Caliche Launches Open Season for Expansion Project, Firm Natural Gas Storage in Beaumont

(P&GJ) — Caliche Development Partners II (Caliche or Caliche II) has launched a non-binding open season to solicit natural gas firm storage service in support of the development of two additional natural gas storage caverns at Golden Triangle Storage LLC (GTS) facility located in Beaumont, TX.

Aerial view of Caliche II's Golden Triangle Storage, LLC in Beaumont, TX. (Image: Caliche)

GTS has a twin 24-inch pipeline header connecting seven major pipeline interconnects in the active Beaumont- Port Arthur market hub (TETCO, FGT, HPL, KM Texas, Golden Pass Pipeline, Natgasoline, and DCP) and it is also soliciting interest in potential new connections to its facilities, including Whitewater – Blackfin, Venture Global – CP Express, Sempra – PAPTC, and Targa – Apex Intrastate Pipeline.

The open season will provide prospective customers with the opportunity to bid for up to 14 billion cubic feet (8 Bcf in cavern three and 6 Bcf in cavern four) of FSS capacity on a multiyear basis. Bids for between 0.5 Bcf and a full cavern of capacity will be accepted and evaluated. Injection and withdrawal rights will be limited to 600 MMcf/d per expansion cavern, totaling 1.2 Bcf/d for both expansion caverns.

Bids for capacity must include a minimum of a 5-year term, with GTS giving greater consideration for longer terms (up to 20 years). GTS will not award any capacity pursuant to this Open Season until after economic analysis. All bids submitted during the Bid Period will be treated as being received at the same time.

"Expansion of our recently acquired GTS facility brings additional firm deliverability to a region with increasing demand for storage to support variable power loads and LNG export activities, and we believe our focus on safe operations and the combined reliability of the four caverns place our team in a position to support customers looking for that safety, deliverability and reliability," Dave Marchese, CEO of Caliche, said.

Firm Storage Service made available through this open season is expected to support commencement of gas injections into storage in April 2026 and April 2027, respectively.

The open season concludes on Friday, June 16, 2023.


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