Northwest Pipeline Seeks Shipper Interest In Opal Market Link Project

September 2010 Vol. 237 No. 9

Williams Partners L.P. announced Northwest Pipeline GP is launching an open season to seek interest from shippers to participate in its Opal Market Link project.

Shippers can contract for long-term firm transportation service to move unprocessed natural gas from the Uinta Basin in Utah to the Opal Hub. Williams owns the Opal gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming which provides shippers with access to over 5 Bcf/d of interstate pipeline take-away capacity.

Opal Market Link will include construction of up to 145 miles of 24-inch pipeline originating near Vernal, UT and extending north to the Opal Hub in Lincoln County, WY. Williams is also offering gathering service in the Uinta Basin to interconnect with the Opal Market Link project as well as gas processing services at the Opal plant.

The initial design capacity of the Opal Market Link is planned at 400,000 Dth/d which can be increased through compression or larger diameter pipe. Once expression of interest forms are received, Northwest will determine the design and cost for the project. Subject to shipper requests and the necessary federal, state and local approvals, service on the Opal Market Link project could be available in November 2013.