Cabot to sell Pennsylvania midstream assets to Williams

HOUSTONCabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is selling its Pennsylvania midstream assets to Williams Field Services Co. LLC (WFS), a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP (NYSE: WPZ), for $150 million plus a 25-year gathering agreement.

The sale includes roughly 75 miles of gathering pipelines and two existing compressor stations installed and constructed by Cabot over the last three years. The transaction also establishes a 25-year firm gathering arrangement between Cabot and WFS whereby WFS will in the next two years:

• Complete construction of a 32-mile 24" high pressure pipeline to Transco from Cabot's Lathrop Station
• Build about 65 miles of various 16" to 24" trunk lines in Susquehanna County
• Construct two additional compressor stations with a total of 40,000 horsepower, and

During the term of the agreement:
• Connect all Cabot drilling program wells with 8" and 10" gathering lines
• Deliver Cabot production to five interstate pipeline delivery points.

"With the exceptional well success we have seen in our Marcellus operations, we needed to adjust the way we thought about infrastructure and take-away capacity going forward," said Dan O. Dinges, chairman, president, and CEO.

The new Williams Marcellus Gathering System will create takeaway capacity for Cabot of approximately 1.2 bcf per day off the existing leasehold during the next two to three years with its planned expansions and will invest in excess of $150 million in 2011.

"This agreement will displace roughly $75 million annually in planned infrastructure expenditures by Cabot during 2012-2015 along with eliminating the need for infrastructure investment in 2011," commented Dinges. "This planned level of investment by Cabot would not have provided us the takeaway capacity proposed under the Williams agreement."

Additionally, as part of this new arrangement, Cabot has increased its firm takeaway capacity to the Williams Partners' Transco Pipeline just south of Susquehanna County. The new level is 350 MMcf per day, up from 150 MMcf per day announced in February, 2010.

"The inflow of cash will also reduce our spending deficit for 2010,” Dinges added.

The transaction is scheduled to close during December 2010, subject to normal and customary closing conditions and regulatory clearance. 

Shares of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. were up +1.060 (+3.177%) at $34.42 late Thursday following the announcement. Shares of Williams Partners were also up +0.3100 (+0.6813%) at US$45.81 during the same time period.

Source:  Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

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