Enstor eyes FERC nod to double underground gas storage capacity at Mississippi Hub

(UI) — Enstor Gas LLC has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) through its affiliate, Mississippi Hub LLC (MS Hub), for an expansion of its underground natural gas storage facility located in Simpson County, Mississippi.

Mississippi hub storage. (Image source: Enstor Gas LLC)

The expansion, if approved, aims to bolster the capabilities of the MS Hub to meet the evolving demands of the natural gas market.

The proposed expansion entails doubling the number of storage caverns at the MS Hub to six and implementing additional infrastructure such as compression, dehydration, and saltwater disposal wells.

Upon completion, this initiative is projected to increase the working gas capacity by up to 33.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) and injection and delivery capacities by up to 0.7 million dekatherms per day (MMDth/day) and 1.0 MMDth/day respectively. Enstor anticipates the completion of the project by 2028, subject to regulatory approvals.

“It’s been a decade since the industry has seen significant additions to natural gas storage,” CEO of Enstor Paul Bieniawski said. “In that time, the market has changed dramatically and materially on multiple fronts, including pipeline shipments of U.S. natural gas to Mexico, continuing growth of U.S. gas-fired power generation nationwide, and the launch and rapid growth of U.S. LNG exports, which have made the United States the number-one exporter of LNG in the world. It is very clear that now is the time to increase gas storage capacity, and we are thrilled that our application to expand the Mississippi Hub Storage facility is currently in front of FERC.”

The expansion project also holds potential benefits for the local economy, with expectations of job creation during construction and operation phases, increased tax revenues, and enhanced energy security for the region. Enstor aims to navigate the expansion process responsibly, prioritizing safety, environmental preservation, and community involvement.

The proposed expansion represents a strategic move by Enstor to adapt to changing market dynamics and contribute to regional economic development and energy security.

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