- Fully contracted natural gas pipeline transmission and storage assets with strong market fundamentals
- Includes 80 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines and 36 Bcf of natural gas storage
- Critical infrastructure for Texas power grid reliability with gas storage and supply for 4 gigawatts (GW) of power generation
- Well positioned to store Permian supply directed towards growing Gulf Coast LNG demand
- Enhances Williams’ core natural gas pipeline and storage strategy
Williams (NYSE: WMB) today announced that it has acquired NorTex Midstream, a fully contracted natural gas pipeline and storage asset located in north Texas, from an affiliate of Tailwater Capital. The $423 million transaction, which closed on August 31, 2022, includes approximately 80 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines and 36 Bcf of natural gas storage in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The NorTex assets provide critical service to approximately 4 GW of gas fired power generation, enabling Texas energy providers to successfully meet peak demands. In addition to providing critical gas supply to power generation in north Texas, these assets also position Williams to provide storage services for Permian gas directed toward growing Gulf Coast LNG demand.
“Serving one the fastest growing population centers in the United States, this irreplaceable natural gas infrastructure is critical to bridging the gap between limited supplies and periods of peak demand, while supporting the viability of intermittent renewables like solar and wind,” said Williams President and CEO Alan Armstrong. “During the extreme cold of Winter Storm Uri, the NorTex pipeline and storage facilities reliably provided gas to residential customers and electric power plants throughout the entire storm. We see significant upside to integrating these assets, especially when combined with our existing transmission and storage capabilities.”
BofA Securities acted as exclusive financial advisor to Williams, and Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP served as legal counsel to Williams. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Tailwater and NorTex, and Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to Tailwater and NorTex.
As the world demands reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy, Williams (NYSE: WMB) will be there with the best transport, storage and delivery solutions to reliably fuel the clean energy economy. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Williams is an industry-leading, investment grade C-Corp with operations across the natural gas value chain including gathering, processing, interstate transportation, storage, wholesale marketing and trading of natural gas and natural gas liquids. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams connects the best supplies with the growing demand for clean energy. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including Transco, the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – and handles approximately 30 percent of the natural gas in the United States that is used every day for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Learn how the company is leveraging its nationwide footprint to incorporate clean hydrogen, next generation gas and other innovations at www.williams.com.
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