Williams Forms Agreement to Market Quad County Ethanol

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams Bio-Energy LLC

    TULSA, Okla., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams Bio-Energy LLC, a
 subsidiary of Williams (NYSE:   WMB), announced today that it has entered into
 an agreement to market all fuel grade ethanol produced by Quad County Corn
 Processors Cooperative, a Galva, Iowa, cooperative association.  The Quad
 County relationship marks Williams' fifth ethanol marketing agreement in the
 past four months.  Financial terms of the Quad County agreement, which went
 into effect March 30, were not disclosed.
     Williams is the second-largest producer and marketer of ethanol in the
 United States.  Williams produces 130 million gallons of ethanol per year
 through its wholly owned facility at Pekin, Ill., and 75 percent owned Aurora,
 Neb., facility.  These marketing relationships including Quad County, produce
 an additional 60 million gallons per year.  Williams markets approximately
 300 million gallons of ethanol annually.
     Ron Miller, vice president of Williams Bio-Energy LLC, said the company is
 extending its distribution system primarily because of the growing demand for
 ethanol.  Large market opportunities for fuel ethanol are developing in
 California as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is being phased out of
 California Clean Burning Gasoline regulations by 2003.  Additionally, MTBE in
 reformulated gasoline is being eliminated in New York and Connecticut by 2004.
     "Williams meets this demand growth through expanding relationships to
 purchase and re-sell ethanol produced by third parties through the company's
 extensive distribution system," Miller said.  "We are pleased to do business
 with Quad County and other producers including Heartland Grain Fuels (Aberdeen
 and Huron, S.D.), Minnesota Energy (Buffalo Lake, Minn.) and Sunrise Energy
 (Blairstown, Iowa) to meet market needs."
     Mike Jerke, general manager of Quad County, said, "Quad County is
 extremely pleased to align with Williams Bio-Energy to market ethanol.
 Williams Bio-Energy is a recognized leader in the ethanol industry and this
 agreement will allow Quad City to benefit from Williams Bio-Energy's
 experience and expertise."
     "Ethanol is a domestic, renewable fuel that is used as a high-quality
 octane enhancer.  As an oxygenate, ethanol is capable of reducing air
 pollution and improving automobile performance," Miller said.  Ethanol-blended
 fuels account for more than 12 percent of all automotive fuels sold in the
 United States.
     For more information contact Mark Luitjens, Williams Bio-Energy, at
 605-226-9101.  Information about Williams Bio-Energy can be found at
 williamsbioenergy.com.
 
     About Williams
     Williams, through its subsidiaries, connects businesses to energy and
 communications.  The company delivers innovative, reliable products and
 services through its extensive networks of energy-distributing pipelines and
 high-speed fiber-optic cables.  Williams information is available at
 williams.com.
 
     Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as
 defined by federal law.  Although the company believes any such statements are
 based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes
 will not be materially different.  Any such statements are made in reliance on
 the "safe harbor" protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act
 of 1995.  Additional information about issues that could lead to material
 changes in performance is contained in the company's annual reports filed with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE Williams Bio-Energy LLC
    TULSA, Okla., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams Bio-Energy LLC, a
 subsidiary of Williams (NYSE:   WMB), announced today that it has entered into
 an agreement to market all fuel grade ethanol produced by Quad County Corn
 Processors Cooperative, a Galva, Iowa, cooperative association.  The Quad
 County relationship marks Williams' fifth ethanol marketing agreement in the
 past four months.  Financial terms of the Quad County agreement, which went
 into effect March 30, were not disclosed.
     Williams is the second-largest producer and marketer of ethanol in the
 United States.  Williams produces 130 million gallons of ethanol per year
 through its wholly owned facility at Pekin, Ill., and 75 percent owned Aurora,
 Neb., facility.  These marketing relationships including Quad County, produce
 an additional 60 million gallons per year.  Williams markets approximately
 300 million gallons of ethanol annually.
     Ron Miller, vice president of Williams Bio-Energy LLC, said the company is
 extending its distribution system primarily because of the growing demand for
 ethanol.  Large market opportunities for fuel ethanol are developing in
 California as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is being phased out of
 California Clean Burning Gasoline regulations by 2003.  Additionally, MTBE in
 reformulated gasoline is being eliminated in New York and Connecticut by 2004.
     "Williams meets this demand growth through expanding relationships to
 purchase and re-sell ethanol produced by third parties through the company's
 extensive distribution system," Miller said.  "We are pleased to do business
 with Quad County and other producers including Heartland Grain Fuels (Aberdeen
 and Huron, S.D.), Minnesota Energy (Buffalo Lake, Minn.) and Sunrise Energy
 (Blairstown, Iowa) to meet market needs."
     Mike Jerke, general manager of Quad County, said, "Quad County is
 extremely pleased to align with Williams Bio-Energy to market ethanol.
 Williams Bio-Energy is a recognized leader in the ethanol industry and this
 agreement will allow Quad City to benefit from Williams Bio-Energy's
 experience and expertise."
     "Ethanol is a domestic, renewable fuel that is used as a high-quality
 octane enhancer.  As an oxygenate, ethanol is capable of reducing air
 pollution and improving automobile performance," Miller said.  Ethanol-blended
 fuels account for more than 12 percent of all automotive fuels sold in the
 United States.
     For more information contact Mark Luitjens, Williams Bio-Energy, at
 605-226-9101.  Information about Williams Bio-Energy can be found at
 williamsbioenergy.com.
 
     About Williams
     Williams, through its subsidiaries, connects businesses to energy and
 communications.  The company delivers innovative, reliable products and
 services through its extensive networks of energy-distributing pipelines and
 high-speed fiber-optic cables.  Williams information is available at
 williams.com.
 
     Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as
 defined by federal law.  Although the company believes any such statements are
 based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes
 will not be materially different.  Any such statements are made in reliance on
 the "safe harbor" protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act
 of 1995.  Additional information about issues that could lead to material
 changes in performance is contained in the company's annual reports filed with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 SOURCE  Williams Bio-Energy LLC