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|Gas storage planned for salt domes|
Atmos Energy Co., plans to store some 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas in a salt dome located in Franklin Parish near Fort Necessity.
On Jan. 30, Atmos filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to operate and construct the facility.
The company has also filed a notice of intent with the Louisiana Office of Conservation – Injection and Mining Division for permission to solution-mine salt in what is called the Fort Necessity Salt Dome.
According to information released by Atmos, salt domes "are ideal for storing natural gas." Water is pumped in to dissolve the rock salt, then the salt water is pumped out, leaving a cavern or salt dome. Natural gas is pumped into the dome for storage. The gas is removed when needed by wells at the surface.
The Fort Necessity Salt Dome where Atmos hopes to create the storage facility is located in Section 17, Township 12 N, Range 7 E in Franklin Parish.
If the project is approved, Atmos plans to open the first storage cavern in the summer of 2011, followed by at least two more caverns.