FERC Wednesday approved Central New York Oil and Gas Co. LLC’s (CNYOG) request to place in service “on or before” Sept. 1 three of the four remaining storage wells and associated gathering facilities in Pennsylvania that were authorized as part of the Phase II expansion of the company’s Stagecoach Storage facility in southwestern New York State.

In December 2006, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead for CNYOG to put three New York storage wells into operation and a six-mile, 20-inch diameter mainline that are associated with the expansion. The latest order approves the operation of three Pennsylvania wells, known as the L-2, L-3 and L-F wells in the Lidell Pool, and related gathering facilities. The last of the Pennsylvania wells, L-1 in the Lidell Pool, still is not ready for service, according to CNYOG, a subsidiary of Inergy LP [CP06-64].

Further, FERC has not yet authorized service on the nine-mile, 24-inch diameter North Lateral Pipeline, which would connect the storage facility to the proposed Millennium Pipeline. The lateral is expected to have capacity ranging from 150 MMcf/d to 400 MMcf/d, the company said. The facility has an existing connection to Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

When fully completed, the Phase II storage expansion will bring the facility’s working gas capacity to 26.25 Bcf from 13.25 Bcf. Total storage capacity will rise to 30.25 Bcf. Injection capacity and deliverability will be unchanged at 250 MMcf/d and 500 MMcf/d, respectively. However, the expansion will extend the field’s capability to maintain withdrawals at maximum rates to about 20 consecutive days from the existing level of 12 days.

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