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PERMITTING PROCESS INITIATED ON AVOCA GAS STORAGE PROJECT CAPACITY AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY

 BOSTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- J. Makowski Company announced today the availability of 5 billion cubic feet of storage capacity from the Avoca Gas Storage Project. The Avoca Project, which completed feasibility tests determining its physical and economic viability last month, has commenced state and federal permitting processes and is prepared to enter into service agreements for capacity.
 Following receipt of all regulatory authorizations, construction of the project will likely commence in the summer of 1994, with the first 3 billion cubic feet of storage inventory scheduled to be available for the 1995-96 winter heating season. During the first phase, Avoca customers will have withdrawal capacity of up to 300 million cubic feet per day over a 10 day period and rapid re-injection capability of up to 150 million cubic feet per day over 20 days.
 The Avoca facility, the first high deliverability market area natural gas storage project in the Northeast U.S., is traversed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company facilities and offers additional access to other interstate pipelines serving the eastern gas markets of the U.S. and Canada. Because the geological properties of salt storage permit high injection and withdrawal rates, the Avoca project will provide unparalleled flexibility and supply security to meet the evolving needs of the Northeast energy markets in the post-Order No. 636 environment.
 The Avoca partnership has engaged and released International Gas Consulting as project engineer; PB-KBB to design caverns and leaching facilities; Mustang Engineering to design surface facilities; Galson to perform environmental work; S.A. Holditch to design brine re-injection wells; Re/Spec to analyze and test geological strata; and Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin as project counsel on state and federal regulatory matters.
 Jim Driscoll, Fuel Services Manager at Makowski and Project Manager of the Avoca Gas Storage project, noted that with the commencement of the permitting process, Avoca Gas Storage is clearly the most advance salt storage project proposal in the Northeast. He commented, "With feasibility testing completed, project consultants and counsel engaged and permitting underway, we are confident that our first 3 billion cubic feet of storage inventory will be available for the 1995-1996 winter hearing season. This schedule, coupled with the unique technology we're employing, makes Avoca the first high deliverability storage project available to meet the needs of the Northeast market." Moreover, access to Avoca's storage capacity will provide customers in the newly restructured natural gas industry with the necessary flexibility to meet the increased demands placed upon their individual supply portfolios."
 Avoca Gas Storage plans to conduct a formal "Open Season" for customer nominations two weeks after the filing of its certificate application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During this open season, Avoca will allocate all remaining uncontracted capacity in the facility.
 Partners in the Avoca Gas Storage Project include J. Makowski Company, Equitrans, an Equitable Resources company, Natural Gas Clearinghouse, Texaco Gas Marketing, Inc., and Trillium Gas Storage, Inc., an affiliate of Union Gas Limited.
 For further information on obtaining capacity in Avoca Gas Storage, please contact Jim Driscoll at 617-720-7678.
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen A. Daugherty of J. Makowski Company, 617-720-7659/


CO: J. Makowski Company; Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company ST: Massachusetts, Tennessee IN: OIL UTI SU:

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