Mississippi has for decades been a major natural gas player, with some production but with an abundance of pipelines and geologic storage capacity. In recent years, Mississippi actually has more nat gas flowing both into and out of the state than any other state. As we saw with extreme temperatures last winter, the ability to transport and store nat gas is critical to meeting demand in peak demand periods. The NE US experienced significant supply issues, which corresponded with absurdly high prices, while the South was able to meet its demand because of its surplus infrastructure and storage capacity. You only have to compare natural gas prices in Mississippi and New York last January to see the difference. From the supply side, while much focus is often on production, storage and deliverability are equally as important.
Below you will find a detailed map of Mississippi’s NG Infrastructure.