Egan Hub Storage LLC, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Gas Transmission, informed FERC on Monday that it has placed in service 5.5 Bcf of additional capacity at its natural gas storage facility in Acadia Parish, LA.

The new capacity is about half of the total capacity that was authorized for a third cavern in an April 2003 order [CP03-12). That order granted Egan Hub certificate authority to boost the capacity of a third salt dome storage cavern to 10.5 Bcf, raising the maximum aggregate operating capacity of its storage field to 31.5 Bcf, of which 24 Bcf would be working gas.

The April 2003 decision, which was amended last month, extends the deadline to allow Egan to have the remaining storage capacity of the third cavern (5 Bcf) in service by Oct. 1, 2009.

Duke Energy subsidiary Market Hub Partners (MHP) owns Egan Hub, which has 16 Bcf of existing storage capacity. MHP also owns and operates the Moss Bluff, TX salt dome, which has 16 Bcf of working gas capacity as well.

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