FERC Friday gave a favorable environmental review of Perryville Gas Storage LLC’s proposal to construct a salt dome natural gas storage facility and associated facilities in the Crowville Salt Domes in Franklin and Richland parishes in northern Louisiana.

“Approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” said the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the environmental assessment (EA) of the project [CP09-418].

The facility would provide approximately 15 Bcf of working capacity in two caverns, with a maximum injection rate of 226 MMcf/d and a maximum withdrawal rate of 600 MMcf/d, according to Houston-based Perryville Gas. Plans call for interconnections with CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission near Delhi, LA (see Daily GPI, June 10).

In addition to the two caverns, Perryville Gas proposed to build 11.69 miles of 36-inch diameter gas pipeline; 2.68 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline; a 9,500 hp compressor station; and associated facilities in Franklin and Richland parishes, according to the FERC EA.

The company asked FERC to issue a final order by Dec. 1 and grant it a construction period of five years. It said it expects to have the facilities in service by June 2012.

“The project will support further development of domestic gas production in the Gulf Coast and Midcontinent regions, as well as the addition of new LNG [liquefied natural gas] in the United States, and the development of markets in the eastern United States,” Perryville Gas said in its application. “The location is ideal for a high-deliverability gas storage project because of the close proximity of extensive natural gas pipeline infrastructure near Delhi, LA.”

Perryville Gas is 100% owned by Cardinal Gas Storage Partners, which was formed in 2008 as a joint venture of Martin Resource Management Corp. and Energy Capital Partners for the purpose of developing and owning gas storage facilities.

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