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Oklahoma business briefs for May 29, 2013

Oklahoma business briefs, May 29
Oklahoman Modified: May 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm •  Published: May 29, 2013
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Joint venture to aid pipeline

— The Williams Cos. Inc. and Houston-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners have formed a joint venture to continue developing the Bluegrass Pipeline to transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to growing petrochemical markets along the Gulf Coast, the companies announced Tuesday. The first phase of the project would be a pipeline with 200,000 barrels of takeaway capacity per day in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Phase two would double the line's capacity to meet market demand. The proposed pipeline would connect to Boardwalk's Texas Gas Transmission LLC system, which runs from Kentucky to Louisiana. The joint venture could include construction of a new large-scale fractionation plant in Louisiana with expanding liquids storage facilities. The companies also are exploring the development of an export terminal for liquefied petroleum gas. “This timely joint venture with Boardwalk would link two liquids-rich resource plays in the Northeast U.S. with the expanding petrochemical industry on the Gulf Coast, providing producers in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania with the ability to access large and growing markets,” Williams CEO Alan Armstrong said.

State gaming extended

Scientific Games Corp. will continue to provide gaming services to the Oklahoma Lottery, the New York-based company announced Tuesday. The contract with the state lottery provides for lottery systems and services, beginning in August. It is a one-year contract with nine additional one-year contract extension options. “The Oklahoma Lottery has been a valued customer since its launch in 2005, one of the fastest implementations ever in the industry, and we are pleased to continue our successful partnership,” said Pat McHugh, president of North American lottery systems for Scientific Games. The Oklahoma Lottery generated $208 million in retail sales in 2012, returning $73 million to the state for education.

Phony job offers noted

Chesapeake Energy Corp. is warning potential job applicants not to fall victim to phony job offers that appear to come from the company via email. Chesapeake recruiters contact potential employees in person, officials said. The company also does not ask for fees or upfront payments during the recruiting process, according to a notice on Chesapeake's website. Chesapeake also warned job seekers not to give out any personal information via email. The company is urging anyone who may have received a fraudulent communication from Chesapeake or one of its affiliates to contact CHKrecruit@chk.com.

From Staff Reports