Echo Springs Gas Plant Plans Expansion

Cheyenne, WY – Williams natural gas company said today that it plans to double the processing capacity and production of natural gas liquid at its Echo Springs plant in southern Wyoming.

The Tulsa, Okla.-based company says it will spend up to 233 million dollars to expand the plant, which processes gas from the Washakie Basin. Williams plans to start construction next year and finish in late 2010, pending necessary permits.

The expansion will bring the Carbon County plant's gas processing capacity to 740 million cubic feet equivalent per day and the production of natural gas liquids, such as propane or butane, to 60,000 barrels per day.

A company official says the plant is currently operating at full capacity, and producers in the Wamsutter area are expecting significant volume growth.

The Echo Springs plant is part of the Wamsutter gathering system, which connects with multiple interstate pipelines.