Utah Salt Cavern Storage Facility Wins Regulatory Nod

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Magnum Gas Storage LLC has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval for the construction of a high-deliverability, multi-cycle salt cavern natural gas storage facility in central Utah. The proposed project is the first large-scale, underground natural gas storage facility to be developed in the Western United States. When completed, it will consist of four salt caverns with a combined total working gas storage capacity of 42 Bcf. The project will be capable of injecting up to 0.3 Bcf/d of gas and withdrawing up to 0.5 Bcf/d and of cycling its inventory from nine to 12 times annually.
  The project also includes a 61.5-mile, 36-inch header pipeline that will extend to points of interconnection with Kern River Gas Transmission Co. and Questar Pipeline Co. near Goshen, UT. Magnum plans to initially develop two salt caverns at the site through solution mining, each with working gas capacity of approximately 10.5 Bcf. The first salt cavern is expected to be available for natural gas storage service beginning in early 2012.