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Texas Gas Gets Nod to Expand Market-Area Storage

FERC has given Texas Gas Transmission LLC the green light to expand its storage facilities at its market-area storage complex located in Kentucky and Indiana to provide additional services to its customers.

The storage expansion would allow shippers to withdraw on a firm basis an additional 80.6 MMcf/d of natural gas and will permit Texas Gas to use an additional 8.2 Bcf of working gas in its Midland Gas Storage Field in Muhlenberg County, KY, which is the pipeline's largest storage field and provides over 70% of its seasonal and daily storage capacity.

The project calls for the installation of two 6,811 horsepower Solar Taurus 60 gas turbines driving two separable Solar C402 centrifugal gas compressors, to be housed inside a new turbine/compressor building located within the existing Midland 3 Compressor Station site [CP04-373].

Texas Gas said it anticipates starting construction activities on April 1 of this year, with the facilities to be in operation on Nov. 1, 2005. It estimates the cost of the project will be $20.7 million.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Texas Gas's request to roll the cost of the project into the rate base for its rates for no-notice service and firm storage service in its next general rate case.

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