Williams Geismar Olefins Plant Comments on OSHA Findings
12/11/2013 5:29:00 PM
  • Williams confirms receipt of findings from OSHA following OSHA's investigation into June 13, 2013 incident at Williams' Geismar Olefins Plant
  • Williams is carefully reviewing OSHA's analysis and findings
  • Williams is continuing its own internal incident investigation and is committed to further enhancing its safety performance
  • The company is executing on a plan to rebuild, turnaround and expand the Geismar Olefins plant by April 2014

Williams Olefins LLC, today announced that it has received the investigation findings from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") related to OSHA's investigation of the June 13, 2013 incident at Williams' Geismar facility. Company officials are reviewing OSHA's findings.

"Williams cooperated in a full and transparent manner to support OSHA's investigation, and we are in the process of reviewing the analysis," said John Dearborn, senior vice president, NGL and Petchem Services.

"In addition to conducting our own internal incident investigation, we are committed to learning from OSHA's report to further enhance safety at the Geismar plant and across our organization."

The company noted that prior to the June 13, 2013 incident, the Geismar Olefins plant achieved an exceptional and long-standing safety record with no lost-time accidents having occurred at the plant since 2009.

"Safety and the protection of employees and communities in which Williams does business is, and always has been, our number one priority," Dearborn continued. "We are committed to safely completing the rebuild and expansion work now underway, and to bringing the expanded plant into safe and reliable operations for the benefit of the plant's employees, contractors, the community and customers."

Williams Olefins LLC is now executing on a plan to rebuild, turnaround and expand the Geismar Olefins plant by April, 2014.

About Williams (NYSE: WMB)

Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than 10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company's facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas, NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day and domestic olefins production capacity of 1.35 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of propylene per year. Williams owns approximately 64 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), one of the largest diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns most of Williams' interstate gas pipeline and domestic midstream assets. Williams also owns Canadian operations and certain domestic olefins pipelines assets, as well as a significant investment in Access Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ACMP), a midstream natural gas services provider. The company's headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. For more information, visit www.williams.com, where the company routinely posts important information.

About Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ)

Williams Partners L.P. is a leading diversified master limited partnership focused on natural gas transportation; gathering, treating, and processing; storage; natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil transportation. The partnership owns interests in three major interstate natural gas pipelines that, combined, deliver 14 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. The partnership's gathering and processing assets include large-scale operations in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and both onshore and offshore along the Gulf of Mexico. Williams (NYSE: WMB) owns approximately 64 percent of Williams Partners, including the general-partner interest. More information is available at www.williamslp.com, where the partnership routinely posts important information.

Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined by federal law. Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the company's annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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