Williams Companies Inc was founded in 1908, originally incorporated under the laws of the state of Nevada in 1949 and reincorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware in 1987. The Company is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America'shydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas, NGLs, and olefins. Its operations are located principally in the United States, but span from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian oil sands. The Company's interstate gas pipelines, domestic midstream, and domestic olefins production interests are largely held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ). The Company also own a Canadian midstream business, which processes oil sands and offgas and produces olefins for petrochemical feedstocks, as well as aequity investment in Access Midstream Partners, which owns midstream assets in unconventional producing areas. The gas pipeline business includes interstate natural gas pipelines and pipeline joint project investments, and the midstream business provides natural gas gathering, treating and processing services; NGL production, fractionation, storage, marketing and transportation; deepwater production handling and crude oil transportation services; an olefin production business and is comprised of several wholly owned and partially owned subsidiaries and joint project investments; Williams NGL & Petchem Services - comprised of its Canadian midstream operations and certain domestic olefins pipeline assets. The Company's Canadian assets include an oil sands offgas processing plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta, an NGL/olefin fractionation facility and B/B splitter facility at Redwater, Alberta, the Boreal Pipeline, certain Canadian growth projects including a propane dehydrogenation facility, and the Bluegrass Pipeline, a new joint project, which would connect processing facilities in the Marcellus and Utica shale-gas areas in the U.S. Northeast to growing petrochemical and export markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast; Access Midstream Partners - comprised of an indirect equity interest in Access GP and limited partner interests in ACMP, which it had purchased in the fourth quarter of 2012. ACMP is a publicly traded master limited partnership that provides gathering, processing, treating and compression services to Chesapeake Energy Corporation and other producers under long-term, fee-based contracts; Other - comprises of corporate operations. The Company markets NGL products to a range of users in the energy and petrochemical industries. It also market olefin products to users in the energy and petrochemical industries.
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