Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Adds New Underground Natural Gas Storage Capacity In Gulf Coast

Aug 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced that it has received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to place a second underground natural gas storage cavern into service at its Mississippi Hub Storage facility located in Simpson County, Miss. The additional 7.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) cavern expands the facility's total working gas storage capacity to 15 Bcf.

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Mississippi Hub Storage is located in the heart of the rapidly growing Southeast natural gas market with operational interconnections to three major interstate gas pipelines: SONAT, Transco, and Southeast Supply Header (SESH). These pipelines provide bi-directional access to diverse major markets throughout the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

"The additional capacity at Mississippi Hub Storage represents the next step in our strategy to expand our footprint in the rapidly evolving natural gas market in the Southeast," said Michael Gallagher, regional president of natural gas for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. "As more natural gas supply comes online and liquefaction terminals move forward, customer demand for additional underground storage at strategic pipeline hubs like Mississippi Hub Storage will continue to grow."

The injection capacity currently available at Mississippi Hub Storage is fully contracted. Additional injection capacity at the facility will become available for customers once the dewatering process at the new cavern is complete. The facility has injection capability of 450 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) and a withdrawal capability of 1,200 MMcfd.

In 2013, the company expects to complete construction on a third 7.5 Bcf cavern, further expanding the site's storage capacity to 22.5 Bcf.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also owns and operates an additional 15.5 Bcf of underground natural gas storage at Bay Gas Storage near Mobile, Ala. along with two natural gas distribution utilities and long-distance gas pipelines.

About Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions. The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with natural gas storage and pipelines, and distribution utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2011 revenues of $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' nearly 17,500 employees serve about 31 million consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.

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These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forecasts or projections or other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not the same companies as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra International, LLC and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Sempra International's underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South American Utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's underlying entities include Sempra Renewables and Sempra Natural Gas.

Media Contacts:

Scott Crider


Sempra U.S. Gas & Power


(877) 855-7887


media@SempraUSGP.com



Financial Contact:

Victor Vilaplana


Sempra Energy


(877) 736-7727


investor@sempra.com

 

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