El Paso Energy Partners completes Mississippi salt dome expansion

El Paso Energy Partners LP, Houston, has completed the expansion of its Petal natural gas salt dome storage facility and 60-mile takeaway pipeline near Hattiesburg, Miss.

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, July 8 -- El Paso Energy Partners LP, Houston, has completed the expansion of its Petal natural gas salt dome storage facility and 60-mile takeaway pipeline near Hattiesburg, Miss. These projects were completed in conjunction with a 20-year contract with Southern Co., Atlanta.

The expanded Petal storage facility has working gas capacity of 8.65 bcf of natural gas. The new pipeline expands Petal's delivery capabilities to the Southern Natural Gas and Destin Pipeline systems (OGJ, Mar. 11, 2002, p. 9).

Before the expansion, Petal had interconnects to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Gulf South Pipeline, and Hattiesburg Gas Storage facilities. Related projects adding 20,000 hp of storage compression and 9,000 hp of pipeline compression were completed earlier this year.

El Paso estimates that revenues generated by its new services to Southern will add $7 million of cash flow during the remainder of 2002 and $16 million annually thereafter.

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