Bammel Natural Gas Storage and its connections to Houston PipeLine are due for a major upgrade, Enron announced yesterday. Thecompany plans to drill four new storage wells and construct a12-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline adjacent to an existing HPL linethat will increase Bammel’s withdrawal capacity nearly 20% to 1.4Bcf/d. The $28 million project is designed to enhance services forHPL’s Texas Gulf Coast industrial markets and Houston-based gasutilities, Enron said. It is expected to be completed by year end.

“As electricity and natural gas markets converge, there isincreased demand for more dynamic products and services. Thisproject gives us enhanced flexibility to deliver energy solutionsto our customers,” said HPL President Mike McConnell. “In thefuture, we will be considering other creative ways to serve thecompany’s expanding producer and consumer markets.”

Bammel is located in Harris County in East Texas. Its currentworking gas capacity is 117 Bcf.

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