Bluestem Pipeline

Quick Facts

  • Bluestem Pipeline LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Williams Companies
  • New pipeline system in eastern Kansas and Oklahoma
  • System will originate in Conway, Kansas, and will be designed to transport 120,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), expandable to 225,000 (bpd)
  • System will deliver NGLs to our customer's pipeline at an interconnect in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma

Overview

Williams is a 100-year-old energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s significant hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Williams has major offices in Houston, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Williams’ interstate gas pipeline and gathering and processing operations span the United States, including strategic assets in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, the Rockies, the Pacific Northwest and along the Eastern Seaboard. Williams also owns and operates significant midstream gathering and processing assets, across Oklahoma and Kansas.

Scope

The Bluestem Pipeline is a proposed 188-mile, 16-inch natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline originating at Mid-Continent Fractionation & Storage LLC’s (MCF&S) facility in Conway, Kansas. When completed, it will deliver NGLs to our customer's proposed pipeline system near Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

Timeline

January 2019: Initial outreach and landowner notifications

February 2019: Civil and environmental surveys begin

January 2020: Permitting complete

First-quarter 2020: Target construction start

Fourth-quarter 2020: Target in-service

Regulatory Process

The Bluestem Pipeline project is required to obtain a number of permits and will undergo review by local, state and federal entities.

The proposed Bluestem Pipeline project crosses a number of waterbodies and wetlands that are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), including two USACE Districts (Kansas City, Kansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma). As such, the proposed Bluestem Project will be subject to the requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which requires that a permit be issued by the USACE prior to the start of construction.

As a federal action, the USACE permit will require that wetlands and waterbodies be surveyed and mapped along the entire project route, and will trigger the requirements of other federal and state regulations, including those regarding species with protected status on the federal and state levels (e.g., the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act) and those regarding the preservation of historic and/or culturally significant resources (i.e., the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act).

Surveys are also required along portions of the proposed route for habitat that could support listed species, as well as for cultural or historic resources.