Williams looks to expand pipeline
TULSA — Williams Partners LP is looking to expand its Transco pipeline system to provide additional natural gas transportation capacity to markets in the Southeast. The company has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expand a compressor station and boost Transco's capacity by the spring of 2015. The $50 million expansion project would provide enough natural gas to serve about 1 million homes. “Growing power-generation demand has dramatically increased utilization of Transco's Mobile Bay Lateral in recent years,” said Frank Ferazzi, general manager of the Transco system. Williams Partners also announced it will pay a regular quarterly cash distribution of 86.25 cents a unit. It will be paid on Aug. 9.
OGE Energy adds new director
OGE Energy Corp. has added Sheila G. Talton to its board of directors, the company announced Monday. Talton, 60, will join the board at its next regularly scheduled meeting in September. OGE Energy CEO Pete Delaney touted Talton's information technology expertise. Talton is CEO of Gray Matter Analytics, which provides data analytics and predictive modeling services to the financial and health care industries.
Hedges to lead Summit ESP region
TULSA — Summit ESP has tabbed industry veteran John Hedges as director of its southern region, the electric submersible pumping systems provider announced. Hedges has 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, all of it in the artificial lift business. Hedges most recently was the Canadian region business leader for GE Oil and Gas Artificial Lift.
Storm recovery session set
The Office Depot Foundation and Feed The Children will host a community conversation Wednesday to encourage collaborative approaches to storm recovery. About 40 nonprofit, community and business leaders are expected to attend the event at Feed The Children's headquarters, at 333 N Meridian. The event begins at 8:30 a.m.
Backpack donations set
The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City will be giving out 2,000 backpacks with school supplies Saturday to students at its annual Back to School Bash. The Sonic Corp.-sponsored event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Urban League gym, 3900 Martin Luther King Ave. It will feature free haircuts, health screenings, community resource fair and outdoor children's games. For more information, call 424-5243 or visit www.urbanleagueok.org.
TransForce acquires DriveForce
DriveForce Transportation Services of Tulsa has been acquired by TransForce Inc., the nation's leading driver staffing firm. DriveForce is a regional provider of high-quality commercial truck drivers and skilled industrial personnel with operations throughout Oklahoma. “DriveForce is another perfect acquisition for us,” CEO David Broome said. “Both companies have had success in focusing on customer service and providing the best opportunities for our drivers.”
Blueknight sets distribution
Blueknight Energy Partners LP will pay a quarterly cash distribution of 12 cents a common unit and 17.875 cents a preferred unit. Those distributions will be paid Aug. 14.
From Staff Reports