MHP Seeks to Further Expand Egan, LA, Storage
Market Hub Partners L.P., a division of Duke Energy Gas
Transmission, last week asked FERC for the go-ahead to
incrementally expand its natural gas storage facility in Egan, LA,
by 4 Bcf.
The company cited the return to normal weather patterns this
winter, increased commodity volatility and the greater gas demands
of power generators in justifying in its FERC application the need
for the project, which would boost the capacity of the Egan
facility to 16 Bcf from its current 12 Bcf. Market Hub pegged the
cost of the proposed storage expansion at $9 million.
This would mark the third expansion of the Egan facility, which
started commercial operation with 6 Bcf of capacity in September
1995. Assuming it gets FERC approval, Market Hub said it expects to
complete the third phase by 2005.
The company said it plans to use its SMUG (Solution Mining Under
Gas) technology to carry out the expansion, using specially
designed wellhead and leaching equipment that can flush out the
salts while still permitting customers to use the storage caverns
without any service interruptions, a spokeswoman noted.
Market Hub currently has a combined storage capacity of 23 Bcf
at Egan and its second storage facility in Moss Bluff, TX, making
it one of the largest owners of high-deliverability salt cavern
storage facilities in the nation. It also is developing
high-deliverability salt cavern storage facilities in Copiah
County, MS, and Tioga Country, PA.
The Egan facilities interconnect with six pipelines, including
Trunkline Gas, Texas Gas Transmission, ANR Pipeline, Tennessee Gas
Pipeline, Columbia Gas Transmission and Conoco.
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