Mississippi natural gas storage facility opens

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON — NGS Energy has announced it had started operations at its Leaf River Energy Center, a natural gas storage facility northwest of Laurel in Jasper and Smith counties.

The Westport, Conn., company says it is accepting natural gas in its first cavern, which holds 8 billion cubic feet. NGS says a second cavern will open next year. It holds permits for caverns in two salt domes with 32 billion cubic feet of capacity.

The 43-mile pipeline header system associated with the facility will run through Smith, Jasper and Clarke counties in Mississippi and connect to Southern Natural, Gulf South, Transco, Tennessee, Destin and the proposed Kinder Morgan Express pipelines.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the storage of natural gas in the underground salt caverns in 2008.