Enstor to hold open season for Houston Hub Storage Project

ENSTOR is holding a non-binding open season March 1 to March 12, 2010 for firm storage service at its Houston Hub Storage Project currently under development approximately 30 miles northeast of Houston, Texas. Storage capacity of up to 16 Bcf of working capacity will provide deliverability of up to 1 Bcf/d and interconnect with as many as five pipelines. The project is expected to begin service June 2013, subject to approved regulatory amendments to the original certificate. 

“Our analysis shows Houston Hub is ideally situated to gain full utility from the shift in natural gas supply dynamics including growing shale production, planned LNG imports and Houston Ship Channel demand,” said Kay Atchison, ENSTOR's director of marketing. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued ENSTOR its Certificate in April 2008 to construct and operate a high-deliverability, multi-cycle salt dome natural gas storage facility on the North Dayton Dome in the Texas Gulf Coast. This facility will provide for an ultimate capacity of 30 Bcf of working gas and pipeline interconnects with Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) (400,000/d) and Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation (Transco) (400,000/d). Additional interconnects planned, and subject to additional state regulatory and FERC approval are Trunkline Gas Company, Energy Transfer-Houston Pipeline, and Kinder Morgan-Texas. The facility will also operate as a header system enabling customers to capture value between the various pipelines and markets. 

Houston Hub is strategically located to benefit markets that are also served by pipelines currently connected with ENSTOR’s Katy Gas Storage Facility. 

ENSTOR will begin accepting non-binding bids for firm storage capacity at Houston Hub beginning Monday, March 1, 2010. All bids will be due by 5:00 p.m. Central time on Friday, March 12, 2010.

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