Williams Completes Sale of Alaska Holdings to Three Companies

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April 1, 2004

Williams (NYSE:WMB) completed the sale of its Alaska business interests yesterday for about $290 million, subject to closing adjustments for items such as the value of petroleum inventories.

“With this sale, Williams has completed its exit of the petroleum refining and marketing sector,” said Steve Malcolm, Williams’ chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate all the employees who managed and operated these businesses for us over the years. Now, we’re handing off the keys to capable companies who will serve Alaskan consumers well.”

Williams divested its Alaska operations through three separate transactions:

  • Subsidiaries of Flint Hills Resources, LLC have purchased a 220,000-barrel-per-day refinery at North Pole, two petroleum terminals in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and crude oil and refined products inventories;
  • Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Pipeline Company, L.P., has purchased Williams’ entire 3.0845 percent interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System; and
  • Holiday Stationstores of Minneapolis has purchased 26 convenience stores.

"We are excited about Flint Hills Resources’ future in Alaska," said Dave Robertson, president. "This acquisition is a natural fit with our business capabilities and it offers the State of Alaska an attractive price for its crude oil. We are committed to positioning these assets for long-term success."

Today’s closing follows Flint Hills Resources’ successful completion earlier this month of a crude oil supply contract with the state of Alaska. The new contract provides Flint Hills Resources with up to 77,000 barrels per day of crude oil for 10 years.

Flint Hills Resources has committed to spending about $100 million to make significant modifications to offer cleaner-burning fuels to Alaska communities and consumers, Robertson said.

“We know the Williams Express customers will be pleased with the changes they will see as the stores convert to Holiday,” said Ronald Erickson, chief executive officer of Holiday Companies.

“We look forward to serving the petroleum, food service and convenience needs of all Alaskans. We believe our reputation as an employer-of-choice means the fine team of employees who have operated these stores will find working with Holiday a great experience. And our continuing relationship with Flint Hills Resources provides us the opportunity to offer highly valued products and services for our customers to enjoy,” said Erickson.

"The acquisition of this interest in TAPS complements our existing business arrangements with Flint Hills Resources," said Pat McCann, president of Koch Pipeline, which operates pipelines for Flint Hills Resources-owned lines serving its Texas and Minnesota refineries. “This pipeline is an important supplier of the crude oil refined in the North Pole facility.”

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