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Open Season Pending For Honeoye Storage

Open Season Pending For Honeoye Storage

Honeoye Storage Corp. has received FERC approval to expand its western New York sandstone storage facility to provide an additional 1.8 Bcf of firm service capacity under market-based rates. Honeoye plans an open season to start before the end of June and run through July.

Currently the field provides 4.8 Bcf of long-term, cost-of-service storage to New York and New England utilities. The $3 million expansion will be accomplished by increased pressure. Honeoye plans to upgrade compressors and pipes in two phases, offering about 750 MMcf of new storage capacity during the 2000-01 season, going to 1.8 Bcf by the 2001-02 season.

David Donohue, president of Honeoye, said injections will begin in early August. The market-based storage will have an initial withdrawal rate of 9.5 MMcf/d, going to about 15 MMcf/d in the second stage.

"Honeoye will provide all required cushion gas and any capacity not taken in the open season will be offered on an interruptible basis," Donohue said.

The Honeoye Field, located south of Rochester, NY, began operations in 1975 and continues to serve five of its original customers. The facility interconnects with the pipelines of both Tennessee Gas and New York State Electric & Gas. Customers committing to the new firm service will need to make their own transportation arrangements to and from the Honeoye interconnections.

For details on the open season contact Donohue at 617-536-0202. The Honeoye facility is owned by an affiliate of KeySpan Energy, Consolidated Energy Co. of New York, Inc., and trusts set up by its three developers: Dave Donohue, Dick Norman and Jacek Makowski.

Ellen Beswick

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