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Sequent Energy Management offers customer-focused solutions

Susan Simpson

Sequent Energy Management, now a Williams company, is delivering innovative solutions for our customers’ complex logistics needs – by finding premium markets and providing creative products for various commodities.

Williams welcomed Sequent’s talented workforce and industry-leading platform this past July. Since then, teams from both Sequent and Williams have worked diligently to finalize the integration, bringing people, processes and systems together in support of our common mission. As a final step in the process, in the first quarter of 2022, the two legacy commercial teams – Williams Energy Resources (WER) and Sequent Energy Management (SEM) – will combine and operate under one name: Sequent Energy Management.

“This acquisition not only complements the geographic footprint of Williams’ core pipeline transportation and storage business but also enhances our overall commodity marketing capabilities,” said Payvand Fazel, vice president, Origination & NGL Marketing/Commercial.

Sequent’s operational footprint in the U.S. and Canada provides Williams with an enhanced North American perspective of natural gas markets, in turn bolstering our natural gas-focused strategy.

Sequent moves natural gas to markets through transportation and storage agreements on strategically positioned assets, including along Williams’ Transco system. The company focuses on asset management and the wholesale marketing, trading, storage and transportation of natural gas for a diverse set of natural gas utilities and producers.

“We’re excited to be part of a company that also highly values customer relationships and a commitment to a clean energy future,” said Mark Rueff, vice president, Gas Marketing.

“With Williams’ backing, we have the scale and capabilities to carry out larger transactions,” he said. “Our experienced trading and scheduling professionals can better source and deliver responsibly produced, low carbon supplies on our customers’ behalf.”

This mutually beneficial acquisition not only increased Williams’ natural gas pipeline and storage optimization opportunities and marketing footprint to 8 Bcf/d, but it also brought a proven business with sound risk management controls and state-of-the-art Energy Trade Risk Management (ETRM) systems.

Importantly, Sequent also brought a solid reputation as logistics experts, Payvand said, which is valuable as Williams evolves into a full-service energy and marketing solutions provider.

“Ultimately, as we work to expand our gas and NGL marketing capabilities, we’re looking to additional commodities like carbon, electricity, renewables, and more,” Rueff said. “We’ll truly be a commodity marketing company that is one-of-a-kind in the space.”​​​​​​​