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Egan Hub Partners, a subsidiary of NiSource, filed a request at FERC recently to expand the operating capacity of its existing storage facility in Acadia Parish, LA from 15.5 Bcf to 21 Bcf. The company wants a FERC decision by Sept. 1 so that some or all of the expansion can be online during the 2000-2001 heating season. Egan said the expansion is necessary because of the large number of requests from customers for additional storage service. It expects that the expanded capacity will be fully subscribed and says it can provide the identity of customers with which it is discussing incremental service, if the Commission requests such information. The company's two existing salt dome caverns will be enlarged from 7.75 Bcf to 10.5 Bcf and compression will be added, boosting deliverability from 750 MMcf/d to 800 MMcf/d.

Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. is expanding capacity at its Bridgeport, TX, processing plant northwest of Fort Worth from 210 to 310 MMcf/d. The expansion will handle rapidly rising gas supplies from accelerated drilling by the company and other producers. Daily rich gas volumes delivered to Bridgeport are expected to increase from 205 MMcf to almost 300 MMcf during the next three years. Likewise, gas liquids production from the plant would increase from 19,000 b/d to more than 27,000 b/d. Construction is to begin in July, and start-up is targeted for December. Project cost will be $15 million, increasing the company's capital budget to $236 million. "The Bridgeport plant will be capable of 90% ethane recovery and will use minimum fuel and power," said CEO George P. Mitchell.

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