June 27, 2018 - 4:15 PM EDT
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ONEOK Announces 1.7 Bcf/d of Natural Gas Infrastructure Expansions in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) today announced plans to expand its natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma by up to a total of 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) to provide additional natural gas takeaway capacity in two of the country's most active production areas.

The projects include:

  • A 150 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) expansion of ONEOK's WesTex Transmission system from the Permian Basin to interstate pipeline delivery points in the Texas Panhandle. Additional interest is being solicited in a follow-up open season that could potentially increase the expansion to 450 MMcf/d.
  • A 150 MMcf/d eastbound expansion of the ONEOK Gas Transportation system from two natural gas processing plants in the STACK and SCOOP areas to an eastern Oklahoma interstate pipeline delivery point.
  • A 100 MMcf/d westbound expansion of ONEOK Gas Transportation from the STACK area to multiple interstate pipeline delivery points in western Oklahoma. Additional interest is being solicited in a follow-up open season that could potentially increase the expansion to 300 MMcf/d.
  • A project to make Roadrunner Gas Transmission (Roadrunner) bidirectional. The project is expected to result in approximately 750 MMcf/d of eastbound transportation capacity from the Delaware Basin to the Waha area. Interest in the new eastbound capacity is being solicited in a concurrent open season.

"These capital-efficient expansions, primarily through the addition of compression facilities, will quickly create critical takeaway capacity and offer additional optionality for natural gas producers and processors in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma," said Terry K. Spencer, ONEOK president and chief executive officer. "We also continue active discussions with shippers in these areas regarding additional natural gas takeaway solutions that ONEOK could provide."  

The projects are backed by multiple firm transportation commitments. Total annual average adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) from these projects when completed could be as high as $40 million with successful open seasons.

The westbound expansion of ONEOK Gas Transportation is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter 2018. The ONEOK WesTex Transmission expansion, the eastbound expansion of ONEOK Gas Transportation and the Roadrunner bidirectional project are expected to be complete in the first quarter 2019.

ONEOK WesTex Transmission is an intrastate natural gas pipeline system operating within Texas, consisting of approximately 2,200 miles of pipeline.

ONEOK Gas Transportation is an intrastate natural gas pipeline system in Oklahoma, consisting of approximately 2,470 miles of transmission pipelines. In May 2018, ONEOK completed a 100 MMcf/d westbound expansion of ONEOK Gas Transportation to serve growth in the STACK area.

Roadrunner, a 50-50 joint venture between ONEOK and Fermaca Infrastructure B.V. (Fermaca), is a Texas intrastate pipeline system transporting natural gas from the Waha natural gas market hub to El Paso markets and to the U.S. and Mexico border.

NON-GAAP (GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES) FINANCIAL MEASURES:

ONEOK has disclosed in this news release forward-looking estimates for adjusted EBITDA expected to be generated by the announced capital-growth projects. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial metric used to measure the company's financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations adjusted for interest expense, depreciation and amortization, noncash impairment charges, income taxes, noncash compensation expense, allowance for equity funds used during construction (equity AFUDC), and other noncash items.

Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it and similar measures, are used by many companies in the industry as a measure of financial performance and commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate ONEOK's financial performance and to compare the financial performance of ONEOK with the performance of other companies within its industry. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, this calculation may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.

A reconciliation of estimated adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income is not provided because the GAAP net income generated by the projects is not available without unreasonable efforts.

ONEOK, Inc. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (NYSE: OKE) is a leading midstream service provider and owner of one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers and an extensive network of natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets.

ONEOK is a FORTUNE 500 company and is included in the S&P 500.

For information about ONEOK, visit the website: www.oneok.com.

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Some of the statements contained herein are forward-looking statements as defined under federal securities laws. The forward-looking statements relate to our anticipated financial performance (including projected net income, capital expenditures, cash flow and projected levels of dividends), liquidity, management's plans and objectives for our future growth projects and other future operations (including plans to construct additional natural gas and natural gas liquids facilities and related cost estimates), our business prospects, the outcome of regulatory and legal proceedings, market conditions and other matters. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under federal securities legislation and other applicable laws.

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