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ENERGY TRANSFER OPERATING, L.P. filed this Form 8-K on 08/18/2003
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PHILADELPHIA, August 18, 2003 – Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE:SXL) today announced that it has reached definitive agreements to acquire a 37.35% interest in Wilprise Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“Wilprise”) and a 16.67% interest in Tri-States NGL Pipeline, L.L.C. (“Tri-States”) from the Williams Companies, Inc. The transactions are subject to purchase rights held by existing owners and normal conditions to closing for assets of this nature, and are expected to close within the next ninety (90) days.


Tri-States is a 161-mile natural gas liquids (“NGL”) pipeline with a capacity of 95 MBPD originating at gas processing plants located near Mobile Bay, Alabama and terminating at Kenner Junction near New Orleans, Louisiana. Tri-States transported 56 MBPD in 2002. Wilprise, a 33-mile NGL pipeline with a capacity of 60 MBPD originating at Kenner Junction and terminating at Sorrento, Louisiana, transported 42 MBPD in 2002. Total consideration for the interests in both pipelines is $26.5 million, with an additional $8.3 million payable based on volumes transported through 2006.


“These pipelines are well positioned to take advantage of the significant growth in natural gas expected in the offshore Gulf of Mexico,” said Deborah M. Fretz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunoco Logistics. “These acquisitions are consistent with our business plan which calls for growth in areas where we do not operate today, specifically natural gas liquids. We expect the acquisitions to be immediately accretive. The transactions will be financed using our revolving credit facility, and we expect to keep our investment grade rating by maintaining a conservative capital structure over the medium and long term.”


Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE:SXL), headquartered in Philadelphia, was formed to acquire, own and operate Sunoco, Inc.’s refined product and crude oil pipelines and terminal facilities. The Eastern Pipeline system consists of approximately 1,900 miles of primarily refined product pipelines and interests in four products pipelines, consisting of a 9.4 percent interest in Explorer Pipeline Company, a 31.5 percent interest in Wolverine Pipe Line Company, a 9.2 percent interest in West Shore Pipe Line Company and a 14.0 percent interest in the Yellowstone Pipe Line Company. The Terminal Facilities consist of 7.8 million barrels of refined product terminal capacity and 16.0 million barrels of crude oil terminal capacity (including 12.5 million barrels of capacity at the Texas Gulf Coast Nederland Terminal). The Western Pipeline System consists of approximately 2,700 miles of crude oil pipelines, located principally in Oklahoma and Texas and a 43.8 percent interest in the West Texas Gulf Pipe Line Company. For additional information visit Sunoco Logistics’ web site at


Statements made in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect our expectations, which we believe to be reasonable, regarding the proposed acquisition. However, these expectations are subject to the accuracy of


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