Williams closes $1.1 billion sale, divests interest in Williams Energy Partners

TULSA, Okla., June 17, 2003 — Williams announced it has completed the sale of its 54.6 percent ownership interest in Williams Energy Partners L.P. in a $1.1 billion transaction.

The buyer, a Delaware limited partnership recently formed by the private equity firms Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund II, L.P., paid approximately $510 million in cash at closing for Williams’ interests in the partnership. In addition, the transaction has the effect of removing $570 million of the partnership’s debt from Williams’ consolidated balance sheet.

Williams expects to recognize a pre-tax gain of at least $270 million to $285 million, which will be reported in discontinued operations in its second quarter financial results.

“Williams has completed asset sales in a thoughtful, orderly manner. Each sale, along with our recent financings, are precise steps toward a stronger foundation for a redefined Williams,” said Steve Malcolm, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

With today’s proceeds, Williams has received nearly all of the expected $2.75 billion cash from asset sales that have been closed or announced this year.

More than 800 Williams employees provided general, administrative and operations support to Williams Energy Partners at the time the transaction closed. Nearly all of these individuals will become employees of the buyer or the partnership.

About Williams

Williams, through its subsidiaries, primarily finds, produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas. Williams’ gas wells, pipelines and midstream facilities are concentrated in the Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard. More information is available at www.williams.com .

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