Enstor said last Monday that it has started solution mining a salt formation in West Texas for Phase I of its Waha Gas Storage project. When fully developed, the storage project is expected to provide 9.5 Bcf of working gas capacity, 800,000 Dth/d of withdrawal capacity and 450,000 Dth/d of injection capacity to seven pipelines within three miles of the existing Waha Hub.

"The Texas Railroad Commission's approval of this project paved the way for construction to begin and now Phase I of this project is well under way," said Enstor President Matt Morrow. "We have completed the construction of our solution mining facilities [and] water pipelines, and have also completed drilling of the 16 water, cavern and disposal wells needed to begin the solution mining.

"Enstor plans to have cavern capacity available to meet the growing demand for gas storage at the Waha Hub in October 2007. Phase II will begin immediately thereafter... "

The storage field will have nine annual storage cycles, providing service to power generators, utilities, producers, marketers, pipelines and large end-users in Texas, the West Coast, Midcontinent/Midwest and Gulf Coast regions. The cavern will have interconnection with the Mobil Waha Plant, Oneok West Texas, Enterprise, El Paso, Duke, Oasis, Northern Natural and the Atmos Texas Pipeline.

Enstor also operates the Katy Storage and Transportation Hub in East Texas and owns 57% of the Alberta Hub in Canada.

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