for Willbros as new infrastructure will be required to transport hydrocarbons to regions with growing demand.”