ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE:OKS) has completed a transaction to sell 49 percent of its ownership of Overland Pass Pipeline Company LLC to Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ).
ONEOK Partners received approximately $424 million at closing in accordance with the joint-venture agreement and will use the proceeds from the transaction to repay short-term debt and to fund capital projects.
ONEOK Partners and Williams Partners each now owns 50 percent of Overland Pass Pipeline Company LLC. Previously, ONEOK Partners owned 99 percent of the joint venture and Williams Partners owned the remaining 1 percent. ONEOK Partners announced on July 22, 2010, that it had received notification from Williams Partners of its election to exercise its option to increase its ownership of Overland Pass Pipeline.
As long as Williams Partners owns at least 50 percent of Overland Pass Pipeline Company, Williams Partners will have the option to become the operator by providing ONEOK Partners at least 30 days notice.
This transaction is not expected to affect ONEOK Partners' 2010 net income guidance of $450 million to $490 million. Earnings from Overland Pass Pipeline Company will be accounted for prospectively as equity earnings from investments, beginning in September 2010.
The joint-venture company was established in May 2006 to build the Overland Pass Pipeline, a 760-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline from Opal, Wyo., to the Mid-Continent natural gas liquids market center in Conway, Kan., one of the nation's primary NGL distribution and storage hubs.
The pipeline, which went into service in November 2008, can transport approximately 140,000 barrels per day with the ability to expand capacity to 255,000 barrels per day with additional pump facilities.
Overland Pass Pipeline Company LLC also includes the Piceance Lateral Pipeline, a 150-mile pipeline connecting the Piceance Basin to the Overland Pass Pipeline, and the D-J Basin Lateral Pipeline, a 125-mile pipeline connecting the Denver-Julesberg Basin with the Overland Pass Pipeline. ONEOK Partners, through its subsidiaries, managed the construction projects and is the operator of the pipelines.