Petal Holding Open Season for Second MS Cavern
Petal Gas Storage, a subsidiary of Crystal Oil Co. of
Shreveport, LA, is holding an open season for 3.2 Bcf of storage
capacity it plans to add at its high deliverability salt cavern
storage facility near Hattiesburg, MS. The open season began last
week and continues through Oct. 30.
The expansion project could include additional receipt/delivery
points on Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Koch Gateway (low-pressure and
high-pressure systems), Transco, Sonat, Destin, and Florida Gas
"We're looking at new receipt and delivery points at or near
Transco," said David Hayden, Crystal vice president. "It would be
near the Heidelberg [MS] Station on Transco. The Sonat point would
be near Rose Hill [MS]. Destin [interconnect] is near Enterprise,
MS. And that's it right now. We're still working on an option for
gas to move south through Florida Gas Transmission and Koch's
high-pressure system, and it's going to depend upon response from
the open season."
Petal announced its expansion plans in July (See Daily GPI July
8, 1998), including leaching an additional salt cavern with a total
storage capacity of 5.2 Bcf, of which 3.2 Bcf would be working gas.
The new cavern, when combined with the existing cavern, would
result in a facility with 5.8 Bcf of working gas capacity and a
total withdrawal capacity of 600 MMcf/d.
Petal will offer traditional 10-day withdrawal service as well
as balancing, forwarding, parking and emergency backup services
from all the facility's pipeline interconnections. Petal plans to
distribute an open season package outlining details of the
expansion and services to be offered in the near future and will
also seek FERC authorization for the expansion.
Petal is located east of supply area bottlenecks. Information is
available at Petal's Web site, www.crystaloil.com/petal and by
calling Hayden, (318)677-5511; or Jeff Ballew, (318) 677-5512.
In January, Crystal became the largest independent salt cavern
storage operator in the United States with the acquisition of Petal
from CMS Gas Transmission and Storage for $29.5 million. The
acquisition gave Crystal's subsidiaries more than 6.7 Bcf of
working storage capacity in the area with the ability to deliver in
excess of 670 MMcf/d. Including the potential expansion and current
storage capacity at Petal Gas Storage and Hattiesburg Gas Storage,
Crystal would own, through subsidiaries, 15.8 Bcf of
high-deliverability salt cavern storage.
Joe Fisher, Houston
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