Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Co. said it will hold a nonbinding open season Oct. 3 through Oct. 14 for capacity in its 12 Bcf salt dome storage facility proposed for Southeast Texas.

The project, which would be sited in the Moss Bluff Salt Dome in Liberty County, TX, would have a peak-day injection capacity of 300 MMcf/d and peak-day withdrawal capacity of 600 MMcf/d, according to the Birmingham, AL-based storage developer. It would provide access to markets in the Gulf Coast, Northeast and Southeast. The project is targeted for in-service in the second quarter of 2014.

Turtle Bayou said it anticipates that the storage facility would interconnect with the interstate gas pipeline systems of Texas Eastern Transmission and Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, and the intrastate gas pipeline systems of Energy Transfer-House Pipeline System, Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline LLC and Enterprise Products Partners.

“The development of continental shale production, the potential demand for LNG [liquefied natural gas] import and export, the anticipated retirement of coal-fired generation in the Southeast combined with the recent and projected additions to regional pipeline infrastructure in this area is the foundation of our market view that Turtle Bayou is well positioned to play a strategic role in balancing the supply and demand quotients in the U.S. market,” said Turtle Bayou President Jim Lindsay.

Expressions of interest should be faxed to the company at (205) 879-0479 by 5 p.m. CDT Oct. 14, the company said. For more information contact Lindsay at (877) 558-4521, or e-mail the company at info@turtlebayougasstorage.com.

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