Edition 12 – Monday, October 29, 2018

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With Halloween approaching in a few days, the gas pipeline business seems to be in the “treat” mode to end the month.  Most systems are finishing up with last minute maintenance activities ahead of the five-month traditional winter heating  season beginning November 1.

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Let’s take a look at some of the pipelines’ critical notices as of Monday, October 29, 2018:

Nexus Pipeline:

NEXUS access to DTE and Vector capacity Notice Text:

We are pleased to announce that NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS US) and NEXUS Capacity Services, ULC (NEXUS Canada) have activated leases/contracts with DTE Gas Company and Vector Pipeline System providing early access to meter capacity downstream of Ypsilanti (NEXUS meter N1001). As such, the LINK system is ready to accept timely nominations to utilize this capacity for gas day Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT will perform maintenance at FGT Compressor Station 8 and on a pipe segment upstream of FGT Station 8. This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 5, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 11, 2018. During the maintenance FGT will schedule up to 800,000 MMBtu/day through Station 8. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 1,075,000 MMBtu/day through Station 8. Two delivery points upstream of Station 8 that will be unavailable during this maintenance are Mid-Louisiana East Baton Rouge (POI 71384) and Endevco Port Hudson (POI 59022).

FGT will be performing maintenance on the compressor units at the FGT/Transco St. Helena Interconnect (POI 10114). This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 5, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 17, 2018. During this maintenance zero volumes will be scheduled at the interconnect. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 60,000 MMBtu/day through the FGT/Transco St. Helena Interconnect.

FGT will be performing maintenance on pipe near the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect (POI 10258). This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 6, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 13, 2018. During this maintenance zero volumes will be scheduled at the interconnect. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 60,000 MMBtu/day through the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Subject – Delhi Compressor Station Maintenance from Nov 12 – 17, 2018

Capacity could be impacted by as much as 140,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

The following locations are part of the Delhi Expansion Compressor Scheduling Group-

022107 DELHI (FROM COLUMBIA GULF)

022110 DELHI (FROM CENTERPOINT)

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 26 SOUTHBOUND – GULF COAST #3 M/L (CS 304) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPDATE #5 

On gas day Friday, November 16, 2018, and continuing through gas day Tuesday, November 27, 2018, (previously Thursday, November 1, 2018 thru Thursday, November 22, 2018), Natural will be performing pipeline maintenance to install pigging facilities on the Gulf Coast #3 mainline near Compressor Station 304, located in Harrison County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports may not be available during this work.  Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Northern Natural Gas:

Northern will be conducting station maintenance at the Beaver, Oklahoma compressor station, which will affect capacity for Beaver North (Group 1025) during the month of November 2018. During this time, the operating capacity will be reduced as set forth in the table below. Northern does not anticipate primary firm service will be impacted.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

TE Imbalance Notice – UPDATE – Notice Text:

As previously posted, Texas Eastern (TE) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. As result, effective 9:00 AM CCT, October 26, 2018, TE requires all delivery point operators in Market Area Zones M1-24, M2-24 and M3 to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative. All receipt point operators in Market Area Zones M1-24, M2-24 and M3 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

Additionally, TE requires all shippers and point operators in Access Area Zones STX, ETX, WLA and ELA and Market Area Zone M1-30 and M2-30 to carefully review demand for gas and schedule gas consistent with daily needs and to tender and receive gas consistent with confirmed nominations regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

Correspondingly, effective 9:00 AM CCT, October 26, 2018, the previously posted imbalance notice is no longer in effect.  This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

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Now, let’s check out some of the latest news from the energy industry:

On Friday, Houston-based Gastar Exploration has entered into a restructuring support agreement with its largest funded-debt creditors and shareholders, and certain funds affiliated with asset manager, Ares Management.  The mid-continent producing company said the restructuring came as marketing efforts to repay or refinance its existing debt or to sell the company or its assets have failed.

According to sources, Cheniere Energy has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to begin construction of the new Midship natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma.

Midship is designed to deliver over 1.4 bcf per day of gas supplies from the SCOOP and STACK producing areas of Oklahoma into existing natural gas pipelines located near Bennington, Okla., for transport to Gulf Coast and southeastern U.S. markets.  The pipeline is expected to be completed in 2019.

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In weather news, Hurricane Oscar is being a late-season grouch by forming in the Atlantic a few days ago.  Fortunately, the National Hurricane Center track shows this storm should not threaten the US east coast as it moves northward and out to sea later this week.

The temperature map for the first week of November from the National Weather Service shows that both the east and west coast are expecting milder than normal weather.  The US midsection should see temperatures close to the seasonal averages.

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Edition 11 – Thursday, October 25, 2018

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From the Energy Information Administration’s Natural Gas Weekly Update:

Natural gas spot prices rose at most locations this report week (Wednesday, October 17 to Wednesday, October 24).  Henry Hub spot prices rose from $3.31 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) last week to $3.36/MMBtu yesterday.

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the November 2018 contract price fell 15¢ to $3.166/MMBtu Wednesday afternoon.

The EIA’s gas storage report released today showed net injections to working gas totaled 58 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending October 19.   That was 7 Bcf greater than the consensus estimates for last week.

Working natural gas stocks are 3,095 Bcf, which is 16% lower than the year-ago level and 17% lower than the five-year (2013–17) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 61¢/MMBtu, averaging $8.61/MMBtu for the week ending October 24..

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, October 16, the natural gas rig count increased by 1 to 194. The number of oil-directed rigs rose by 4 to 873. The total rig count increased by 4 to 1,067.

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In other corporate news this week:

In the Anadarko Basin, Enable Midstream Partners signed a definitive agreement to acquire Velocity Holdings, LLC (“Velocity”), an integrated crude oil and condensate gathering and transportation company in the SCOOP and Merge plays, for $442 million.

Enable President and CEO Rod Sailor said, “The Velocity acquisition builds on Enable’s market-leading Anadarko Basin midstream platform that now offers customers complete wellhead-to-market solutions for both natural gas and crude.”

Enable expects to close the transaction on or about November 1.

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It has been a very busy week for the natural gas pipeline companies this week.  Let’s take a look at a number of the critical postings now in effect:

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Somerset Compressor Station Unplanned Outage – Notice Text:

Texas Eastern (TE) has experienced an unplanned outage at its Somerset, Ohio compressor station (Somerset) and efforts to restore the compressor station to full capacity are underway.

This outage results in the following reduced capacity through compressor stations on the 24 inch:

Approximately:
Sarahsville 597,000 Dth/d
Somerset 592,000 Dth/d
Lebanon 567,000 Dth/d

Based on current pipeline conditions, TE anticipates restrictions to interruptible, secondary out of path and secondary in path nominations beginning gas day Thursday, October 25, 2018.

TE estimates these repairs will take approximately 5 days to complete.

ANR Pipeline:

Southeast Area Capacity Reduction (Updated 10/24/18) -This posting supersedes PSO ID #8923

Due to planned compressor and station maintenance at the Eunice Compressor Station in the Southeast Area and on the Southeast Mainline, ANR will limit deliveries at the Eunice Total Location (LOC #505592) to the following:

875-MMcf/d 10/24 – 10/28
825-MMcf/d 10/29 – 11/6
950-MMcf/d 11/7 – 11/15
875-MMcf/d 11/16 – 12/2

Since the last posting, ANR has made the following changes. The operationally available capacity has increased from 800-MMcf/d to 875-MMcf/d from 10/24 – 10/28. The availability capacity decreases from 875-MMcf/d to 825-MMcf/d from 10/29 – 11/6. The available capacity increases to 950-MMcf/d from 11/7 – 11/15 and decreases to 875-MMcf/d from 11/16 – 12/2.

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that this posting may result in the capacity allocation reduction of IT, Firm Secondary and possibly a portion of Firm Primary volumes.

Enable Gas Transmission:

THIS OPERATIONAL ALERT IS BEING ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 20, GT&C, OF EGT’S TARIFF TO NOTIFY SHIPPERS THAT THE EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE OF THIS UNPLANNED MAINTENANCE AT THE CHANDLER COMPRESSOR STATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 6, 2018. 

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT s Tariff, to notify shippers of unplanned maintenance at EGT s Chandler Compressor Station.  Effective October 22, 2018, EGT has begun diagnosing the Chandler Compressor Station, located in Latimer County, Oklahoma and in EGT s Neutral Pooling Area.

During this maintenance, capacity through the Chandler Compressor Station will be limited to approximately 828,000 Dth/d.

EGT anticipates impacts to IT and Secondary services.  During the planned maintenance, shippers with receipts in the West 2 pool downstream of the Allen Compressor Station, and the western portion of the Neutral pooling area, should nominate point to point in order to maintain the highest priority level of service.

Mississippi River Transmission:

Effective November 1, 2018 through November 15, 2018, MRT will be performing critical annual maintenance at its Unionville facility.  During this period MRT will be unable to compress West Line volumes at Unionville and MRT will be unable to inject and withdrawal into storage at Unionville, therefore, during this period:

1) West Line capacity will be limited to 102,000 Dth/d.

2) MRT may not schedule any volumes that result in a daily long position.

3) MRT may not accept any makeup of short positions.

4) MRT may not schedule IT, AOR or secondary firm transportation volumes to storage.    Nor will MRT allocate secondary firm transportation on a No-Notice basis. 

Florida Gas Transmission:

NOVEMBER 2018 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONES 1, 2, AND 3

FGT will be performing pipeline maintenance on segments of pipe downstream of FGT Compressor Station 6. This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 1, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 10, 2018. During this maintenance zero volumes will be available to be scheduled for receipt upstream of the maintenance at Station 6 for delivery downstream of Station 6. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 6.

Two large points east of FGT Station 6 that will be unavailable during the Station 6 maintenance are FGT/Liberty Storage Receipt and Delivery (POI 78448 and POI 78450) and FGT/Gulf States Utilities Calcasieu (POI 10150). The first major receipt point east of Station 6 that will be available for scheduling normal receipt volumes during this maintenance is FGT/Trunkline Manchester (POI 23059).

MidContinent Express Pipeline:

SEGMENT 200 – AT OPERATING CAPACITY

Effective for gas day Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and continuing until further notice, MEP is at operating capacity for gas going eastbound into Segment 200.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL)

FORCE MAJEURE – SEGMENT 15 – PIPELINE REMEDIATION

As part of its ongoing pipeline Integrity Management Program and the results of an ILI tool run on Natural’s OE #1 line, Natural identified anomalies near Compressor Station 156 (CS 156), located in Kiowa County, Oklahoma that require pipeline remediation work in Segment 2 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone.  This is a Force Majeure event that limits Natural’s throughput capacity eastbound into Segment 15 in Natural’s Texok Zone (Compressor Station 801 [CS 801]).  Additionally, the identified receipt points listed below will be unavailable for the duration of this restriction.

The scheduling constraint will be at CS 801 located in Carter County, Oklahoma.  Any gas received west of CS 801 for delivery east of CS 801 will be impacted for the duration of the restriction.  Additionally, transports associated with storage injections or withdrawals will also be impacted.  Receipts or deliveries nominated within Segment 15 (east of CS 801) will not be impacted for eastbound or westbound flow.

As such, effective for gas day Friday, October 26, 2018, Timely Cycle, and continuing through gas day Saturday, October 27, 2018, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 44% of contract MDQ through CS 801.  Actual nomination levels and changes in pipeline conditions could result in changes to the percentages scheduled higher.  For scheduling purposes, the Texok A/G Pool (PIN 11328) is located east (downstream) of the constraint.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports continue to not be available.

Additionally, certain receipt points located in Segment 5 of the Midcontinent Zone will be unavailable for eastbound and westbound flow during this event (see below).

LOC 10655      CIMAREX ROCKY #1 WASHITA

LOC 10849      CIMAREX OAKDALE #1 KIOWA

LOC 11285      CIMAREX OAKDALE #2 KIOWA

LOC 41771      CIMAREX GOTEBO #1 WASHITA

LOC 42720      ADPARO ROCKY WASHITA

 

 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Subject:  Station 261 Unit 4A Automation Upgrade
Notice Text:  Project Update

“***Sta 261; Unit 4A:  Automation Upgrade

9/23/18 through 11/2/18:  This project will require a unit outage.  The meter listed below may experience pressure fluctuations including low pressures on Wednesday (10/31/18) through Friday (11/2/18).  Potential in the path restrictions may be at risk.

420901 BERKPWR/TGP BERKSHIRE POWER SALES H

Northern Natural Gas:

Notice Text:  Although there are no major changes for the upcoming winter heating season, Northern is providing the following highlights as a reminder of the key items regarding the transition from summer to winter service.  As always, please contact your customer service or marketing representative with any questions.

http://www.northernnaturalgas.com/_layouts/NoticePopup.aspx?ID=42427

 

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Line Segment 130 Force Majeure (UPDATE #6)

Southern Star continues working to fully restore service for Line Segment 130.

Southern Star will perform a shutout Saturday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 30.

During that time, capacity will be reduced as follows:

0 Dth/d at the Kansas Hugoton Receipt Constraint

0 Dth/d Kansas Hugoton Delivery Constraint

0 Dth/d Cheyenne Plains Sand Dunes Location 16813

0 Dth/d KGST Ark River Location 14971

Other locations on LS 130 are available, please see the Operationally Available report in CSI.

 

Capacity will return to the voluntarily reduced capacity of 250,000 Dth/d effective gas day October 31, 2018, 9:00 AM CCT.

 

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (TRANSCO):

Subject: Update – Job No. 40 Southeast Louisiana Lateral Valve Replacement

The valve replacement on the Southeast Louisiana Lateral at M.P. 81.68 in LaFourche Parish, Louisiana associated with job No. 40 on the Outage and Maintenance Summary Schedule (previously scheduled to start November 8, 2018) has been cancelled.

 

Transwestern Pipeline:

Subject: Station 9 Compressor Station (Roswell, NM), on the mainline system.
Reason: Station valve replacement project.
This maintenance could affect volumes from the West Texas & Panhandle Laterals flowing West through Station 9 (Roswell, NM).

October 26th thru October 29th, 2018 (4 Days)

Total capacity for Station 9 receipt volumes (West flow) will be reduced from 750,000 MMBtu/d to approximately 450,000 MMBtu/d.

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In the tropics, National Hurricane Center forecasters have their eye on an area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean which could become a tropical storm by the end of this weekend.  The east coast of the United States will remain watchful next week for further development of this system.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service 8-to-14 day temperature outlook into early November shows a gradual warm-up is in store for the Atlantic Coast while the midsection of the country remains at or below normal temperatures to start the new month.

That’s all for this time.  You are now up to date about the natural gas business – for FREE!  Please tell a friend about GasNewsOnline.com.  See you next week!

Edition 10 – Monday, October 22, 2018

As baseball’s World Series finally gets underway this week, the cooler fall weather is already giving much of the eastern half of the US an early preview of what is still to come.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We review the latest publicly released news and information from the natural gas business to help keep you in the know  – for FREE!

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Let’s get started with a busy Monday of gas pipeline notices from several of the electronic bulletin boards:

Texas Eastern Transmission:
Marietta Compressor Station Outage — COMPLETE
Notice Text:  Texas Eastern (TE) has completed the previously posted outage at its Marietta Compressor Station (Marietta). Effective immediately TE has completed all previously posted work at Marietta and the station has returned to normal operations.
Chester Junction to EOL Line 1-A Detailed Investigations — COMPLETE
Notice Text:  Texas Eastern has completed the previously posted detailed investigations occurring on its 14″/16″ Line 1-A Chester Junction to EOL and the line has returned to normal operation. Effective immediately, all restrictions associated with these investigations have been lifted and capacity on the 14″/16″ Line 1-A Chester Junction to EOL has returned to normal capacity.
Columbia Gas Transmission:
Columbia’s current working gas storage inventory and the prior two years inventory for the same week are as follows:  As of 10 AM (EST) on:
10/19/2018        219,606 mmcf.
10/20/2017        250,319 mmcf.
10/21/2016        251,490 mmcf.
Dominion Energy Transmission:
DETI’s current working gas storage inventory and the prior two years inventory for the same week are as follows:
Through gas day 10/11:
10/11/2018 257 bcf
10/12/2017 276 bcf
10/13/2016 286 bcf
Enable Gas Transmission:
This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT s Tariff, to notify shippers of unplanned maintenance at EGT’ s Chandler Compressor Station.
Effective October 22, 2018, EGT has begun diagnosing the Chandler
Compressor Station, located in Latimer County, Oklahoma and in EGT s Neutral Pooling Area.  The maintenance is expected to be completed on or before October 31, 2018.
During this maintenance, capacity through the Chandler Compressor Station will be limited to approximately 828,000 Dth/d.  EGT anticipates impacts to IT and Secondary services.  During the planned maintenance, shippers with receipts in the West 2 pool downstream of the Allen Compressor Station, and the western portion of the Neutral pooling area, should nominate point to point in order to maintain the highest priority level of service.
Receipt points impacted by this maintenance will include, but aren’t limited to:
Devon Northridge MP# 2198 
Enogex @ Stuart MP# 1298 
EMP Wardville MP # 303047 
Stuart CDP MP# 303153 
EOIT Stuart Summ MP# 12928 
Canadian CTP MP# 811006
Scissortail Energy, LLC MP# 12355  
Markwest Gathering Sys MP# 810004
This alert will remain in effect until further notice.
Enable Oklahoma Intrastate (Enogex):
Starting Tuesday, October 23, 2018, EOIT anticipates reductions to both Interruptible Transportation Services and Firm Transportation Services to both the Bennington and Boiling
Springs Area.
This notice is to notify all parties of unplanned maintenance at EOIT’s Allen Compressor Station located in Coal County Oklahoma, beginning October 19th, 2018 with an unknown completion
date.
Southern Natural Gas:
As SNG previously reported, the South Section 28 line in Segment 340 had been taken out of service to perform maintenance work.  During the process of returning the South Section 28 line in Segment 340 to service, SNG experienced an unanticipated leak that requires more work to be performed on the pipeline.  We are in the process of developing a repair plan and will provide a further update by November 15th on the estimated date for return to service.  We apologize for the additional delay in the return to service of this line.
This unplanned repair constitutes an event of Force Majeure under Section 8.3 of the General Terms and Conditions of SNG’s FERC Gas Tariff until further notice.
SNG will not be able to accept receipts on this section of line.
The following pin numbers will remain affected:
633200—-TERMO/SNG UDP Section 28-Amoco St.
605200—-SABPL/SNG Sabine Vermillion
631900—-Whiskey/SNGUDP Lake Larose Iberia
605300—-SEA ROBIN/SNG Erath Vermillion
632400—-HEC/SNG UDP Bayou Crook Chene Saint
607000—-BOARDWST/SMG Petrologistics Ibervil
SNG is working diligently to return this line to full service.
Kern River Transmission:
Kern River is issuing a Stage 2 curtailment of scheduled quantities at delivery points due to high line pack.
Line pack is high and threatening the operation of Kern River’s system. All shippers and delivery point operators are required to align daily scheduled nominations and physical receipts and deliveries.
In addition, Kern River may take corrective action to reduce line pack or maintain line pack at current operating levels by curtailing scheduled quantities at delivery points where a shipper or delivery point operator created a positive imbalance during the gas day described below.  Primary firm shippers should ensure nominations are submitted, confirmed and scheduled in
the Timely cycle.
All prior arrangements to pay back imbalance gas owed to Kern River are terminated effective immediately.
Northwest Pipeline:
Effective Gas Day Saturday, October 20, 2018 and until further notice, Northwest is issuing an OFO Recall Advisory and Operational Flow Order (OFO) through the Roosevelt compressor station pursuant to Section 14.15(d) of its Tariff.
Under the OFO Recall Advisory, Shippers are required to: (1) recall
capacity that is subject to an OFO recall provision; or (2) take other
action that is acceptable to Northwest, to satisfy its OFO obligation.
If the northbound scheduled quantities exceed 546,000 Dth/d at
Roosevelt, Northwest will provide Shippers with their specific OFO
obligations by 4:00 p.m. MST. Shippers must comply with their OFO
obligations no later than the Evening nomination deadline (5:00 p.m. MST).
As a reminder, pursuant to GT&C Section 14.15 (d)(iii), Realignment
shippers “may elect to voluntarily decrease their nominations through a constrained area by the volume which is subject to the OFO, in lieu of realigning to designated primary receipt points.”
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In other natural gas and energy business news of interest:

On Monday, EnLink Midstream agreed to acquire EnLink Midstream Partners in unit-for-unit simplification deal intended to simplify EnLink’s corporate structure.

ENLK common unitholders will receive 1.15 common units of ENLC for each ENLK unit owned. The combined company will retain the name EnLink Midstream and trade on the NYSE under the ENLC ticker symbol.

Late last week, Valero Energy agreed to acquire Valero Energy Partners for $42.25/unit. This represents a total value of $950 Million.

Enbridge says it expects to complete repairs on a damaged natural gas pipeline in British Columbia by mid-November and that the pipe will return to service at a reduced operating pressure.  The company placed an adjacent undamaged pipe into service last week after the two pipes were shut down earlier this month following a rupture and fire.

The pipeline transports about 1 Bcf/d of gas, supplying much of the gas needed for the western US states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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No tropical systems are being followed to start the week in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.

The latest National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast to close-out October shows a continuation of the colder than average temperatures across the eastern half of the United States.

Enjoy the remaining days of October!  That’s it for now.  Please tell a friend about GasNewsOnline.com.   We keep you in the know – for FREE!

Edition 9 – Thursday, October 18, 2018

We’re coming down the home stretch of October with an estimated 17% deficit in gas storage volumes heading into November’s start of the traditional winter heating  season.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com where we keep you posted on the latest natural gas news from a variety of public sources twice every week – for FREE!

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Let’s lead-off this edition with the latest gas storage data release from the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

On Thursday, the EIA’s weekly survey of natural gas in storage showed a weekly inventory gain of 81 Bcf for last week vs. a consensus estimate of 82 Bcf into storage.

Working gas in storage now totals 3.037 Trillion cubic feet as of Friday, October 12, 2018, according to EIA estimates.  This represents a net increase of 81 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were nearly 17% less than last year at this time and 17% below the five-year average.

Natural gas futures were down ten cents on Thursday, October 18 to about $3.21/MMBtu.

From the EIA’s “Today in Energy” publication, the October 9, 2018 rupture of Enbridge’s BC natural gas pipeline near Prince George, British Columbia, continues to affect natural gas supply, electricity generation, and petroleum refining in the Pacific Northwest. The BC Pipeline links natural gas production in northeastern British Columbia with distribution markets in Canada as well as Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Imports of natural gas through the pipeline, which in the first half of the year averaged 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) at the Sumas hub import point, fell to zero for a day after the rupture.

The rupture occurred on the 36-inch diameter mainline, one of two pipelines that make up the BC Pipeline system. Both pipelines were shut down and depressurized following the rupture.

The following day,  Enbridge restarted the second, smaller 30-inch diameter pipeline, which is now operating at 80% capacity.  The company has not announced a timeline on when it will complete the repair work.

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In other energy-related news:

Matador Resources says its San Mateo Midstream joint venture has entered into an agreement for the gathering and processing of natural gas production from an unnamed producer in the Permian Basin in New Mexico.

Matador Resources said San Mateo has now entered into contracts to provide firm gathering and processing services for more than 200 mmcf/day of natural gas, or more than 80% of the 260 mmcf/day designed inlet capacity at its Black River cryogenic natural gas processing plant.

Chevron USA announced a contribution of $500,000 from the Chevron Global Community Fund to assist with efforts to recover from the damage done by Hurricane Michael.

“Hurricane Michael has taken a devastating toll,” said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. “The communities will come back stronger than ever, but in the meantime, there are families who are struggling.  We are making this donation to help get these families the immediate assistance they need as they put their lives back together.”

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Now let’s check the latest critical postings from the electronic bulletin boards around the natural gas pipeline business:

Vector Pipeline:

Vector Pipeline – Critical Notice – Capacity Constraint at Rover – Update for Gas Day October 17, 2018.

This notice is for Shippers using Rover to make deliveries into the Vector System. Rover is currently delivering gas to Vector Pipeline that contains free liquids and does not meet the Gas Quality Specifications required by the Vector FERC Gas Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, 2.1 (b) and (h). At this time, Rover is working to remedy the situation but is not able to provide a time period for its resolution. Pursuant to Vector’s FERC Gas Tariff General Terms and Conditions, beginning Gas Day October 17, 2018, Vector will restrict all receipts at the Rover interconnection to zero until further notice. Further information will be communicated as it becomes available.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 26 SOUTHBOUND – GULF COAST #3 M/L (CS 304) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPDATE #4

 The project dates have been changed, as noted below.  This notice was last posted on October 11, 2018, entitled “SEGMENT 26 SOUTHBOUND – GULF COAST #3 M/L (CS 304) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPDATE #3”.

On gas day Thursday, November 1, 2018, and continuing through gas day Thursday, November 22, 2018, (previously Thursday, October 18, 2018 thru Saturday, October 27, 2018), Natural will be performing pipeline maintenance to install pigging facilities on the Gulf Coast #3 mainline near Compressor Station 304, located in Harrison County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports may not be available during this work.  Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

 

Also from NGPL:

SEGMENT 27 – GULF COAST #3 (CS 305) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPD#2 

The project dates has been changed, as noted below.  This notice was last posted on October 2, 2018, entitled “SEG 27 GC#3(CS 305) INSTALL LAUNCH-UPD#1”.

On gas day Friday, November 23, 2018, and continuing through gas day Friday, December 14, 2018(previously Monday, October 22, 2018 thru Saturday, November 10,2018), Natural will be performing pipeline maintenance to install pigging facilities on the Gulf Coast #3 mainline near Compressor Station 305, located in Miller County, Arkansas (Segment 27 of Natural’s Gulf Coast Mainline Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports may not be available during this work. Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Enable Gas Transmission:

October 16, 2018
EGT is hereby notifying its shippers of three new meters that will soon be available for nominations on its system:

Iron Horse  REC 290209  West 2 Pool  Grady County OK
Rockcliff  Z 290706  CP Pool  Panola TX
Blue Mountain  CRP 290564  West 1 Pool  Grady County OK

Once these points have been activated, a notice will be posted on EGT’s Operationally Available Capacity report.

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No tropical storms are reportedly moving toward the U.S. this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has posted their November, 2018 temperature forecast.   Based on the above normal temperatures being forecast for the entire United States in November, maybe it’s not time to put away the golf clubs just yet!

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Edition 8 – Monday, October 15, 2018

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com for Monday, October 15, 2018.  We work hard to bring you the latest publicly-sourced news and information concerning the natural gas business – for FREE!

Can you believe that we are at the halfway mark in October already?  Temperatures down south have plunged from 90 degrees over the weekend down into the 50’s to start the new week.  Did we just skip fall this year?

The gas pipelines are busy getting ready for the approaching traditional winter season from November through March.  Let’s take a look at some of the latest critical postings from the electronic bulletin boards from several interstate gas pipeline companies:

Vector Pipeline:

Vector Pipeline Critical Notice – Capacity Constraint at Rover

This notice is for Shippers using Rover to make deliveries into the Vector System. Rover is currently delivering gas to Vector Pipeline that contains free liquids and does not meet the Gas Quality Specifications required by the Vector FERC Gas Tariff. At this time, Rover has not provided a time period for resolution to the issue. Pursuant to Vector’s FERC Gas Tariff GT&C, Vector will reduce the scheduled quantities at the Rover receipt point beginning with the October 16, 2018 gas day and until further notice.

Vector’s receipt capacity at the Rover point will be determined based on Vector’s ability to  operationally manage non-conforming gas received from Rover.  As such, capacity at the Rover receipt point may be revised daily as circumstances change.

To minimize scheduled quantity reductions, Shippers are encouraged to seek supply from alternative receipt points on the Vector system. Further information will be communicated as it becomes available.

NEXUS Gas Transmission:

NEXUS Ready for Service – Notice Text:

NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS US) accepted nominations for its first day of gas flow, Saturday October 13, 2018.

Initially, TEAL facilities beginning at receipt meter N4995 (NEXUS Interconnect with Texas Eastern Transmission Mainline, Monroe Co, Ohio) and ending at delivery meter N4IL1 (Supply Zone to Market Zone In-Line Transfer point), which also includes meter N4993 (NEXUS Interconnect with TET, Open Lateral), will be in service along with Greenfield facilities interconnecting with DTE at Ypsilanti, Michigan (NEXUS meter N1001). However, meters within DTE and Vector facilities can be nominated for gas day 11/01/2018 forward. NEXUS will provide another notification when additional meters are available on the TEAL facility.

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

AGT Imbalance Notice and FERC Order 698 — Update – Notice Text:

As previously posted, Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. Effective 9:00 AM CCT, October 16, 2018, AGT requires all delivery point operators keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative. All receipt point operators are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

CGT would like to notify its customers of an upcoming tariff filing to be filed on or before November 1, 2018.

CGT will be filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adjust its Transportation Retainage Adjustment (TRA), requesting an effective date of December 1, 2018.  Additionally, CGT is proposing modifications to its tariff to re-institute separate directional south-to-north and north-to-south mainline retainage rates.

A copy of the draft filing is attached below for your convenience and can be found under the Presentation section of CGT’s EBB. This filing reflects CGT’s estimated retainage rates.  To the extent any additional real-time adjustments occur, the filing made with FERC on November 1st will reflect those adjustments.

Enable Gas Transmission:

CHILES DOME – END OF SEASON MAINTENANCE – Notice Text:

This Operational Alert (OA) is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C of EGT s Tariff to notify shippers of planned end-of-season maintenance at its Chiles Dome Storage Facility (located in southeastern Oklahoma).

Beginning November 16, 2018, EGT will begin end-of-season storage maintenance at its Chiles Dome Storage Facility.  EGT expects to complete the maintenance on November 30, 2018.

Shippers system-wide shall maintain actual receipts and deliveries commensurate with scheduled volumes.  EGT will have limited operational flexibility to manage pipeline imbalances and anticipates it will be unable to support unscheduled long positions.  EGT may reduce scheduled receipts intraday to balance with the corresponding deliveries as necessary to maintain system deliverability and operational integrity.  EGT requires all delivery point operators to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities, regardless of their cumulative imbalance position, unless scheduled with EGT.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Natural will hold a WebEx Winter Scheduling review on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM Central Time, to discuss anticipated scheduling impacts to shippers for the upcoming winter.  Natural would appreciate your participation.  Here are the dial-in directions.

Paste the following link in your browser:

https://webmeet.kindermorgan.com/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=f319b23c8b1216a3cbf2e95ae45f52dc

Meeting Number: 993 679 244

Meeting Password: NGPLCustMeet

Audio Connection: 713-420-6338

Access Code: 993 679 244

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The aftermath of Hurricane Michael left millions of people in the southeastern United States without power.  Here are some of the latest postings from a few of the largest power companies:

Dominion Energy reported that more than 6,000 workers have made substantial progress in restoring service in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Michael. About 80 percent of the 600,000 customers who lost power have been restored but about 120,000 customers remained without service in hard-hit areas of central and southern Virginia including the Hampton Roads area.

Duke Energy reported that about 4,000 repair workers continued to restore power to the company’s customers on the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael. The company has repaired more than 62,000 outages, but about 14,000 customers remained without power as of Monday morning.

And Southern Company, which operates in several southeastern states, said that Hurricane Michael caused outages to 614,000 customers.

As of Noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 15, Georgia Power has restored power to 97 percent, or more than 375,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Michael.

More than 140,000 Gulf Power customers were impacted by Hurricane Michael. Already, 95 percent of all customers who can receive power in Panama City Beach west of Highway 79 have been restored. Gulf Power anticipates 95 percent of their customers who can accept electric service will be restored by next Wednesday,  October 24 – just 14 days after Hurricane Michael made landfall.

Alabama Power crews completed restoration work to 83,000 customers in Alabama on Sunday morning.

Nationwide, electric companies mobilized an army of more than 35,000 workers from at least 27 states and Canada to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s “Today in Energy” publication is forecasting natural gas storage inventories will reach 3.26 trillion cubic feet at the end of October, the lowest end-of-October level for U.S. natural gas inventories since 2005.

Lingering cold temperatures in April 2018, the coldest April in the past 21 years, delayed the start of the natural gas storage refill season by about four weeks.

On the supply side, the EIA said that U.S. natural gas production has averaged a record 82.7 Bcf/d in 2018, an 11% increase from 2017. With production outpacing domestic consumption, the United States has transitioned to being a net exporter of natural gas.

For the year, the EIA expects U.S. gross exports of natural gas to average 10.1 Bcf/d in 2018, a 16% increase from the previous year, with most of the growth coming from exports of liquefied natural gas.

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As of late Monday October 15, the National Hurricane Center indicates that there are no tropical systems expected to threaten the US Gulf Coast or eastern seaboard over the next several days.

If you like cold weather over the next week, head to the upper Midwest and along the east coast of the United States.  Here is the latest National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast through October 25, 2018:

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Edition 7 – Thursday, October 11, 2018

Welcome back for the Thursday, October 11, 2018 edition of  GasNewsOnline.com!  We work hard to keep you current on events and issues affecting the natural gas business from a variety of publicly-available sources of data – for FREE!

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As of late Thursday afternoon, Tropical Storm Michael was motoring northeastward through North Carolina and heading toward the Atlantic Ocean.  Would you believe that the National Hurricane Center track shows this storm will eventually make landfall once again on Monday – in France?  Americans gladly say “Au revoir, Michael!”

Just one day earlier, a strong Category 4 Hurricane Michael made landfall just east of Panama City, Florida.  Prior to that, the storm knocked-out 42% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico daily crude oil production and nearly a third of natural gas production, the largest reductions in a year, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Nearly 719,000 bbl/day of oil and 812 MMcf/day of natural gas was shut-in.  Offshore operators in the Gulf of Mexico had evacuated workers from 59 Gulf production platforms earlier this week.

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Below is a summary of some of the latest critical notices from the interstate natural gas pipeline companies across the country as of Thursday, October 11:

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Dated October 10, 2018 – Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (TE) hereby declares a Force Majeure in accordance with Section 17 of the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff.  The Force Majeure event is due to the  unplanned outage at its Waynesburg Compressor Station in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania which occurred Wednesday, October 10.  While efforts to repair the compressor station to full capacity are underway, the estimated time of restoration is unclear at this time.
As a result of this unplanned outage, TE will schedule the following meter to 0 Dth for gas day October 11, 2018 and for the duration of this outage:

73152 – COLUMBIA GAS-WAYNESBURG

Also on Texas Eastern

Posted October 10, 2018:  Eagle Station to Chester Junction Line 1A Detailed Investigation — UPDATE

As previously posted, TE is conducting further detailed investigations on its 20″ Line 1A between Eagle Station and Chester Junction. The pressure reduction will continue on Chester Junction Line 1-A-1 resulting in reduced capacity of approximately 64,000 Dth.

Furthermore, effective 9:00 AM Gas Day Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, October 19, 2018, the capacity on the Chester Junction Line 1-A-1 will be reduced to 0 Dth/d (zero flow) and the following meters will be unavailable for flow:

70035 – PECO ENERGY – TILGHMAN ST. – CHESTER, PA
72863 – DELMARVA POWER & LIGHT – NEW CASTLE, DE (ULTRA SONIC MTRS)
73212 – PECO – EAGLE, CHESTER CO., PA. (DEL)

Southern Natural Gas:

Southern will be conducting maintenance our Ellerslie (Georgia) compressor station starting on 10-15-18 to 10-18-18.  Segment 490 capacity of 1,547 Mdth/d could potentially be impacted up to 286 Mdth/d during this maintenance.

On Tuesday 10-16-18, Southern will also be conducting maintenance at our Auburn compressor station that will increase Segment 490 potential impact up to a total of 468 Mdth/d.

Interruptible and secondary out-of-path firm transportation may be affected.

Colorado Interstate Gas:

Due to the continuing colder weather in conjunction with upcoming Fall Storage Field Maintenance, Colorado Interstate Gas Company receipt point operators supplying gas into CIG’s pipeline should monitor their flow rates to ensure natural gas flows do not fall short of scheduled quantities. Delivery point operators taking deliveries from CIG’s pipeline should monitor their flow rates to ensure natural gas flows do not exceed scheduled quantities

CIG is declaring a Strained Operation Condition (SOC) for the transmission system to be effective for Timely Cycle, Gas Day 12 and remain in effect until further notice.

Sabine Pipe Line LLC

CRITICAL NOTICE OF RECEIPT LIMITATIONS

Effective for the Gas Day (Saturday) October 13, 2018, and thereafter until further notice, due to upstream operating conditions, Sabine Pipe Line LLC is limiting total receipt nominations to a maximum of 50,000 MMBtu/day  at the following Henry Hub receipt point:

Location Name:

TRUNKLINE (LOW) /HENRY HUB

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From the Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update published today:

Net storage injections to working gas totaled 90 billion cubic feet (Bcf) (vs. a consensus estimate of +91 Bcf) for the week ending October 5.   Working natural gas stocks are 2,956 Bcf, which is 17% lower than the year-ago level and 17% lower than the five-year (2013–17) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 73¢, averaging $10.07/MMBtu for the week ending October 10.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, October 2, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 189. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 2 to 861. The total rig count decreased by 2, and it now stands at 1,052.

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In the latest corporate business news involving the natural gas business:

NTSB issues preliminary report today on issues related to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

On September 13, 2018, a series of explosions and fires occurred after high-pressure natural gas was released into a low-pressure gas distribution system in the city of Lawrence and towns of Andover and North Andover, Massachusetts (north of Boston).

The distribution system is owned and operated by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (Columbia Gas), a subsidiary of NiSource.

According to today’s preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the overpressured gas system  damaged 131 structures and destroyed at least 5 homes. Most of the damage was a result of structure fires ignited by gas-fueled appliances. Several structures were completely destroyed by natural gas explosions.

One person was killed and at least 21 individuals, including 2 firefighters, were transported to the hospital. Seven other firefighters received minor injuries.

A work package developed by Columbia Gas “did not account for the location of the sensing lines or require their relocation to ensure the regulators were sensing actual system pressure,” the NTSB report says.

The cast-iron, low-pressure distribution system was installed in the early 1900s and had been partially improved with both steel and plastic pipe upgrades since the 1950s.

The low-pressure distribution system in the affected area relied on 14 regulator stations to control gas at the required pressure into structures serviced by the system.  This is unlike newer high-pressure gas distribution systems that place an individual regulator to reduce pressure at each customer service location.

Each of the regulator stations reduced the pipeline pressure down from about 75-pounds per square inch gauge to less than 1 pound of pressure upon residential delivery to customers.

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On Thursday, British Petroleum (BP) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an agreement which will secure an increased supply of renewable natural gas (also called RNG) through Clean Energy’s extensive natural gas fueling infrastructure as more fleets are requesting the cleaner-burning fuel.

Renewable natural gas is also known as biomethane.  It is produced entirely from organic wastes and is burned as a fuel in heavy-duty trucks.  Clean Energy will share in the environmental credit revenues generated from the incremental RNG volume.

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Earlier this week,  Antero Resources agreed to acquire all of the outstanding common units of Antero Midstream Partners in an attempt to simplify the company’s structure.  The combined entity will be renamed Antero Midstream Corp.

Finally, Williams announced that its Transco interstate pipeline system has executed binding, 15-year commitments with Seneca Resources Company and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for 100 percent of the 580 million dekatherms of firm transportation capacity under its proposed Leidy South expansion project.

The project will further connect gas supplies in the Marcellus and Utica producing region in Pennsylvania with growing demand centers along the Atlantic Seaboard as early as the fourth quarter of 2021.  The completion date is based on receiving regulatory approvals in a timely manner.

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As we near the middle of October, the National Weather Service has updated its 8-14 day forecast through October 25th.

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Edition 6 – Monday, October 8, 2018

Hurricane Michael formed quickly in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend and is currently forecast to affect the Florida Panhandle region by as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We scour all public sources of information to bring you the latest natural gas pipeline outages, gas storage news, and relevant weather and temperature forecasts which move the needle on natural gas supplies and demand.

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Let’s start this week with the latest news about Hurricane Michael as of Monday evening, October 8:

Michael is strengthening as it heads toward Florida, forecast to become the second hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in a month.

The fast-moving storm has already shut in some oil and natural-gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. Michael is expected to skirt the eastern Gulf before making landfall on the Florida panhandle by midweek. Currently a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, it could increase to a 2 or 3 by the time it reaches the U.S. on Wednesday.

“Steady to rapid strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

The storm could generate a 12-foot surge, and 4-8 inches of rain in the region, with isolated areas getting as much as 12 inches.   As of Monday evening, below is the official National Hurricane Center forecast with maximum winds.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  08/2100Z 22.2N  85.2W   70 KT  80 MPH
 12H  09/0600Z 23.7N  85.7W   85 KT 100 MPH
 24H  09/1800Z 25.7N  86.4W   95 KT 110 MPH
 36H  10/0600Z 27.9N  86.6W  105 KT 120 MPH
 48H  10/1800Z 30.2N  85.8W  100 KT 115 MPH...NEAR THE COAST
 72H  11/1800Z 34.5N  80.5W   45 KT  50 MPH...INLAND
 96H  12/1800Z 39.8N  68.8W   55 KT  65 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
120H  13/1800Z 46.2N  50.0W   60 KT  70 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

Duke Energy Corp. warned customers in the region to prepare for potential outages.

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Now, let’s take a look at some of the latest postings from the interstate pipeline grid:

ANR Pipeline:

October 9th through 23rd, ANR is performing planned compressor and station maintenance at the Eunice Compressor Station located in the Southeast Area Segment (Zone 1).

As a result, ANR will have limited delivery capacity and lower pressures and will restrict the following locations:

– Eunice Eastbound (LOC #226641): 460-MMcf/d (See PSO ID #8924)
– Eunice Total (LOC #505592): 750-MMcf/d (See PSO ID #8923)

Due to pressure incompatibility and lower pressures, the following delivery meters will be scheduled to 0-MMcf/d:

– LOWRY PLANT INLET (LOC #28554)
– PINE PRAIRIE NORTH DEL (LOC #490941) (See CN ID #8919)
– PINE PRAIRIE SOUTH DEL (LOC #766185) (See CN ID #8918)

Due to pressure incompatibility and lower pressures, the following delivery meters will be limited to Firm Primary only nominations:

– GRAND CHENIER/LRC (LOC #7695)
– RIVERWAY (TO BRIDGELINE) (LOC #42593)
– ST. MARTINVILLE E TO LRC (LOC #218192)
– DURALDE EVANGELINE INT (LOC #312115)

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that this posting WILL reduce IT and Firm Secondary volumes to 0 and possibly the capacity allocation of a portion of Firm Primary volumes. Since ANR anticipates that this restriction may impact its ability to deliver all nominated Firm Primary services, ANR will apply the Reservation Charge Crediting Mechanism of Section 6.36.4 as necessary. This posting will be updated as more information becomes available.

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT will be performing maintenance on the compressor units at the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect in Stone County, Mississippi (POI 10258). This maintenance is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day October 13, 2018.  During this maintenance, zero volumes will be scheduled at the interconnect. During normal operations, FGT schedules up to 60,000 MMBtu/day through the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Critical: Y:  Notice Eff Date: 10/11/2018

The Gilmore Station (Ohio) is expected to be returned to service on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

Emerson Eastbound Available Capacity

Due to planned and unplanned pipeline and compressor maintenance at various compressor stations, the Emerson Eastbound capacity will be reduced as follows:

By 553-MMcf/d (leaving 1,748-MMcf/d available)  10/8 – 10/14
By 262-MMcf/d (leaving 2,039-MMcf/d available)  10/15 – 10/20
By 39-MMcf/d (leaving 2,262-MMcf/d available)  10/21 – 10/31

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that this posting may result in the capacity allocation reduction of IT and Firm Secondary volumes.

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Finally, here is a look at the updated six-to-ten day national temperature forecast from the National Weather Service through October 18.

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Edition 5 – Thursday, October 4, 2018

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We help you locate relevant and timely critical postings from the Electronic Bulletin Boards of the major natural gas pipelines in the United States.  We also review publicly released information from the United States Energy Information Administration, monitor corporate news releases, and, of course, bring you the latest extended temperature forecasts from the U.S. National Weather Service.  All of this for the low, low price of “FREE”!

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Below is a sampling of critical notices from several interstate gas pipelines for Thursday, October 4, 2018:

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Eagle Station to Chester Junction Line 1A – Detailed Investigation:

While conducting its previously posted Dept of Transportation-mandated Pipeline Integrity Program, Texas Eastern Transmission (TE) has determined that further detailed investigations are required on its 20″ Line 1-A between Eagle Station and Chester Junction (located northwest of Philadelphia). As a result, effective Gas Day October 3, 2018, TE will be required to reduce pressure while Texas Eastern conducts these investigations.

This pressure reduction will result in capacity on Chester Junction Line 1-A-1 to be reduced to approximately 64,000 Dth/d.  Based on current nominations, Texas Eastern does not anticipate any restrictions related to these investigations at this time; however, if flow patterns change, restrictions may be required for interruptible and secondary services.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

As part of its commitment to communicate current operating conditions to customers, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) is issuing the following Operational Advisory effective Saturday, October 6, 2018 through Monday, October 8, 2018.

TCO may limit storage injections to firm quantities only, which would constitute a Critical Day in storage.  The potential for a storage Critical Day is due primarily to scheduled construction and maintenance, forecasted supply receipts, and reduced market demands resulting in anticipated high daily levels of injections into customer’s storage accounts for the upcoming weekend.

Vector Pipeline:

The Springville (Indiana) Compressor Station modifications have been postponed and are now projected to start on Friday, October 5, 2018.  This work is expected to last up to 12 weeks.

Firm services will not be impacted, but interruptible services may be restricted on the western segment of the system during this time.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Notice Effective Date/Time: 10/02/2018 03:30:00PM

Notice End Date/Time: 10/12/2018 09:00:00 AM

Subject: Kiln Compressor Station Maintenance (Update)

The following locations/location groups will be shut in for the duration of the maintenance:

– SLN 2687 Kiln (To Tennessee Gas)

– SLN 2921 Kiln (From Tennessee Gas)

Capacity could be impacted by as much as 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.  Gulf South will be working with point operators to reduce impact.

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From the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” dated October 4, 2018:

The EIA released its weekly natural gas storage report today.  The natural gas inventory gained +98 Bcf vs. the +88 Bcf consensus estimate.

This week’s volume more than doubled last week’s injection total of 46 Bcf.  Still, working natural gas stocks are 18% lower than the year-ago level and 17% lower than the five-year average for this week.

With the higher-than-expected storage injection volumes on Thursday, November’s gas futures price declined by almost 4 cents to $3.191/MMBtu.

The EIA’s release showed the natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas gained $.43 and averaged $10.80/MMBtu for the week ending October 3. The price of natural gasoline, ethane, propane, butane, and isobutane all rose from 2% to 7% over the past week.

The EIA is reporting that, according to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, September 25, the natural gas rig count increased by 3 to 189. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 3 to 863. The total rig count now stands at 1,054.

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Here are a few energy news releases from Thursday, October 4, 2018:

Williams today reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the Company’s request to place its Atlantic Sunrise project into full service. The Company plans to place the project into full service beginning Saturday, Oct. 6.

The project increases the design capacity of the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline system, the largest-volume natural gas pipeline system in the United States, by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (12 percent) to 15.8 billion cubic feet per day. In the process, the project will further strengthen and extend the bi-directional flow of the Transco system, directly connecting Marcellus Shale gas supplies with markets as far south as Alabama.

Duke Energy is installing up to 530 electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations within the state of Florida through 2019 that will provide the necessary infrastructure network to promote and support the benefits of clean electric transportation.

The company is working with various communities to install the units for public use in multi-unit dwellings, workplaces and locations with broad public access, such as sites in high traffic corridors.

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Looking ahead to the National Weather Service extended 8-14 day weather forecast into October’s third week, the colder-than-seasonal temperatures continue to push eastward into the Great Lakes region with cooler-than-average temperatures expected coast-to-coast west of the Mississippi River.  The Middle Atlantic and the Southeast US states are expected to have above normal temperatures through middle October.

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Edition 4 – Monday, October 1, 2018

Welcome into October!  This month promises to be quite busy for scheduled maintenance work and preparations on the natural gas pipeline grid in advance of the winter season.

Beginning along the east coast and working west, let’s take a look at some of the latest postings from the interstate gas pipeline electronic bulletin boards to start the work week:

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia’s current working gas storage inventory and the prior two years inventory for the same week are as follows:  As of 10 AM (EST) Monday, October 1:

9/28/2018        210,554 mmcf

9/29/2017        242,984 mmcf

9/30/2016        241,920 mmcf

Midwestern Gas Transmission:

Effective October 1, 2018, beginning with the ID1 Cycle, Midwestern Gas Transmission (MGT) will restore the Channahon (Illinois) delivery point capacity from 120,000 mcf and 126,000 dth, back to 180,000 mcf and 189,000 dth.  Effective September 19, 2018, Midwestern Gas Transmission (MGT) had decreased the Channahon point capacity.

Northern Natural Gas:

During the month of October, Northern is anticipating a greater likelihood of storage injection allocations due to anticipated lower system demand and increased daily firm storage injection nominations. Northern will have a limited ability to accommodate interruptible storage injections and long system imbalances. Interruptible storage injections, including firm deferred delivery overrun, may be allocated. Firm storage injections will not be impacted.

Trailblazer Pipeline:

On Gas Day Monday October 1, 2018 through Gas Day Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Trailblazer will be performing maintenance at its Compressor Station 601. Operating capacity will be limited to 830 MDth/d through Segment 20. At this capacity level, secondary firm quantities as well as ITS/AOR are at risk of not being scheduled.

Northwest Pipeline Company:

Northwest would like to remind customers of the Jackson Prairie scheduled storage maintenance October 1-12, 2018.  Northwest will not be accepting injection or withdrawal nominations during the outage.

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From the Monday, October 1 2018 edition of the EIA’s “Today in Energy” publication:

Through June of 2018, net natural gas exports from the United States averaged 0.87 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), more than double the average daily net exports during all of 2017 (0.34 Bcf/d). The United States became a net natural gas exporter on an annual basis in 2017 for the first time in almost 60 years.

Total U.S. LNG export capacity reached 3.6 Bcf/d in March 2018.

The LNG facility at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass in Louisiana has an export capacity of 2.8 Bcf/d, which includes the recently completed Train 4.

Cove Point LNG in Maryland, which has an export capacity of 0.8 Bcf/d, delivered its first cargo in March 2018 and entered full commercial service in April. In the first two full months of operation after the capacity additions (May and June), Cove Point exported an average of 0.57 Bcf/d (76%) of its capacity.

Another four LNG facilities are under construction and planned to enter into service by the end of 2019, tripling U.S. LNG export capacity to 9.6 Bcf/d.

In other energy business news:

American Midstream Partners, LP announced the Board of Directors of American Midstream GP, LLC (“GP Board”) received an unsolicited non-binding proposal from affiliates of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund V, L.P. (“ArcLight”), directed to members of the GP Board, pursuant to which ArcLight would acquire all common units of the Partnership that ArcLight and its affiliates do not already own in exchange for $6.10 per common unit.  If approved, it is currently expected that the transaction would be consummated through a merger of the Partnership with a subsidiary of ArcLight.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation says it has completed the acquisition of Andeavor  (formerly known as Tesoro until mid-2017).  This makes the company the largest independent U.S. refiner by capacity.

MPC now controls 16 refineries in the U.S. with a combined throughput capacity of 3 million barrels/day, and owns and operates more than 16,000 miles of pipeline and more than 11,000 retail gas stations.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary R. Heminger said, “MPC is now the leading refining, midstream, and marketing company in the U.S. and is well-positioned for long-term growth and shareholder value creation.”

Encana Corporation has agreed to sell its San Juan assets located in New Mexico for $480 Million to Denver-based DJR Energy.

Encana said the assets include 182,000 net acres which averaged production of 5,400 barrels of oil per day in 2017.  The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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In weather news, the tropics are fairly quiet with only one named storm (Tropical Storm Leslie) meandering in the middle Atlantic.  According to the National Hurricane Center, T.S. Leslie is not expected to strengthen early this week and does not pose a threat to the United States for this week.

The National Weather Service has updated its six-to-ten day forecast for the second full week of October.  From the looks of it, even the country’s weather looks to be divided between the blue states and the red ones for next week!

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