FERC has given environmental clearance for Tarpon Whitetail Gas Storage LLC’s proposed natural gas storage facility to be sited in Aberdeen, MS.

“We conclude that if Whitetail constructs and operates the facilities in accordance with its application and supplements, along with out mitigation measures…, approval of this project would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” Commission staff said in its environmental assessment of the storage project [CP08-46].

The Whitetail project will be a depleted reservoir facility ultimately capable of storing 8.6 Bcf. of working gas with injection capacity of 200 MMcf/d and withdrawal capacity of 300 MMcf/d. Houston-based Tarpon Whitetail said it expects to receive a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certificate by June of this year, with the facility going into service in spring 2009, subject to regulatory approvals.

The project calls for Tarpon Whitetail to build up to 20 injection/withdrawal wells and associated facilities; an interconnection with Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipeline; about 4.9 miles of 24-inch diameter header pipeline; one mile of 16-inch diameter pipeline; and 14,200 horsepower of compression.

Whitetail will initially interconnect with Tetco in its M-1 market transportation zone. Future plans are to connect to multiple pipelines in the immediate vicinity. These include Tennessee Gas Pipeline on its 500 Leg, Southern Natural Gas and Mississippi Valley Gas Co.

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