Monday, May 20, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  As severe weather pounds the plains of Oklahoma and Texas again today, spot natural gas prices are rebounding slightly in advance of June’s NYMEX close. 

Today, we’ll also review the latest interstate pipeline company critical notices plus provide an update on latest energy news and give you the latest National Weather Service temperature forecast for the month of June, too.

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At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) today, the price of the June 2019 contract increased by nearly four cents to about $2.67/MMBtu on Monday.  The price of the 12-month strip averaging June 2019 through May 2020 futures contracts has gained about six cents the past week to nearly $2.81/MMBtu. 

From the US Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” publication…

Net injections to working gas totaled 106 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending May 10. Working natural gas stocks are 1.653 Tcf, which is 15% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by five cents, averaging $5.73/MMBtu for the week ending May 15. The price of ethane and natural gasoline fell by 2% and 1%, respectively. The price of propane, isobutane, and butane rose by 3%, 2%, and 1%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, May 7, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 183. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 2 to 805. The total rig count decreased by 2, and it now stands at 988.

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Global investment firm KKR and Western Natural Resources, LLC (“Western”) today announced a new partnership to acquire producing and undeveloped oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin.

Western’s CEO Heath Mireles and his team bring extensive operating experience to the partnership, having drilled, completed and operated thousands of wells over the Williston Basin’s long history. The Western team will leverage their collective experiences from time spent at large public operators as well as other private companies to acquire, manage and develop producing wells and drilling locations throughout the play.

Ben Conner, Director on KKR’s Energy Real Assets team, said, “The Williston continues to be a core area of focus for us as we see a significant opportunity to acquire high quality producing assets with attractive long-term value creation opportunities to be delivered through superior technical and operational execution. We have known Heath and members of his team for years and believe our partnership is well positioned to acquire and manage assets in the Williston for the long run.”

Western is a private company focused on the acquisition and exploitation of upstream oil and gas assets. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, its primary objective is to build and operate a large-scale portfolio of producing oil and gas wells and drilling locations in the Williston Basin.

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Today, NRG Energy, Inc. agreed to acquire Dallas-based Stream Energy’s retail electricity and natural gas business for $300 million plus working capital in an all-cash transaction.

“This transaction will strengthen NRG’s position as a growing, customer-driven energy company. It represents another step in perfecting our integrated business model,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer, NRG Energy. “Stream Energy’s retail energy business provides NRG an attractive opportunity to increase our national retail leadership position and potential for growth.”

Stream Energy, one of the largest direct selling companies in the energy market and one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, serves more than 600,000 Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) in nine states and the District of Columbia. The transaction is expected to increase NRG’s market share in Texas, Pennsylvania and a number of other markets in the Eastern U.S., accelerating the pace of growth in these markets. The combination will also enhance NRG’s multi-brand strategy.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019 and is subject to various customary closing conditions, approvals and consents, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Georgia Public Service Commission, and antitrust review under Hart-Scott-Rodino.

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Late last week, Freeport LNG announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct and operate its fourth natural gas liquefaction train, to be integrated into its existing natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas. Approval from the U.S. Department of Energy for the export of Train 4 volumes to non-Free Trade Agreement countries is anticipated later this quarter.

Freeport LNG’s Train 4 is expected to add over 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG production to its existing project, increasing the total export capability of the 4-train facility to over 20 mtpa. Approximately 13.5 mtpa of this capacity has been contracted under 20-year tolling agreements to Osaka Gas Trading & Export, LLC, JERA Energy America, LLC, BP Energy Company, Toshiba America LNG Corporation, and SK E&S LNG, LLC, and approximately 0.5 mtpa has been contracted to Trafigura PTE LTD under a 3-year sale and purchase agreement commencing in 2020.

Train 4 operations are anticipated to commence in 2023.

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Now, let’s check the latest critical notices from the interstate natural gas pipeline grid:

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) continues to work with upstream operators due to the operational event experienced by Markwest at the originally referenced Salem Plant.  Markwest has since clarified that the outage was on a line feeding the Hopedale Fractionation Plant in Salem, WV. 

TCO encourages customers to coordinate with its upstream operator regarding scheduled volumes for Gas Days Monday, May 20, 2019 and Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 

At this time, the operational event is anticipated to be resolved later today, May 20, 2019.  TCO will provide an update as soon as information becomes available.  Please contact your Customer Services Representative with any questions.

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Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) has been notified of an operational event at the Markwest Salem Plant that is impacting scheduled deliveries into TCO.  TCO is working closely with Markwest and upstream operators to assess the impact, as well as a timeline for repairs. The Markwest Salem Plant impacts deliveries into TCO at the following points: 

642452 – CMG Majorsville

643053 – Gibraltar III

643106 – Majorsville-LXP

642645 – Sherwood1

642824 – Smithfield-Mobley

643185 – Sherwood-MXP

842867 – Braxton 

The current estimated impact is a reduction in supply on the TCO system of approximately 2.1 MMDth, necessitating a curtailment of scheduled volumes by the upstream point operators effective ID1 Cycle for Gas Day Sunday, May 19, 2019 and Timely Cycle for Gas Day Monday, May 20, 2019.  

El Paso Natural Gas:

EPNG remains concerned about delivery point operators taking their gas according to their scheduled quantities as a result of the forecast below average temperatures in the Desert Southwest. The SOC Warning for a high linepack condition issued on May 17, 2019 (Notice No. 605375) remains in effect.  

Washington Ranch is on maximum injection. 

Delivery point operators are encouraged to continue to take gas according to their scheduled quantities.  If the situation fails to improve EPNG will declare an SOC for a PACK condition. 

Supply operators are encouraged to reduce and/or maintain their deliveries into the EPNG system at their scheduled rates.   

Payback to the system, such as Payback (Imbalance Payback to TSP), may be limited or denied due to operational concerns related to the potential for a high linepack condition.  For scheduling questions, please call your scheduling representative at (800) 238-3764.

Also from El Paso:

EPNG will be conducting bottom hole surveys at the Washington Ranch Storage Facility starting Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14. During this scheduled maintenance, operational flexibility will be extremely limited as no injection or withdrawal from the storage facility will be possible.   

Shippers are strongly encouraged to closely monitor their receipts and deliveries to ensure that their transportation is balanced during this time frame. If significant and persistent imbalances are experienced, EPNG may need to issue an SOC or COC, and/or take the necessary action to limit excess receipts into the system. 

Northern Natural Gas:

The results of the recent in-line inspections for sections of Northern’s pipeline system between the Beaver, Oklahoma and Mullinville, Kansas compressor stations have come back favorable and no additional reduction in operating capacity for Beaver North (Group 1025) is necessary.

The outage capacity will remain at 820,000 Dth for the group. As a result, Northern is willing to sell incremental capacity up to 62,259 Dth through Beaver North for Gas Day May 21, 2019.

Northwest Pipeline:

Due to high inventory levels at the Jackson Prairie storage facility (JP), Northwest is no longer accepting IT storage injections at JP beginning gas day Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Northwest is not currently requesting SGS-2I storage customers vacate the facility.  Northwest will provide notice to begin the interruptible service vacate process when the Jackson Prairie facility balance is approximately 90 percent full. Discretion will be used to determine the percentage each interruptible storage customer will be required to vacate allowing Northwest to meet its firm obligations at the facility. Upon said notice, SGS-2I shippers will have seven (7) days to comply.

Northwest would also like to remind its shippers that the storage inventory levels as well as Park and Loan availability is posted each morning on Northwest’s website at www.northwest.williams.com.

Please contact your Marketing Services Representative or the Northwest Pipeline Hotline at (801) 584-7301 if you have any questions.

Southern Natural Gas:

On Tuesday May 21, 2019, Southern will post the May/June/July and other 2019 Maintenance projects.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1:30 PM (Central Time) Southern will conduct a conference call/WebEx meeting and review the posted information.  For more information on how to participate in the conference call/WebEx, please review the Southern Natural Gas EBB posting dated May 20, 2019.

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The National Weather Service has published their initial temperature forecast for the upcoming month of June.  Temperatures are expected to be warmer than average along the Atlantic coast as well as along the Pacific coast.   Meanwhile, several states in the midsection of the country from the Dakotas and Nebraska down to Texas are shown with cooler than seasonal weather for June. 

That’s all for this Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  Please let your friends in the natural gas scheduling and transportation business know about us! 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  We always review the country’s interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their most recent critical postings and bring you information about changes in pipeline operating conditions. 

Plus, we will update you on the latest publicly released news from major energy companies and provide the extended temperature forecast for the next few weeks from the National Weather Service, too.  

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage was estimated at 1,653 Bcf as of Friday, May 10, 2019. This represents a net increase of 106 Bcf from the previous week.

Stocks were 130 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 286 Bcf below the five-year average of 1,939 Bcf. At 1,653 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.

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OG& E Chairman, President and CEO Sean Trauschke today told the company’s shareholders that the company is “strong and built for the long term.” Speaking at the company’s annual meeting, Trauschke said he was pleased with the performance of OG&E, Oklahoma’s largest investor-owned utility, and Enable Midstream, in which the company owns interest, as both had contributed to the company’s ability to invest in its customers, and maintain utility rates that are 31 percent below the national average.

“2018 will be the benchmark the company uses to gauge future performance. OG&E completed its largest ever investment program, wrapping up more than $6 billion of infrastructure investment since 2011, on time, under budget and while receiving recognition as the safest utility in the Southeastern Electric Exchange,” Trauschke said. “At Enable, we’re seeing continued solid operational and financial results, while volumes are increasing across all of their business segments.”

Looking ahead, he said the company will continue to focus on growing the business through an enhanced customer experience at affordable rates. “The new assets we’ve put into operation have increased fleet resiliency for customer benefit. We will continue to leverage our smart meters and technology that increases reliability and reduces outage response and restoration times.”

OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a regulated electric utility serving approximately 852,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. In addition, OGE holds a 25.5 percent limited partner interest and a 50 percent general partner interest of Enable Midstream Partners, LP.

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On Tuesday, Sempra Energy celebrated the completion of construction of Train 1 of the Cameron LNG export project in Hackberry, La., with a group of international, federal, state and local officials, including the U.S. president and members of the U.S. administration. The celebratory visit coincided with today’s announcement that Cameron LNG is producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the first liquefaction train of the three-train facility, a major commissioning milestone.

Sempra Energy set a goal in 2018 to become the largest developer of North American LNG export infrastructure, targeting 45 million tonnes per annum of LNG export capacity to serve global markets. 

“With a renaissance in domestic energy production, Sempra Energy is pleased to advance America as one of the world’s largest exporters of LNG,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.  “We are committed to providing a cleaner fuel source to the global markets while supporting job creation right here at home.”

Cameron LNG Phase 1 is one of five LNG projects Sempra Energy is developing in North America. Other projects under development include Cameron LNG Phase 2, previously authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which could include up to two additional liquefaction trains and up to two additional LNG storage tanks; Port Arthur LNG in Texas, which recently was approved by FERC; and Energía Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico.

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Several interstate natural gas pipeline companies have posted notices warning customers that there isn’t much room left for excess gas supplies heading into the weekend. Let’s review the latest EBB postings:

ANR Pipeline:

ANR will begin planned maintenance at the Brownsville (Tennessee) Compressor Station located in the Southeast Southern Segment (Zone 2). The total Brownsville Southbound (LOC #1260569) capacity will be reduced by the following:

230-MMcf/d (leaving 900-MMcf/d available) 5/20-5/22

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. 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. Additionally, customers may experience lower than normal line pressures south of the Brownsville Compressor Station.

The estimated impact to Firm Primary is as follows:

17% – Based on the Current Net Southbound Shipper Nominations
20% – Based on the Current Southbound Contracted MDQ

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of upcoming pigging on MXP Line 100 (previously posted on the Construction and Maintenance Schedule) beginning Tuesday, May 21, 2019 through Friday, May 24, 2019.   Due to the pigging, the below impact is anticipated for the following Gas Days: 

643131 – Corral:

May 21, 2019 – 0 Non-Firm

SHERWODB – Sherwood B MA42:

May 21, 2019 – 940,000 Total Capacity

MXPSEG – MXPSEG MA42:

May 22, 2019 – 1,720,000 Total Capacity

May 23, 2019 – 1,600,000 Total Capacity

May 24, 2019 – 1,600,000 Total Capacity 

Based on current scheduled volumes, there are no anticipated reductions to firm service. As a reminder, the impacted capacities will not be reinstated until the work is complete, which may impact Timely and Evening Cycle nominations for Gas Day May 25, 2019. 

Reservation charge credits will be determined per the process set forth in the General Terms and Conditions, Section 38 of TCO’s FERC Gas Tariff.  Any shipper eligible for reservation charge credits should review this section and comply with the described process to ensure receipt of any credits.  

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

Effective Gas Day May 16, 2019, Timely Cycle and continuing until further notice, Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline (DEQP) will not allow in-kind imbalance payback to the pipeline and is requiring shippers and point operators to have production volumes aligned with scheduled nominations.

This notice is due to the high inventory in DEQP’s Clay Basin balancing account and current pipeline conditions resulting in minimal line pack available for balancing.

Customers with questions should contact their DEQP representative or call the Customer Service Hotline at (801)324-5200.

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

Effective immediately, GTN Pipeline is issuing an OFO watch. GTN Pipeline is concerned about the operational integrity of its system as a result of high line pressures.

The OFO watch is in effect through gas day Tuesday May 21st, in order to allow for GTN pipeline system to regain its operational integrity. GTN has limited flexibility to manage imbalances and strongly encourages all shippers manage their system requirements to ensure the matching of receipts and deliveries daily.

Absent voluntary imbalance management by shippers to ensure daily balancing, GTN may be required to take further action, including the immediate issuance of an imbalance Operational Flow Order. If further action is required, it may be necessary for that action to become effective immediately, with no additional prior notice available.

This posting will be updated as more information becomes available. Please contact your GTN Nominations Representative with any questions regarding nominations or scheduling at (888) 750-6275

Gulf South Pipeline:

Index 818 – ILI Pigging         Begins:  June 19, 2019              Ends:  June 21, 2019

Expansion Area 19 (Central Mississippi) Delivery Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by up to 500,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT): 

This System Protection Warning (SPW) is being issued to notify shippers of unplanned maintenance at MRT’s Fountain Hill Compressor Station located in Ashley County, Arkansas, effective May 17, 2019.

The unplanned maintenance on the Fountain Hill Compressor Station will begin May 17, 2019 and is anticipated to continue through September 30, 2019.  During this time, nominations and allocations to delivery points located south of MRT s Fountain Hill compressor station will be subject to the following criteria:

Nominations and allocations will need to be within their primary path and primary direction of flow. Nominations and allocations will not be allowed to exceed their Line Priority, Rate Zone Capacity or Line Capacity.

It may become necessary for MRT to schedule down primary firm nominations during this period of unplanned maintenance.  This System Protection Warning (SPW) will remain in effect until further notice and will be updated as more information becomes available.  If you have any questions concerning this Alert, please contact your Scheduling Representative.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Effective for gas day Thursday, May 16, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural is at operating capacity for gas going southbound through Compressor Station 302 located in Montgomery County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone) for deliveries eastbound into Segment 25 or southbound into Segment 22.   AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled. 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Effective Timely Cycle (9:00 AM CCT), for the Gas Day of Saturday, May 18, 2019, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C. (“Tennessee”) will not accept nominations for Interruptible Storage Injection Services (IS-PA) at the Bear Creek (460017) or Portland (460025) storage fields.   

Tennessee will continue to not approve any transfers from accounts at TGP Bear Creek Storage to SNG Bear Creek Storage (460017)(IS-PA, FS-PA) until further notice.  Transfers into TGP Bear Creek Storage (460017) from SNG Bear Creek Storage will be allowed under the FS-PA storage service only with partner approvals. 

Texas Gas Transmission:

Effective today (May 16), based on current operating conditions on the Youngsville East Lateral (YVE) in Louisiana, capacity will be limited to 300,000 MMBtu.

Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Transco has been advised that third party gas processing (North Terrebonne Gas Processing Plant) straddling the Southeast Louisiana Lateral (SELA) is currently not available. This condition is expected to continue until early next week.

Currently, Transco is able to manage gas quality for volumes received upstream of Station 62. However, the situation may require management of scheduled quantities upstream of Station 62 if increases are realized from current scheduled quantities.

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The latest six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service continues to project that above average temperatures will dominate the eastern US through May 26.  The West Coast and Rockies will continue to see below normal weather conditions through late this month.

Thanks for joining us at GasNewsOnline.com!  We’ll be back on Monday to bring you the publicly sourced natural gas pipeline and energy news for you along with an updated weather outlook for the coming week. 

Please tell a friend in the natural gas scheduling and transportation business about us.   Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  We always review the country’s largest interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their most recent critical postings and bring you information about changes in gas pipeline operating conditions. 

Plus, we will update you on the latest publicly released news from major energy companies and provide the extended temperature forecast for the next few weeks from the National Weather Service, too.  

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working natural gas in storage increased by 92 Bcf for the period ending Friday, April 19.   Natural gas volumes in storage are 369 Bcf or 22% below the five-year average for the same week. 

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, the May, 2019 natural gas futures price climbed nearly five cents on Thursday to close at nearly $2.51/MMBtu.

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Will there be a bidding war for Anadarko Petroleum?   After last week’s bid by Chevron to acquire Anadarko, Occidental Petroleum Corporation submitted a competing bid for the company on Tuesday.

Occidental delivered a letter to the Anadarko Board of Directors setting forth the terms of a superior proposal by Oxy to acquire Anadarko for $76.00 per share, in which Anadarko shareholders would receive $38.00 in cash and 0.6094 shares of Occidental common stock for each share of Anadarko common stock. The Occidental proposal represents a premium of approximately 20% to the value of Anadarko’s pending transaction from Chevron.

Occidental believes its proposal is superior both financially and strategically for Anadarko’s shareholders, creating a global energy leader with the scale and geographic diversification to drive growth and deliver compelling value and returns to the shareholders of both companies. The combined company will be uniquely positioned to leverage Occidental’s demonstrated operational and technical expertise, producing greater anticipated synergies than Anadarko’s pending transaction. The 50-50 cash and stock transaction is valued at $57 billion, based on Occidental’s closing price on April 23, 2019, including the assumption of net debt and book value of non-controlling interest.

“Occidental is a leader in using technological innovation to create value, and we will deploy our expertise to enhance the performance and productivity of Anadarko’s assets not only in the Permian, but globally,” said Vicki Hollub, Oxy’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “Occidental and Anadarko have a highly complementary asset portfolio, providing us with a unique opportunity to realize significant operating, cost, and capital allocation synergies and achieve near-term cash flow accretion.”

Vicki Hollub continued, “We have been focused on Anadarko for several years because we have long believed that we are ideally positioned to generate compelling value from a combination with them. We look forward to engaging immediately with Anadarko’s Board and stakeholders to deliver this superior transaction.”

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Murphy Oil Corporation announced Tuesday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company – USA (“Murphy”), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire deep water Gulf of Mexico assets from LLOG Exploration Offshore, L.L.C. and LLOG Bluewater Holdings, L.L.C.. The accretive, cash flow providing Gulf of Mexico assets currently produce approximately 38,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net (Boepd) and are expected to add approximately 66 million barrels of oil equivalent net (Mmboe) of Proven (1P) reserves and 122 Mmboe of Proven and Probable (2P) reserves1.

Murphy will pay a cash consideration of $1.375 billion. Additional contingent consideration payments are based on the following: up to $200 million in the event that revenue from certain properties exceeds certain contractual thresholds between 2019 and 2022; and $50 million following first oil from certain development projects. The transaction will have an effective date of January 1, 2019 and is expected to close in the second quarter, subject to normal closing adjustments.

The acquisition will be funded by a combination of cash on hand and availability under the company’s $1.6 billion revolving credit facility. Total outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility, including the current balance of $325 million, are expected to be fully repaid immediately following the closing of the previously announced $2.127 billion divestiture of Murphy’s Malaysian assets.

“This immediately accretive transaction continues to strengthen our Gulf of Mexico portfolio by adding quality assets at a very attractive price. We expect these newly acquired assets to generate meaningful cash flow over the next several years that will provide us with additional flexibility for future capital allocation,” stated Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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There are several changes in the major interstate natural gas pipeline companies’ operating conditions to be aware of heading into the weekend. Let’s take a look:

ANR Pipeline:

ANR will begin planned pipeline and compressor maintenance along its Michigan Leg North Segment located in the Northern Fuel Segment (Zone 7). This will reduce the total Bridgman Northbound (Loc ID #226632) capacity by the following:

Bridgman Northbound (LOC #226632):

65-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,536 – MMcf/d available) 5/2 – 5/7
40-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,561 – MMcf/d available) 5/9 – 6/9
325-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,276 – MMcf/d available) 6/10 – 8/12

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

Also on ANR:

Willow Run Capacity Reduction (Updated 4/25/19)

ANR will continue planned pipeline maintenance between its Defiance Compressor Station and Willow Run Meter Station located in the Northern Area (Zone 7), which will result in the following capacity reduction:

Wilow Run Delivery (DRN #42078)

80-MMcf/d (leaving 777-MMcf/d available) 4/25
172-MMcf/d (leaving 685-MMcf/d available) 4/26 – 5/2
167-MMcf/d (leaving 690-MMcf/d available) 5/3 -5/11

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that the above reductions may impact interruptible and firm secondary services.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of upcoming pigging on Line LEX (LXP) that will impact scheduled volumes for certain hours in the gas day between Lone Oak Compressor Station and Summerfield Compressor Station (May 1, 3) and between Summerfield Compressor Station and Rockbridge Regulator Station (May 4, 6).  

TCO is working with operators for hourly operational assistance during the pigging. As a result of this work, the following impact is anticipated at this time: 

Gas Day May 1: 

743093 – Stagecoach-LXP – 55,000 Total Capacity

743103 – Eureka – 200,000 Total Capacity

LONEOAKA – Lone Oak A MA41 – 100,000 Total Capacity

LONEOAKB – Lone Oak B MA41 – 565,000 Total Capacity

Gas Day May 3: 

743093 – Stagecoach-LXP – 55,000 Total Capacity

743103 – Eureka – 200,000 Total Capacity

LONEOAKA – Lone Oak A MA41 – 125,000 Total Capacity

LONEOAKB – Lone Oak B MA41 – 690,000 Total Capacity

Gas Day May 4: 

LXPSEG – LXPSEG MA41 – 550,000 Total Capacity

Gas Day May 6: 

LXPSEG – LXPSEG MA41 – 750,000 Total Capacity

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. (DETI)’s Cornwell Station (West Virginia) will be out of service for planned maintenance from Friday, April 26, 2019 to Friday, May 3, 2019.

During this outage, all production flowing on the Dominion Gathering and Processing (DGP) system to the DETI facilities listed below, must be shut in. DETI will make another posting when production can be turned back in line.

The facility shut in dates and requirements are as follows:

All gathering wet system production flowing to Cornwell Station 7 and 8 will need to be shut in by 7:00 am EDT on Friday, April 26. Direct Taps on TL-585 will need to be shut in by 7:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 29. DGP Production Bubbles to be shut in: 2206, 2303, 2304, 2305, and 9912. Producers in bubbles 2301, 2306 and 9913 that can physically flow off system via H-18155 can do so. This includes production behind Oscar Nelson Station, Searls Station, Shadd Station, Panther Station, Oozley Station, and Hardman Station.

DETI will make another posting if allocations become necessary. Delivery nominations during this period from 10, 12 and 13 will be kept whole by DETI. Delivery nominations during this period from EB005, EB045, EB145, EB335, EB460, EB620 and EB635 will be kept whole by DETI. Please monitor these postings for further updates.

El Paso Natural Gas:

El Paso Natural Gas is pleased to announce the new Graphical Pipe screen in the iDART system.  This new screen will enable shippers to view nominations, priorities, and entitlements based on segment for a given gas day and cycle. The new Graphical Pipe screen is located in the Scheduled Quantity folder under the Nominations folder in the iDART system. 

Please contact the scheduling hotline at 1-800-238-3764 Option 1 if you have any questions about this new screen.

Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C of EGT s Tariff to notify all parties of planned maintenance on EGT s Line BT-1 in the North Pooling Area beginning April 27, 2019, with an expected completion date of May 13th, 2019.

During this maintenance, a series of integrity digs will be conducted along EGT s Line BT-1. Be advised, there is no capacity impact associated with the integrity digs, but should a determination be made that a repair is necessary, there could be a capacity reduction associated with the repair.  Depending upon the nature of any required repair, the announcement of a capacity reduction could come at short notice.

This alert will remain in effect until further notice and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

Effective Gas Day April 26th at the Timely Nomination Cycle, GTN is lifting the Force Majeure related to the repairs at the Ione Compressor Station 9 (Oregon).

The operationally available capacity for the Flow Past Kingsgate location has been increased to 2126-MMcf/d.

The operationally available capacity for the Flow Past Station 8 Location is 1865-MMcf/d.

As a reminder to customers, planned maintenance at Compressor Station 8 continues until May 10th. 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 11 – SOUTH OF STA 106 – AT OPERATING CAPACITY 

Effective for gas day Friday, April 26, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural is at operating capacity for northbound flow through Compressor Station 106 located in Gage County, Nebraska (Segment 11 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Also from NGPL:

SEGMENT 13 – STA 107– AT OPERATING CAPACITY

Effective for gas day Friday, April 26, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural is at operating capacity for northbound flow through Compressor Station 107 located in Mills County, Iowa (Segment 13 of Natural’s Amarillo Mainline Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled. 

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX):

CHANDLERSVILLECOMPRESSOR STATION MAINTENANCE

On Gas Day Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Gas Day Friday, May 3, 2019, REX will be performing maintenance at its Chandlersville (Ohio) Compressor Station. Operating capacity will be limited to 2.935 Bcf/d through pipeline Segment 380. At this capacity level, primary and secondary firm quantities, as well as ITS/AOR are at risk of not being scheduled.

TransColorado Gas Transmission:

The Force Majeure (FMJ) declared at Blanco Hub Compressor Station, Segment 310, in notice #118680 has been lifted. 

TransColorado Gas Transmission Company, L.L.C. (TC) has repaired the compressor station and, as such, is lifting the Force Majeure that was in effect. The capacity will return to 250,000 Dth effective Gas Day April 25, Cycle 4 (Intraday 2) and Gas Day April 26, Cycle 1 (Timely).

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Transco recently provided notice of limited flexibility to manage imbalances and recommended shippers maintain a concurrent balance of receipts and deliveries. In order to ensure system integrity, maintain safe operations, manage imbalances, and handle within-the-day volatility, Transco is issuing an Imbalance Operational Flow Order (OFO).

Effective:        Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ends:               Until Further Notice

Transactions:  Deliveries

Type:               Due to Shipper

OFO Area(s):  Zones 4, 5, and 6

Tolerance:        10% (or 1000 dth, whichever is greater)

This OFO is directed to shippers consistent with Section 52 of Transco’s FERC Gas Tariff General Terms and Conditions with a minimum of $50 per dth per day penalty.  This OFO will continue until further notice.  Buyers with imbalances greater than allowed tolerance will be subject to penalties specified in Section 52 of Transco’s FERC Gas Tariff General Terms and Conditions.

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day forecast for the first few days of May is showing some cooler weather on the way for the northern plains states as well as New England.  Otherwise, May will be ushered in with average temperatures across much of the nation.  In the South, though, temperatures may be slightly above average for the first week of the new month.

Thanks for joining us at GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll be back on Monday to bring you the publicly sourced natural gas pipeline and energy news for you along with an updated weather outlook for the coming week. 

Please tell a friend in the natural gas scheduling and transportation business about us. Have a great weekend!  

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Welcome to a very busy Easter weekend edition of GasNewsOnline.com!  There are a host of critical notices from several of the country’s interstate natural gas pipeline companies about issues relating to changes in pipeline operating conditions. 

Plus, we’ll also update you on the latest publicly released news of the day and provide the first glimpse of May’s expected temperatures from the National Weather Service, too.  

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Working natural gas in storage was 1.247 Tcf as of Friday, April 12, 2019, according to US Energy Information Administration estimates. This represents a net increase of 92 Bcf (which was 5 Bcf greater than analyst estimates). 

Natural gas stocks were 414 Bcf (or 26%) below the five-year average for the same week. 

On the NYMEX, the May, 2019 natural gas futures price reacted to the news and was down about three cents on Thursday at approximately $2.49/MMBtu.   Natural gas prices declined to their lowest level in nearly three years due to a seasonal lull in heating and cooling demand combined with surging gas supplies. 

It is interesting to note that not a single month of today’s NYMEX natural gas futures strip (through April, 2021) showed a natural gas price above $3.00/MMBtu.

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During today’s quarterly earnings release and conference call, Kinder Morgan provided an update on a few natural gas pipeline projects currently in progress:

In the Permian area, construction continues on the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (GCX) project. The remaining 40 miles of the 36-inch Midland lateral was placed in service at the beginning of April 2019. Construction is progressing well on the 42-inch mainline and compressor stations associated with the project, which remains on schedule for a full in-service date of October 2019.

The approximately $1.75 billion project is designed to transport about 2.0 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Agua Dulce, Texas area, and is fully subscribed under long-term, binding agreements.

Progress also continues on the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project . The civil and environmental surveys are substantially complete, and the land acquisition process is underway.

The approximately $2 billion PHP Project is designed to transport up to 2.1 Bcf/d of natural gas through approximately 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas area to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets and is expected to be in service in October 2020, pending regulatory approvals.

On the East Coast, the first of ten liquefaction units of the nearly $2 billion Elba Liquefaction Project is expected to be placed in service by approximately May 1, 2019. The remaining nine units are expected to be placed in service sequentially, one per month thereafter.

The federally approved project at the existing Southern LNG Company facility at Elba Island near Savannah, Georgia, will have a total liquefaction capacity of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, equivalent to approximately 350 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

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In summary, many interstate natural gas pipelines have posted critical notices to shippers requiring that they do not create pipeline imbalances caused by lack of market demand during the upcoming Easter holiday weekend.  Let’s review… 

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. Effective 9:00 AM CCT, Friday, April 19, 2019, AGT requires all delivery point operators keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater 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 less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

ANR Pipeline:

Southwest Mainline Capacity Reduction (Posted 4/18/19)

ANR will begin planned maintenance at the Havensville compressor station between April 29 and May 2.  The total SWML Northbound (LOC#226630) capacity will be reduced by the following:

90-MMcf/d (leaving 600-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/2

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

Also from ANR:

SW Area Capacity Restriction (Posted 4/18/19)

From April 29th through May 4th, ANR will perform planned pipeline maintenance between its E.G. Hill and Gageby Compressor Stations in the Southwest Area (Zone 4). As a result, ANR will shut-in the Beaver-CIG (REC FR CIG) receipt point, DRN #16435.

The total E.G. Hill from Gageby (LOC #226643) capacity will be reduced by the following:

50-MMcf/d (leaving 175-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/4

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated the above reductions will result in the curtailment of nominations associated with IT and Firm Catalog Receipt points in the affected area.  Also, interconnects along this segment may experience higher line pressures.

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

In response to continuing and prolific natural gas production growth in the Denver-Julesburg Basin – and the mounting market need for timely transportation capacity – Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C. (CIG) is conducting a binding Open Season for additional firm capacity to be made available by approximately November 1, 2019.  The additional transportation capacity offered in this Open Season will have primary receipt rights into CIG’s 5C Line north of a proposed new interconnection (“High Five Meter Station”) with CIG’s High Plains Lateral to be constructed at approximately milepost 29, and will have primary delivery rights at the High Five Meter Station of the CIG 5C Line and the Wyoming Interstate Company, L.L.C. (“WIC”) facilities at Bowie. 

For more details, please check the CIG Electronic Bulletin Board.  The posting is dated April 18, 2019.

This binding Open Season will commence today (April 18, 2019) and is scheduled to close at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time on May 8, 2019.  CIG intends to provide notification of capacity awards by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on May 9, 2019.

Questions concerning this Open Season should be directed to:  Greg Ruben (713-520-4870) or Laine Lobban (719-520-4344). 

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of a station power outage at the Cobb Compressor Station scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 through Sunday, April 28, 2019.   

Due to this maintenance, the below internal constraints will be set to Zero Total Capacity.  All production will be shut-in with the exception of a limited quantity that may be needed to serve localized markets. 

Cobb South MA18 (A03SOUTH)

Cobb Northeast MA18 (A03NORTH)

Cobb Northwest MA18 (A03LOW)

Cobb Line H (A03LINEH)

Cobb CS MA18 (COBBA03) 

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Boyds Creek Compressor Station Outage – April 23 – 24

ETNG will be conducting a compressor station outage at its Boyds Creek Compressor Station (Boyds) on the 3300 line. During this outage, west to east capacity through Boyds will be reduced to approximately 80,000 Dth per day.

Based on historical nominations, restrictions may be required for interruptible and secondary services and potentially primary firm services.

Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT’s Tariff to advise shippers system wide that they will be required to maintain actual receipts and deliveries commensurate with scheduled volumes, beginning on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. and continuing until further notice.

Due to limited storage capacity, EGT anticipates it may be unable to support imbalance positions and may reduce scheduled quantities intraday to balance actual receipts and deliveries necessary to maintain system deliverability and operational integrity.

The availability of balancing and non-ratable services will be limited.  Hourly non-ratable nominations, as well as the use of imbalance positions must be pre-approved or within the posted limits on EGT s Daily Operating Plan. EGT will continue to monitor the pipeline s pressure and imbalances and will, if necessary, take further actions, including the issuance of one or more Operational Flow Orders (OFO).

EGT will schedule receipts and deliveries in accordance with EGT s Tariff.  This Operational Alert will remain in effect until further notice and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

May 2019- GTN Fuel and Line Loss Percentage

Pursuant to Gas Transmission Northwest’s (GTN) Tariffed Fuel Adjustments Provision, for the period of May 01, 2019 through May 31, 2019, a fuel usage rate of 0.0021% per Dth/mile will be in effect.

This percentage is inclusive of GTN’s current fuel and line loss surcharge of 0.0000% per Dth per pipeline mile, which is in effect through December 31, 2019, in accordance with GTN’s approved tariff provision, “Adjustment Mechanism for Fuel, Line Loss, and Other Unaccounted For Gas.”

Gulf South Pipeline:

Index 818 I.L.I. Pig Run – Begins April 23, 2019 – Ends April 24, 2019

Expansion Area 19 (Mississippi) Delivery Scheduling Group.- Capacity could be impacted by as much as 300,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.  Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP):

SEGMENT 140 – MLV #7 – AT OPERATING CAPACITY 

Effective for gas day Friday, April 19, 2019, Timely Cycle, and continuing until further notice, KMLP is at operating capacity for gas going southbound through Segment 140, located in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled. 

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential negative impact of significant shipper long imbalance positions on MRT storage withdrawal operations, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, and continuing until further notice.

During this time:

1) Shippers should avoid daily long imbalance positions

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

3) MRT may not accept any makeup of short positions

4) MRT may not schedule nominations that result in counter-seasonal injection.

Failure to comply with this SPW may result in the issuance of an OFO.  Nominations will be confirmed and scheduled in accordance with MRT s Tariff.

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the current milder weather forecast and projected demand on Southern’s system for the Holiday weekend, we are implementing an OFO Type 6 for long imbalances on Southern’s contiguous pipeline system effective for the start of the gas day, Friday, April 19, 2019, and until further notice. In order to maintain the operational integrity of Southern’s system, it is essential that Shippers and Poolers remain in balance (including their available no-notice injection entitlements).

The OFO Type 6 order will subject each Shipper/Pooler to the following tiered imbalance penalties:

Daily Imbalance Penalty
(Percent of Allocated Deliveries ) ( Per Dth )

0 – 2% or < 200 dth No Penalty
> 2 – 5% $1.00
> 5 – 8% $ 5.00
> 8% $15.00

Since the projected operational conditions are affected by receipts exceeding deliveries, the penalty will apply only to each Shipper/Pooler that has a net long imbalance (i.e., the party’s total allocated receipts exceed total allocated deliveries including available no-notice storage injections).

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL OF ZONES L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6 EFFECTIVE 4-19-19 

Due to forecasted milder weather, storage fields on test and anticipated lower demand for the holiday weekend, effective for the Gas Day of Friday, April 19, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C.  (“Tennessee”) is implementing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all of Zones L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.  

All delivery point operators in all of Zones L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in all of Zones L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  In addition, it is essential that delivery point operators schedule gas at meters commensurate with takes within the affected areas.  All LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA and LMS-PL Balancing Parties are required to maintain an actual daily flow rate not exceeding 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dths, whichever is greater for over-deliveries into the system and under-takes from the system. Customers will be assessed a rate of $5.00 plus the applicable Regional Daily Spot Price per dekatherm for that portion of physical quantities related to over-deliveries by receipt point operators and under-takes by delivery point operators which exceed this tolerance. 

THIS DAILY OFO CRITICAL DAY 1 WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TENNESSEE WILL INFORM CUSTOMERS BY EBB WHEN THIS OFO WILL BE LIFTED.

Trailblazer Pipeline Company:

TRAILBLAZER MECHANICAL ISSUE–COMPRESSOR STATION 603–UPDATE #1

Trailblazer Pipeline Company LLC (“Trailblazer”) identified a mechanical issue with one of the two compressor units at Compressor Station 603. The unit is currently unavailable and is not expected to be available until late May, 2019. 

At this time, secondary firm quantities, as well as ITS/AOR are at risk of not being scheduled. Trailblazer will post updates as additional information becomes available.  For questions, please call your Account Director or Scheduling Representative.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Transco recently provided notice of limited flexibility to manage imbalances and recommended shippers maintain a concurrent balance of receipts and deliveries. In order to ensure system integrity, maintain safe operations, manage imbalances, and handle within-the-day volatility, Transco is issuing an Imbalance Operational Flow Order (OFO).

Effective:        Friday, April 19, 2018

Ends:               Until Further Notice

Transactions:  Deliveries

Type:               Due to Shipper

OFO Area(s):  Zones 4, 5, and 6

Tolerance:        10% (or 1000 dth, whichever is greater)

This OFO is directed to shippers consistent with Section 52 of Transco’s FERC Gas Tariff General Terms and Conditions with a minimum of $50 per dth per day penalty.  This OFO will continue until further notice.  Buyers with imbalances greater than allowed tolerance will be subject to penalties specified in Section 52 of Transco’s FERC Gas Tariff General Terms and Conditions.

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The National Weather Service has published their first glimpse at the temperature forecast from the month of May.  It shows that the East and West coast areas could see above normal temperatures next month, while the majority of the midsection of the US is predicted to have normal to slightly below seasonal temperatures during the month of May.

That’s a wrap for this Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return on Monday to provide an update on pipeline conditions and the latest energy news. 

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Happy Easter!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  While we search over fifty interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their critical postings, other news is happening this week.  At GasNewsOnline.com, we’ll update you on the publicly-released news from energy companies and will give you the latest National Weather Service temperature forecast, too.  

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working natural gas in storage decreased by 47 Bcf for the week ending Friday, March 15.  Natural gas stocks remaining in storage are now nearly 33% below the five-year historical range.

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Penn Virginia Corporation announced Thursday that it has mutually agreed with Denbury Resources Inc. to terminate their previously announced merger agreement.

“After careful consideration, the Penn Virginia board of directors decided that it is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders to mutually agree to terminate our merger agreement with Denbury,” said John A. Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Virginia. “Given the caliber and dedication of our team, the high quality of our assets and the strength of our balance sheet, we believe we are well positioned to continue to execute our previously announced two rig development plan, which is expected to be fully funded from cash flow.  We remain focused on developing our assets and maximizing value for our shareholders as a standalone company.”

As a result, the special meeting of Penn Virginia’s shareholders, which was to be held on April 17, 2019, will not take place.  Under the terms of the merger agreement and the termination agreement, neither Penn Virginia nor Denbury will be responsible for any payments to the other party as a result of the termination of the merger agreement.

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Earlier this week, Williams announced a series of transactions that will establish a new platform for the optimization of its midstream operations in the western Marcellus and Utica basins through a long-term partnership with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.   

The $3.8 billion joint venture will include Williams’ 100 percent owned Ohio Valley Midstream system (“OVM”) and 100 percent of Utica East Ohio Midstream system (“UEO”).  The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will invest $1.34 billion for a 35 percent ownership stake in the joint venture. Williams will retain 65 percent ownership, will operate the combined business, and will consolidate the financial results of the joint venture in Williams’ financial statements.

Concurrent with signing the agreement, Williams acquired the remaining 38 percent ownership stake in Utica East Ohio Midstream from Momentum Midstream and will take over operatorship.  UEO is involved primarily in the processing and fractionation of natural gas and natural gas liquids in the Utica Shale play in eastern Ohio.

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As winter transitions into spring, let’s review the latest postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline systems entering the weekend:

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of AGT’s FERC Gas Tariff, effective immediately, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

This OFO does not affect the ability of AGT to receive or deliver quantities of gas for scheduled nominations to any customer or pipeline.

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities as indicated below:

Effective Immediately – Gas Day March 24: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities.

Gas Day March 25 and until further notice: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 4,000 Dth or 104% of scheduled delivery quantities.

In each situation indicated above, the penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

AGT may be required to issue an hourly OFO pursuant to General Terms and Conditions Section 26.7(d) to impose further restrictions in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system.

ANR Pipeline:

ANR will begin planned pipeline maintenance near the St. John Compressor Station along its Michigan Leg South located in the Northern Area (Zone 7). The total St. John Eastbound, LOC #226633, capacity will be reduced by the following:

500-MMcf/d (leaving 767-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/3

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

In response to customer questions regarding its Leach XPress (LXP) and Mountaineer XPress (MXP) projects, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) has developed a schematic highlighting active project points and internal constraints for customers to reference.

https://navigates.cpg.com/infopost/webmethods/DownloadFile.aspx?Mode=V&S3FN=LXP_MXP+Project+Schematic.pdf&S3K=%2Ftco%2Fpermanentpostingsandfaqs%2FLXP_MXP+Project+Schematic.pdf

Although this schematic may serve as a useful tool for customers, TCO strongly recommends the continued utilization of the Internal Constraint Rights screen within Navigates when evaluating a specific contract’s rights for an input nomination.   

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gulf Transmission (CGT) would like to notify customers of an upcoming change in location numbers effective April 1, 2019, impacting the Gulf South – Delhi interconnect.

Currently, Gulf South Delhi nominations are entered at a single bi-directional location for receipts and deliveries. Currently shown as: GULF SOUTH DELHI – 4204

Starting April 1, 2019, all nominations for this location will move to two newly created location numbers:

Receipts from Gulf South Delhi:  Loc Prop 4204R
Deliveries to Gulf South Delhi:     Loc Prop 4204D

Loc Prop 4204 will become inactive on April 1, 2019. All receipts and deliveries for Gulf South Delhi should be nominated at the new 4204R and 4204D locations for Timely Cycle Gas Day April 1,2019. Any nominations at Loc Prop 4204 will be reduced to 0.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

As of Monday, April 1, 2019, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. will return to one (1) Operational Impact Area (OIA).

Also from Dominion:

Based on storage withdrawals during the 2018-2019 Winter Period, storage inventory levels are at near historic lows. As a result of the current inventory levels, DETI can handle only limited withdrawals from its storage pools until inventory levels increase.

To protect its storage pools and to minimize withdrawals, DETI will not require its GSS customers to meet their Minimum Turnover Obligations pursuant to Section 8.7 of Rate Schedule GSS for the period November 1, 2018 through April 15, 2019. As a result, no charges set forth in GT&C Section 35.3D will be assessed if the minimum turn obligation is not met during this period. Further, DETI requests that GSS customers voluntarily minimize withdrawals with the start of the injection season on April 1.

This voluntary action may allow the avoidance of the issuance of storage OFOs if inventory levels decline further. Customers are advised that DETI may be required to issue OFOs that limit storage withdrawals in April and possibly, require the use of all firm transportation capacity prior to the use of storage withdrawals.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Carthage Junction Compressor Station Maintenance:  Begins April 9, 2019 – Ends April 10, 2019

Area 8 to 16 Expansion Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by as much as 150,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance for all services other than primary firm.

MidContinent Express Pipeline (MEP):

MEP will be performing a cleaning pig run on the entire portion of its pipeline system in Zone 2, segments 200 and 210, from Madison Parish, Louisiana to Choctaw County, Alabama.  This work will require MEP to restrict throughput capacity in Zone 2 of its system. 

As such, effective for gas day Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and continuing through gas day Thursday, April 11, 2019, MEP will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary-in-path Firm transports to no less than 71% of contract MDQ into Segment 200, assuming all such contracts are nominated at full applicable contract MDQ through the constrained segment.  Actual nomination levels, changes in pipeline conditions, and assistance MEP is seeking from connecting pipelines downstream of the outage could result in an increase to the percentage scheduled.

AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this outage. Additionally, all park and loanservices under Rate Schedule PALS will not be available anywhere on the system.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

As part of its required ongoing pipeline integrity Management Program, on gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Thursday, April 11, 2019, Natural will perform an ILI tool run on the Gulf Coast #2 mainline between Compressor Station 300 located in Victoria County, Texas and Compressor Station 341 located in Nueces County, Texas (Segments 22 and 20 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).  This tool run will require Natural to schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports, only, southbound into Segment 22 for the duration of this tool run.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available.

On gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Monday, April 1, 2019, Natural will be performing station maintenance at Compressor Station 303, located in Angelina County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone). This work will require Natural to schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports, only, southbound through Compressor Station 302 located in Montgomery County, Texas for the duration of this maintenance project.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this work.  Additionally, Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective immediately and until further notice, Northwest is increasing the available deliverability into the Jackson Prairie storage facility from 442,000 Dths to 550,000 Dths.

Northwest is able to support the increase above design capacity due to prevailing pressures and facility conditions, which it expects will continue into the summer.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Pursuant to Article XII of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff, Tennessee posted a notice of an emergent repair issue on the 300-1 Line between STA 219 and MLV 301 located in Mercer County, PA effective for the Gas Day of Friday, March 15, 2019 (Notice Identifier 370784), due to an anomaly identified from results received from Tennessee’s ongoing integrity program.  Work continues on this section of the pipe. 

Anticipated return to service is projected to be April 7, 2019.  Tennessee continues to estimate the current impact to be up to 65,000 Dths. Based upon current and recent nominations, restrictions through a pro rata portion of Secondary Out of the Path nominations pathed through STA 307(Segment 307 BH) continue to be at risk. 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Below is a link to Texas Eastern Transmission’s planned outage information for 2019: https://infopost.spectraenergy.com/GotoLINK/GetLINKdocument.asp?Pipe=10076&Environment=Production&DocumentType=Notice&FileName=TETLP+2019+Planned+Outage+Presentation.pdf&DocumentId=8aa1649f695385180169597ca33600ca

Texas Gas Transmission:

North Louisiana System Maintenance:

Start Date: March 25, 2019 – End Date: April 7, 2019

Texas Gas will be performing direct assessments on the North Louisiana Lateral. Capacity will be limited to 325,000 MMBtu for the Carthage East-West (CEW) segment.

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The National Weather Service temperature forecast for the last week of March shows a warming trend through the midsection of the United States.  Cooler-than-seasonal conditions will return to the Great Plains, the West Coast and much of the Southeast through March 31. 

That’s all for this edition of GasNewsOnline.com! Enjoy a weekend of watching the college basketball games, and we hope to see you again on Monday!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com! The recent late season surge of cold weather seems to be fading this week, and many of the natural gas pipeline companies are now starting to post notices of upcoming spring maintenance projects. 

As we shift into the spring gas storage season, let’s check out some of the latest industry news and the long-range temperature forecasts, too.

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American Midstream Partners, LP today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger (“Merger Agreement”) with an affiliate (the “Purchaser”) of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund V, L.P. (“ArcLight”). The Purchaser will acquire, for cash, in a merger transaction, all outstanding common units of the Partnership not already held by affiliates of ArcLight, at a price of $5.25 per common unit.

The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.  The Partnership does not expect to make any cash distributions on its common units or preferred units prior to the closing of the merger.

The conflicts committee of the board of directors of the Partnership’s general partner, after consultation with its independent legal and financial advisors, unanimously approved the Merger Agreement and determined it to be in the best interests of the Partnership and its unitholders unaffiliated with ArcLight. Subsequently, the board of directors of the Partnership’s general partner approved the Merger Agreement and determined it to be fair and reasonable and in the best interests of the Partnership.

The closing of the merger is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt by the Partnership of a consent and waiver from the Partnership’s lenders. Under the partnership agreement, the merger is required to be approved by a majority of the outstanding common units and preferred units, voting as a class, and each class of preferred units. Affiliates of ArcLight own approximately 51% of such voting power and prior to the execution of the Merger Agreement, affiliates of ArcLight delivered to the Partnership a written consent approving the Merger. As such, the merger has been approved by the limited partners of the Partnership, and the Partnership will not hold a meeting of its unitholders to approve the merger. 

Upon closing of the merger, the Partnership will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Purchaser and its common units will cease to be publicly traded.

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From the US Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” publication last week:

Natural gas spot prices fell at most locations the past reporting week (Wednesday, March 6 to Wednesday, March 13). Henry Hub spot prices fell from $2.94/MMBtu on March 6 to about $2.85/MMBtu today.

The price of the 12-month strip averaging April 2019 through March 2020 futures contracts is now just shy of the $3.00 mark at $2.996/MMBtu.

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 204 Bcf for the week ending March 8. Working natural gas stocks are 1,186 Bcf, which is 23% lower than the year-ago level and 32% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 8¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.70/MMBtu for the week ending March 13. The price of natural gasoline, ethane, propane, and butane rose by 2%, 1%, 1%, and 1%, respectively. The price of isobutane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, March 5, the natural gas rig count decreased by 2 to 193. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 9 to 834. The total rig count decreased by 11 and now stands at 1,027.

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Now, let’s take a look at the interstate natural gas pipeline grid:

ANR Pipeline:

Janesville NNG Capacity Reduction

New: ANR will begin planned pipeline maintenance in Wisconsin in the Northern Area (Zone 7). For the period of March 26 – 28, ANR will not be scheduling nominations at the JANESVILLE/NNG (LOC #28808).

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that this posting will result in the capacity allocation reduction of IT and Firm Secondary volumes. This posting will be updated as more information becomes available.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! TransCanada will be revealing the new Navigates Nominations application and providing customer training on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM CT.  

The new Navigates Nomination application contains numerous customer requested improvements, making it easier to do business using computers, tablets or mobile devices. The training will provide an in-depth look at the Nomination Matrix, Pool Balances, and Gas Flow Summary screens, and a snapshot of what customers can expect as additional functionality is added to the new Navigates application. 

The dial-in details are provided below: 

Participant dial-in: (888) 455-0683

Participant passcode: 2730221 

A copy of the presentation will be posted prior to the call under the Presentations section of Columbia’s Informational Postings for your reference.

El Paso Natural Gas:

Force Majeure – Lordsburg Station – Unit 1C & Florida Station – 1C

El Paso Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (EPNG) has experienced equipment failures associated with its Lordsburg Compressor Station and Florida Compressor Station, and as such Lordsburg Unit 1C and Florida Unit 1C are currently unavailable. Accordingly, the operational capacity through the L2000 constraint of 584,700 dekatherms (Dth) per day will be reduced by 200,000 Dth per day yielding operational capacity of 384,700 Dth per day effective Gas Day Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Timely Cycle (Cycle 1). 

This reduction in operational capacity will remain in effect until further notice. EPNG will provide updates as more information becomes available.

This incident constitutes an event of force majeure under EPNG’s FERC Gas, General Terms and Conditions, Section 11.3.  For scheduling questions, please call your scheduling representative at (800) 238-3764.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Maintenance Pig Run #2 – Effective March 26 – Ends March 27, 2019

Kiln to Mobile Scheduling Group

Capacity could be impacted by up to 25,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. Based on current nominations and operational conditions Gulf South does not anticipate any customer impact.

Mobile Bay Delivery Scheduling Group

Capacity could be Impacted by up to 150,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Moss Point System Scheduling Group

Capacity could be impacted by up to 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Southeast Supply Header (SESH):

Pursuant to Section 15 of the General Terms and Conditions of Southeast Supply Header, LLC’s (“SESH”) FERC Gas Tariff (“Tariff”), SESH notifies its shippers of the scheduled outages described below. During these outage periods, the quantity of available capacity on the SESH system will be limited as set forth below.

Gwinville Compressor Station Outage: April 6 – 10, 2019:
Beginning on Gas Day April 6, 2019 and continuing through Gas Day April 10, 2019, SESH’s capacity will be limited to approximately (i) 710,000 Dth /d through the Delhi Compressor Station, (ii) 887,000 Dth /d through the Gwinville Compressor Station and (iii) 885,000 Dth/d through the Lucedale Compressor Station.

If nomination flow patterns change significantly during this outage, SESH will post revised capacities to reflect these changes.

Lucedale to Gulfstream Pipeline Outage: April 6 – 9, 2019:
Beginning on Gas Day April 6, 2019 and continuing through Gas Day April 9, 2019, SESH will be conducting an outage on a portion of its 36″ Line 100 between Lucedale Compressor Station and EOL. During this outage the following meters will be unavailable for flow:

83011 – GULF STREAM – CODEN (DEL – 83111)
83101 – TRANSCO – CODEN
83103 – THEODORE PLANT – MOBILE GAS SERVICES
83111 – GULFSTREAM – CODEN (REC – 83011)
83113 – PLANT DANIEL, MISSISSIPPI POWER COMPANY

During these outages SESH will work with upstream and downstream interconnects to minimize shipper impact.

Southern Natural Gas:

On Tuesday March 19, 2019 Southern will post the March/April/May and other 2019 Maintenance projects.

On Wednesday, March 20, at 1:30 PM (Central Time), the company will host a call that should last approximately one hour.  Southern will conduct a conference call/WebEx meeting and review the posted information. 

WebEx meeting number:  991 986 350 – Password:  SNG

Audio:  713-420-6338 (MEET) – Access code:  36338

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From the National Weather Service, the six-to-ten day temperature forecast shows a much appreciated warm-up for the midsection of the United States through March 28.  The only area expecting average March temperatures will be along parts of the Desert Southwest and California as spring gets underway elsewhere.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy “Pi” Day!

After returning from a brief vacation touring portions of Oklahoma and Texas, it’s time to get back to work here at GasNewsOnline.com! Due to time constraints, there will be no audio podcast of today’s edition.

With a final cold blast and heavy winds buffeting parts of the country this week, the weekend looks to be quite busy on the interstate natural gas pipeline grid. Let’s check out the latest critical postings:

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of AGT’s FERC Gas Tariff, effective 9:00 AM CCT March 14, 2019, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

This OFO does not affect the ability of AGT to receive or deliver quantities of gas for scheduled nominations to any customer or pipeline.

***During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities as indicated below:

Gas Day March 14 – 15: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities.

Gas Day March 16 and until further notice: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 4,000 Dth or 104% of scheduled delivery quantities.

In each situation indicated above, the penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

AGT may be required to issue an hourly OFO pursuant to General Terms and Conditions Section 26.7(d) to impose further restrictions in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system.

As previously posted AGT, requests that customers/point operators on AGT be aware of the impact non-ratable hourly takes from the system may have in causing delivery pressures reaching lower than desired levels. As a reminder, AGT’s system is not designed to sustain delivery pressures above contract levels while making non-ratable/accelerated deliveries above scheduled quantities for more than 6 consecutive hours, to be followed by flows below scheduled quantity for the balance of any 24 hour period.

Furthermore, if customers/point operators don’t manage hourly takes from the system, 1) delivery pressures will be impacted and /or 2) AGT may be required to impose further restrictions or courses of action in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system.

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

In anticipation of colder weather, Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C., CIG will take the following actions impacting its No-Notice Storage and Transportation Service (NNT) beginning Gas Day March 13, 2019, and continuing until further notice.  Therefore, when necessary to minimize imbalances and protect system integrity, underperformance caps may be placed on nonperforming receipt points effective the next available nomination cycle until further notice.

In addition, CIG is limiting requests for NNT authorized withdrawal overruns to 100,000 Dth. 

Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC will be commencing service for the remaining contracted 330 MDth/d of its Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project capacity effective Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019.   Nominations will be accepted beginning for the Timely Cycle for Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019.  Please monitor the Daily Capacity Posting effective for Friday, March 15, 2019 for capacity changes related to MXP. 

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC will be commencing service for the remaining contracted 330 MDth/d of its Gulf XPress (GXP) project capacity effective Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019.   Nominations will be accepted beginning for the Timely Cycle for Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019. 

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, ETNG is issuing a Balancing Alert Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 14.7 of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, March 16, 2019 for all meters east of the Boyds Creek Compressor Station.

This OFO does not affect the ability of ETNG to receive or deliver quantities of gas for scheduled nominations to any customer, storage field, or pipeline.

During the effectiveness of this OFO, balancing parties under Rate Schedules LMSMA and LMSPA must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries out of the system and actual receipts of gas into the system must be equal to or greater than scheduled receipts into the system. Additionally, balancing parties with meters west of Boyds Creek will not be allowed to utilize undertakes at meters located west of Boyds Creek to offset overtakes at meters located east of Boyds Creek.

The penalty provisions under Section 47.5(b) of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff shall apply for failure to conform for each dekatherm of actual receipt quantities that are less than scheduled receipt quantities and for each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that are greater than scheduled delivery quantities, in each case with a tolerance of 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dekatherms (whichever is greater).

In addition, ETNG will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

As part of its required ongoing pipeline integrity Management Program, on gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Thursday, April 11, 2019, Natural will perform an ILI Smart Tool run on the Gulf Coast #2 mainline between Compressor Station 300 located in Victoria County, Texas and Compressor Station 341 located in Nueces County, Texas (Segments 22 and 20 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).  This tool run will require Natural to schedule Secondary in-path and Primary only southbound into Segment 22 (South Texas Zone) for the duration of this tool run.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available. 

Also from NGPL:

On gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Monday, April 1, 2019, Natural will be performing station maintenance at Compressor Station 303, located in Angelina County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone).  This work will require Natural to schedule Secondary in-path and Primary only southbound through Compressor Station 302 located in Montgomery County, Texas, (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone) for the duration of this maintenance project.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this work.  Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest will hold the annual maintenance conference call on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM MDT. The call-in number is 385-355-3006 and the conference id is 34150489.

The 2019 maintenance schedule has been posted on Northwest’s portal at http://www.northwest.williams.com. The information on the schedule represents Northwest’s best estimates given the information currently available.

Please note that the estimated capacity reductions and project durations are dependent on many variables and are subject to change. Northwest will update the schedule as the projects progress and new information becomes

available. 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Pursuant to Article XII of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff, Tennessee is posting notice of an emergent repair issue on the 300-1 Line between STA 219 and MLV 301 located in Mercer County, PA effective for the Gas Day of Friday, March 15, 2019.  Due to results from Tennessee’s ongoing integrity program, Tennessee has identified an anomaly that necessitates pressure reduction on this section of the pipe.  Tennessee is estimating the current impact to be up to 65,000 Dths. Based upon current and recent nominations, restrictions through a pro rata portion of Secondary Out of the Path nominations pathed through STA 307(Segment 307 BH) may be required. 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

As previously posted, Texas Eastern (TE) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. As result, effective immediately, 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 Zones 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, the previously posted imbalance notice is no longer in effect.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Texas Gas will be performing direct assessments on the North Louisiana Lateral beginning March 25 through April 7, 2019.  Capacity will be limited to 325,000 MMBtu for the Carthage East-West (CEW) segment.

Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

Transco recently provided notice of limited flexibility to manage imbalances and recommended shippers maintain a concurrent balance of receipts and deliveries. In order to ensure system integrity, maintain safe operations, manage imbalances, and handle within-the-day volatility, Transco is issuing an Imbalance Operational Flow Order (OFO).

Effective:  Friday, March 15, 2019 until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zones 4, 5, and 6

Delivery Tolerance %:  10% Due to Shipper and 10% Due From Shipper

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After a blustery week in many portions of the United States, the National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast through March 24 shows a warming trend for the upper Midwest and the Northeast. Portions of the South, though, may still be a little cooler than normal for late March.

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Edition 43 – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Welcome to this Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll bring you a few publicly-released news stories from the energy business, take a look at the latest interstate natural gas pipeline companies’ critical notices, and check next week’s temperature forecast from the National Weather Service.  It is all for FREE from GasNewsOnline.com.

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage for the week ending Friday, February 22 decreased by 166 Bcf from the previous week.  The storage draw was slightly lower than the 171 Bcf estimate made by industry analysts. 

Natural gas volumes in storage are now 424 Bcf (or 21.6%) below the five-year average for the same week. 

In related news, the NYMEX natural gas futures price for April, 2019 was up a penny at about $2.81/MMBtu on Thursday. 

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On Tuesday, Dominion Energy provided the following statement:

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) request for an en banc rehearing related to the Court’s invalidation of the project’s U.S. Forest Service Appalachian Trail crossing authorization.  ACP’s en banc petition was supported by the Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as several prominent industry, labor, and business groups.

“Dominion Energy expects an appeal to be filed to the Supreme Court of the United States in the next 90 days.  The company is also pursuing legislative and administrative options as previously discussed on Dominion Energy’s Feb. 1, 2019 earnings call.  We are confident that the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture have the authority to resolve the Appalachian Trail crossing issue administratively in a manner that satisfies the Court’s stated objection and in a time frame consistent with a restart of at least partial construction during the third quarter.  We will continue to work to resolve the outstanding biological opinion issue as well as any impediments to the project’s crossing of the Appalachian Trail, and believe, as a result, that at least partial construction will recommence in the third quarter of 2019.

“The project cost and timing guidance provided on the company’s Feb. 1 earnings call fully contemplated the possibility of an unsuccessful en banc request.  Therefore, yesterday’s Fourth Circuit decision does not alter our operating EPS guidance as provided to the investment community on that call.  Dominion Energy remains confident in the full completion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline along the entire 600-mile route.”

The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in West Virginia, travel through Virginia with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, VA, and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. Two additional, shorter laterals will connect to two Dominion Energy electric generating facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

Dominion Energy is a 48% owner of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (“WGP”) and Western Gas Partners, LP (“WES”) today announced the completion of their previously announced merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of WGP with and into WES, with WES continuing as the surviving entity and a subsidiary of WGP (the “Merger”). At the effective time of the Merger, each WES common unit (other than certain WES common units held by affiliates of WGP) converted into the right to receive 1.525 WGP common units. Based on the WES units outstanding, WGP issued approximately 234 million WGP common units to WES unitholders in connection with the Merger.

Immediately following the Merger, WGP changed its name to “Western Midstream Partners, LP“, and its common units will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the ticker symbol “WES” when the market opens today. In addition, Western Gas Partners, LP has changed its name to “Western Midstream Operating, LP”, and its common units will no longer trade on the NYSE.

“With the closing of these transformational transactions, Western Midstream has a simple, clean capital structure and offers its customers a uniquely scalable and integrated, multi-commodity solution,” said Robin Fielder, Western Midstream’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a result of our organic growth opportunities and the accretive acquisition of midstream assets completed today, our portfolio is projected to deliver more than 50% Adjusted EBITDA growth year-over-year and generate healthy distribution per unit growth and coverage through 2021 without the need for equity financing.”

Effective upon the closing of the Merger, Messrs. Steven Arnold, Milton Carroll and James Crane, each of whom previously served as an independent director on the Board of Directors of Western Gas Partners, LP’s general partner, joined the Board of Directors of Western Midstream Partners, LP’s general partner.

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CenterPoint Energy Services (CES) has been ranked as the number one major Natural Gas Marketer in Mastio & Company’s recent Natural Gas Marketer Customer Value/Loyalty Benchmarking Study.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Joe Vortherms, CenterPoint Energy’s Competitive Energy Businesses lead. “Our number one ranking is a testament to our employees and their commitment to providing safe and dependable services to our customers.”

CES is a leading provider of a wide range of competitive energy services to meet the unique needs of customers across the United States. CES delivers reliable natural gas and energy services to natural gas utilities, large industrials and municipalities, as well as to other large-volume market segments.

In its 22nd edition report, Mastio analyzed customers’ responses to determine their perceptions about the best supplier based on the company’s prices and the benefits it offers. CES ranked highest in several categories, including reliability of natural gas supply, speed of contract negotiations and the sales team’s knowledge.

The 2018 findings were based on interviews with more than 500 natural gas customers. The analysis also included approximately 2,400 responses to five open-ended questions regarding suppliers. The data was gathered through telephone interviews with key decision makers from August through November 2018.

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On Wednesday, the Board of Directors of Summit Midstream GP, LLC (the “Board”) has named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Leonard Mallett, as President and Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis, effective immediately.

By mutual agreement with the Board, Steve Newby has stepped down as a director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Midstream Partners, LLC (“Summit Investments”) and Summit Midstream GP, LLC (collectively with Summit Investments, “Summit”). Mr. Mallett will maintain his COO responsibilities during this interim period. The Board has engaged an executive recruiting firm to assist it in conducting the search for a permanent CEO.

SMLP is undertaking a series of strategic actions (together referred to as the “Transaction”) to place SMLP in a stronger financial position with increased flexibility to fund accretive growth projects and settle the Deferred Purchase Price Obligation (“DPPO”) by 2020.  Among other things, the Transaction is expected to result in SMLP retaining approximately $85 million of incremental cash flow annually, which will improve its overall credit profile, reduce its cost of capital, and create a more competitive MLP, while significantly reducing its reliance on the public equity capital markets.

The Transaction consists of the following actions:

  • Sale of Tioga Midstream, a non-core gathering system in North Dakota, to affiliates of Hess Infrastructure Partners LP for $90.0 million, subject to customary closing adjustments;
  • Prepayment of $100.0 million of the DPPO and an agreement to fix the remaining obligation due in 2020 at $303.5 million;
  • Elimination of SMLP’s economic General Partner interest and incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”) in exchange for 8.75 million SMLP common units issued to a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Investments; and
  • Establishment of a new distribution policy through the reduction of SMLP’s distribution per common unit to $0.2875 per quarter, beginning with the distribution to be paid in respect of the first quarter of 2019.

Mr. Mallett, interim President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “The Transaction announced today will drive improved operational and financial results with greater emphasis on our core focus areas, including the Utica, Williston, DJ and Permian. We are streamlining our business with a non-core asset sale, a strategy that we intend to dedicate even more focus and attention to evaluating in the near-term.  We are also positioning our balance sheet to fund attractive growth projects in 2019 as well as the DPPO by 2020, and further aligning the General Partner and the Limited Partners with the elimination of the IDRs.  We believe these actions bring notable benefits to SMLP’s credit profile, distribution coverage and cost of capital, which we believe will enhance long-term unitholder value.”

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March is roaring in like a lion as many interstate pipeline companies have posted critical notices related to cold weather for the next few days:

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers and Storage Customers

Storage – Effective immediately for gas day Thursday 2/27/2019 and until further notice, per Part 6.18.12 of the ANRPL Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, Infield Storage Transfer Requests will be restricted if the request results in an increase to ANRPL’s service obligations, such as, but not limited to, requests from either Rate Schedule DDS or MBS to Rate Schedule FSS. All Infield Storage Transfer Requests will be considered on an individual basis.

Also, effective gas day Saturday 3/2/2019, Timely cycle and continuing thru gas day Wednesday 3/6/2019, in order to preserve system integrity and to ensure ANR is able to meet scheduled delivery commitments to all locations in ML7; ANR is, in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions, declaring an “Extreme Condition” as that term is defined in ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff §6.1, lowering the Swing Percentage from 10% to 5 %.

ANR is requesting, in accordance with §6.6.4 of its FERC Gas Tariff, that all receipt and delivery services, excluding ETS and FTS-3 services, to be at a uniform hourly flow rate over a twenty-four (24) hour period. ETS and FTS-3 shippers are required to be at their contractually agreed upon hourly rate.

Requests for operational flexibility with regard to variable hourly flow rates will be denied. All shippers must adhere to the flow rates applicable to the rate schedule of their nominated contract. Nominations on FTS-3 and ETS contracts to Secondary delivery gates must flow at an even-hourly rate

Requests for ITS-3 service will not be scheduled on ANR’s contiguous system in ML7,. Additionally, requests for Interruptible and Overrun delivery service on Rate Schedules ITS and IWS through Bridgman Westbound, Loc ID 226625, Sandwich Northbound, Loc Id 359925 and Crystal Falls-Fortune LK Loc Id 11661, WILL NOT be scheduled.

ANR is also reminding all MBS shippers that volumes not within operating tolerances and not at a uniform hourly flow rate of 1/24th of scheduled nominations will not be permitted.

In addition, ANR is not allowing any “Unauthorized Overrun” under Rate Schedules FTS-1, FTS-2, FTS-3, FTS-4, FTS-4L, STS and ETS. Please refer to ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff under each rate schedule for further detail.

As a reminder, per ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff §6.6.3, “Shipper will not have the right to receive quantities of Gas that it has not simultaneously nominated and delivered to Transporter at Receipt Point(s).”

ANR reserves the right to revoke any conditionally approved operational flexibility.

To clarify, ANR is NOT declaring an Operational Flow Order (OFO) at this time.

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

With significantly colder temperatures and moisture being forecast beginning Saturday, March 2, 2019, CIG is anticipating an increase in demand on its system which will limit its ability to manage imbalances associated with supply shortfalls. Therefore, when necessary to minimize imbalances and protect system integrity, underperformance caps may be placed on nonperforming receipt points effective until further notice. In addition the following actions will be taken:

NNT overrun withdrawal requests will be allocated to 100,000 dth; Payback OFF the system will not be accepted; Payback ONTO the system will be approved; Absent other capacity concerns, interruptible services may be at risk. 

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC will be commencing service for an additional 750 MDth/d of its Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project capacity effective Gas Day Friday, March 1, 2019.   Nominations will be accepted beginning for the Timely Cycle for Gas Day Friday, March 1, 2019.  Please monitor the Daily Capacity Posting effective for Friday, March 1, 2019 for capacity changes related to MXP. 

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC began service for 530 MDth/d of its Gulf XPress (GXP) project capacity effective Wednesday, February 27, 2019.   Nominations are now being accepted.   

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, ETNG is issuing a Balancing Alert Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 14.7 of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, February 28, 2019 for all meters east of the Boyds Creek Compressor Station.

This OFO does not affect the ability of ETNG to receive or deliver quantities of gas for scheduled nominations to any customer, storage field, or pipeline.

During the effectiveness of this OFO, balancing parties under Rate Schedules LMSMA and LMSPA must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries out of the system and actual receipts of gas into the system must be equal to or greater than scheduled receipts into the system. Additionally, balancing parties with meters west of Boyds Creek will not be allowed to utilize undertakes at meters located west of Boyds Creek to offset overtakes at meters located east of Boyds Creek.

The penalty provisions under Section 47.5(b) of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff shall apply for failure to conform for each dekatherm of actual receipt quantities that are less than scheduled receipt quantities and for each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that are greater than scheduled delivery quantities, in each case with a tolerance of 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dekatherms (whichever is greater).

In addition, ETNG will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Tallulah (LA) Compressor Station Maintenance:  Start date:  February 27, 2019   End Date:  March 9, 2019

Expansion Receipts Upstream Tallulah Scheduling Group.

Capacity could be impacted by up to 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential for maximum utilization of northbound firm Main Line capacity causing a potential supply deficiency in the Market Zone, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 and continuing until further notice.

 During this time:

 1)           MRT may not schedule any IT or AOR volumes for delivery north of Glendale.

 2)           Firm volumes may be limited to their primary direction of flow on the system north of Glendale.

 3)           MRT may not schedule volumes that result in a daily short position in either the Market or Field Zones.

 4)           The use of imbalance positions may not be scheduled.

 5)           Pool transfers will not be permitted from MRT s Field Zone to its Market Zone.

6)           Customers with primary delivery points north of the Glendale Compressor station and a receipt point that utilizes South to North transportation, will be required to nominate and source all, or a portion of, their total nomination at primary receipt points and/or at available Market Zone supply locations, not to exceed applicable maximum receipt point quantities in order to support their primary deliveries.

7)           Shippers whose firm transportation contracts have Texas Gas Boardwalk (Boardwalk) and/or EGT Olyphant (Olyphant) and/or Noark listed as primary receipt points, must schedule the full amount of their primary receipt point quantity each of those points or, if the primary receipt point is Boardwalk and/or Olyphant, at an alternative Main Line receipt point that is north of their primary receipt point (Olyphant and/or Noark) if they desire to fully utilize their contract MDQ. Shippers may elect to forego nominating their full primary receipt point quantity at any/all of these points, however, such shipper’s maximum scheduled and confirmed contract quantity shall be limited to their contract MDQ less any primary receipt point quantity at Boardwalk and/or Olyphant and/or Noark that is not scheduled and confirmed.

 8)           Instantaneous flow rates for shippers delivering to meters located in MRT s Market Zone cannot exceed 110% of their daily entitlements.

Shippers whose deliveries are affected by any of the Seven (8) conditions above are encouraged to source supply at their primary receipt points, MRT’s East Line, MoGas, or reduce applicable delivery volumes.

Failure to comply with this SPW may result in Customers being issued an individual OFO.  Nominations will be confirmed and scheduled in accordance with MRT s Tariff.

Northern Natural Gas:

A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 50% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Friday, March 1, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Due to the declining deliverability at Jackson Prairie described in Notice # 19-042, and the anticipated reduction of available gas supply at Sumas beginning Wednesday, February 27 as a result of Enbridge work, Shipper compliance with Realignment and Must-Flow OFOs will be critical to avoid issuance of a Supply Shortage OFO.

If there is insufficient gas supply physically available to comply with Must-Flow OFOs, Northwest will issue a Supply Shortage OFO. Non-compliance with a Must-Flow OFO will result in penalties, unless Northwest accepts an affidavit, executed by an officer of Shipper, declaring that gas was physically unavailable for OFO compliance. Northwest will not accept such an affidavit if is aware of the physical availability of supply.

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line:

Weather Alert – Based on current cold weather forecasts, Panhandle is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day Saturday, March 2, 2019, until further notice, Panhandle is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. 

Intraday scheduling reductions may be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities. Shippers are encouraged to submit their nominations for the Timely cycle. Evening and Intraday nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity. 

The following nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity:  Interruptible and Secondary Outside-the-Path.

Similarly, all storage customers are requested to stay at or below their Maximum Daily Withdrawal Quantity (MDWQ). Storage customers should adjust flowing volumes to remain at or below these limits. 

To ensure system integrity, Power Plant Operators must have nominated supply.  Panhandle may limit Auto-Unpark nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Rover Pipeline:

Weather Alert – Based on current cold weather forecasts, Rover is preparing for reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day March 2, 2019, until further notice, Rover is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. Intraday scheduling reductions will be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities.

Rover may limit Auto-Unpark nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Due to severe weather conditions forecasted, Southern Star is issuing a Winter Weather Warning effective Friday, March 01, 2019. The following actions will be taken to preserve system integrity:

Firm Storage withdrawals will be limited to MDWQ (AOS will not be allowed)

Customers with TSS and STS contracts should ensure that their flowing gas to storage gas withdrawal relationship is per their contractual agreements

Storage customers should ensure that their storage balances are at the appropriate levels for the duration of this notice

ISS withdrawals and PLS withdrawals will be unavailable

Incremental Loans will not be available

Imbalance makeup for gas due others (SSC off-system) will not be available

Receipt and delivery point operators should ensure that flowing volumes match confirmed scheduled quantities.

Intraday scheduling reductions will be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities.

Operational flexibility will not be available during this time.

Southern Star will issue underperformance notices to each point operator not delivering the scheduled quantities they had confirmed. Southern Star will unilaterally reduce scheduled quantities per the tariff to match actual flow if the delivering operator does not remedy the underperformance in accordance with the notice.

If customers do not adhere to the request, or if actual weather or operating conditions require it, Southern Star could issue a system wide, point or shipper specific OFO on short notice.

These conditions are expected to remain in effect through Wednesday, March 06, 2019.

Trunkline Gas Company:

Weather Alert – Based on current cold weather forecasts, Trunkline is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day Saturday, March 2, 2019, until further notice, Panhandle is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. 

Intraday scheduling reductions may be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities. Shippers are encouraged to submit their nominations for the Timely cycle. Evening and Intraday nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity. 

The following nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity:  Interruptible and Secondary Outside-the-Path.

Similarly, all storage customers are requested to stay at or below their Maximum Daily Withdrawal Quantity (MDWQ). Storage customers should adjust flowing volumes to remain at or below these limits. 

To ensure system integrity, Power Plant Operators must have nominated supply.  Trunkline may limit Auto-Unpark nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

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From the National Weather Service, the six-to-ten day temperature forecast calls for more cold weather for all areas of the lower 48 states except for the desert Southwest and south Texas through March 10.  Brr!!!

That concludes this busy Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return on Monday to give you an update on pipeline conditions to start the new work week. 

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Edition 42 – Monday, February 25, 2019

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Though Punxatawny Phil said we should only have a few more weeks of winter, another blast of cold weather will usher in the month of March for most of the country.  We’ll check the temperature forecast coming up at the end of this report.

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

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 177 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending February 15. Working natural gas stocks are 1.705 Tcf, which is nearly 18% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 38¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.75/MMBtu for the week ending February 20. The price of ethane fell by 3%. The price of natural gasoline, propane, butane, and isobutane rose by 8%, 9%, 9%, and 13%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, February 12, the natural gas rig count decreased by 1 to 194. The number of oil-directed rigs rose by 3 to 857. The total rig count now stands at 1,051.

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the price of the March 2019 contract increased about 12 cents today on Monday to reach $2.84/MMBtu. The price of the 12-month strip averaging March 2019 through February 2020 futures contracts has climbed to reach about $2.94/MMBtu .

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Venture Global LNG, Inc. announced Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the Order Granting Authorizations under Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act for the company’s Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and associated TransCameron Pipeline in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

“With our FERC order in hand and our project contracted with binding 20-year sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) with Shell, BP, Edison S.p.A., Galp, Repsol and PGNiG, we plan to immediately commence construction activities in Louisiana in close coordination with FERC and other agencies,” Co-CEOs Bob Pender and Mike Sabel jointly stated. “This milestone is the culmination of years of effort, and we are proud of the excellent work done by our regulatory, environmental, legal and engineering teams. We are excited to begin construction of our Calcasieu Pass project and deliver low-cost LNG to our global customers in 2022.”

The 10 MTPA nameplate Calcasieu Pass facility will employ a comprehensive process solution from GE Oil & Gas, LLC, part of Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) that utilizes mid-scale, modular, factory-fabricated liquefaction trains. Venture Global has executed an integrated turnkey EPC contract with Kiewit to design, engineer, construct, commission, test and guarantee the Calcasieu Pass facility.

The company is also developing the 20 MTPA nameplate Plaquemines LNG export facility and associated Gator Express Pipeline in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The Plaquemines LNG facility received its draft Environmental Impact Statement on November 13, 2018 and expects to receive its final Environmental Impact Statement on May 3, 2019, according to the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review issued by FERC on August 31, 2018. FERC has established a 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline of August 1, 2019. Plaquemines LNG has executed a binding 20-year SPA with PGNiG.

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A late February surge of cold weather will dominate the northern states to begin this week. Let’s review the latest critical notices from the natural gas pipeline companies’ electronic bulletin board systems:

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers,

Effective gas day Monday 2/25/2019, Intraday 1 cycle and continuing thru gas day Wednesday 2/27/2019, in order to preserve system integrity and to ensure ANR is able to meet scheduled delivery commitments to all locations in ML7; ANR is, in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions, declaring an “Extreme Condition” as that term is defined in ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff §6.1, lowering the Swing Percentage from 10% to 5 %.

ANR is requesting, in accordance with §6.6.4 of its FERC Gas Tariff, that all receipt and delivery services, excluding ETS and FTS-3 services, to be at a uniform hourly flow rate over a twenty-four (24) hour period. ETS and FTS-3 shippers are required to be at their contractually agreed upon hourly rate.

Requests for operational flexibility with regard to variable hourly flow rates will be denied. All shippers must adhere to the flow rates applicable to the rate schedule of their nominated contract. Nominations on FTS-3 and ETS contracts to Secondary delivery gates must flow at an even-hourly rate

Requests for ITS-3 service will not be scheduled on ANR’s contiguous system in ML7,. Additionally, requests for Interruptible and Overrun delivery service on Rate Schedules ITS and IWS through Bridgman Westbound, Loc ID 226625, Sandwich Northbound, Loc Id 359925 and Crystal Falls-Fortune LK Loc Id 11661, WILL NOT be scheduled.

ANR is also reminding all MBS shippers that volumes not within operating tolerances and not at a uniform hourly flow rate of 1/24th of scheduled nominations will not be permitted.

In addition, ANR is not allowing any “Unauthorized Overrun” under Rate Schedules FTS-1, FTS-2, FTS-3, FTS-4, FTS-4L, STS and ETS. Please refer to ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff under each rate schedule for further detail.

As a reminder, per ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff §6.6.3, “Shipper will not have the right to receive quantities of Gas that it has not simultaneously nominated and delivered to Transporter at Receipt Point(s).”

ANR reserves the right to revoke any conditionally approved operational flexibility.

To clarify, ANR is NOT declaring an Operational Flow Order (OFO) at this time.


Columbia Gas Transmission:

As an update to the Critical Days currently in effect in Operating Areas 1, 4, and 10, shippers are advised that due to forecasted colder temperatures, storage levels, and increased market demands beginning Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) may issue Transport Critical Days for deliveries to all Operating Areas and Storage Critical Days for withdrawals (MDWQ overruns) for all Operating Areas.  TCO will post the Critical Day notices, if warranted, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.    

Also, TCO may have limited ability to handle non-ratable takes in the impacted Market Areas during this period.  Please monitor the Daily Capacity Posting for details. 

TRANSPORT CRITICAL DAY:  If a Transport Critical Day is called for Wednesday, February 27, 2019 until further notice, the following daily Transport Critical Day penalty will apply:

Applicable Penalty:  TFE – If Shipper’s takes on any Day exceed the greater of 103 percent or 1,000 Dths more than its Total Firm Entitlement (TFE), Shipper shall be assessed and pay a penalty based on the higher of: (i) a price per Dth equal to three times the midpoint of the range of prices reported for “Columbia Gas, Appalachia” as published in Platts Gas Daily price survey for all such quantities in excess of its TFE, or (ii) a price per Dth equal to 150 percent of the highest midpoint posting for either: Mich Con City-gate, Transco, Zone 6 Non-N.Y., or Texas Eastern, M-2 Receipts as published in Platts Gas Daily price survey for all such quantities in excess of its TFE.  Section 19.1(ii) penalties will only be assessed on days in which the daily spot price of gas exceeds three times the midpoint of the range of prices reported for “Columbia Gas, Appalachia. 

NOTE:  Takes in excess of Total Firm Entitlements (“TFE”) are penalized on Critical Days based on takes exceeding the aggregate daily amount of gas that TCO is obligated to deliver to a shipper under the shipper’s applicable rate schedule.  Each applicable rate schedule outlines this delivery obligation and, consequently, a shipper’s TFE. 

STORAGE CRITICAL DAY:  If a Storage Critical Day is called for Wednesday, February 27, 2019 until further notice, all firm storage services will be fully available.  Interruptible storage withdrawals (SIT and ISS), excess FSS withdrawals, and PAL loans and unparks will not be available if delivered in the impacted operating areas.  

 Applicable Penalties:

– FSS MDWQ- Withdrawn quantities in excess of 103% of the applicable contract MDWQ will be assessed a penalty based on a price per Dth equal to three times the midpoint rate for “Columbia Gas, Appalachia,” posted in Gas Daily.  

– FSS MMWQ – Monthly Withdrawal Quantities that exceed 30% (February Limit) of SCQ will be assessed a penalty of $5.00 per Dth.  

– FSS SCQ – If withdrawals from storage result in the FSS contract having a negative SCQ balance, a penalty of $5 per Dth will be assessed.

Dominion Gas Transmission:

Due to current weather forecasts, effective with the start of gas day (10:00AM ECT) Tuesday, February 26, 2019,there will be no interruptible or secondary firm capacity available at systems north of Sabinsville Junction in Pennsylvania and Stateline facilities in the northern portion of the DETI operating area, including, but not limited to, the following delivery points until further notice:

Corning Natural Gas 21000; New York State Electric & Gas 20700; Arlington Storage (Seneca) 20720; Rochester Gas and Electric 20600; Allegany Generation 23632; Niagara Mohawk 20500 and 20550; Fillmore Gas 23600; National Fuel Gas Distribution 20900; Steuben Storage 90005; Alliance/Lower Leroy 30005; Woodhull 23700; Indeck Silver Springs 30001; Tioga UGI Storage 90002; Tioga R-Gate 90008; Cornell 30170; Bethlehem Energy Center 30200; Iroquois Canajoharie 41101; Empire Lysander 40801.

In addition, deliveries off DETI at the following locations will be limited to primary only:

Tennessee-Brookview 40103; Tennessee-North Sheldon 40115; Tennessee-Morrisville 40114; Tennessee-Marilla 40113; Tennessee-Sabinsville 40120.

Please note that “Unauthorized Overrun Charges – Daily” rate of $10.00/dth will apply to deliveries made in excess of FT and FTNN entitlements while these restrictions are in place.

Florida Gas Transmission:

MARCH 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

FGT will continue pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 10 in southern Mississippi. This maintenance is expected to continue through the end of gas day March 31, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 1,150,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 1,300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10.

FGT will perform pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 11 in southern Alabama. This maintenance is scheduled to begin March 1, 2019 and to continue through the end of gas day March 31, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 3,050,000 MMBtu/day through Station 11. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 3,250,000 MMBtu/day through Station 11.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Natural has experienced a suspected leak on its Amarillo Mainline #3 in Hutchinson County, Texas in Natural’s Midcontinent Zone.  This is a Force Majeure event that requires Natural to temporarily reduce the maximum operating capacity northbound, thus limiting Natural’s throughput capacity from Segment 8 into the Midcontinent Zone as well as the Affected Area segments 5/6 flowing northbound into Segment 10 of the Midcontinent Zone.   

Additionally, transports associated with storage withdrawals will be impacted.  The Permian Pool (LOC 25077) and the Midcontinent Pool (LOC 25078) are located south (upstream) of the constraint. 

As such, effective for gas day Monday, February 25, 2019, Evening Cycle, and continuing until further notice, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 87% of contract MDQ from the Permian Zone (Segment 8) flowing into the Midcontinent Zone.  Actual nomination levels and changes in pipeline conditions could result in changes to the percentages scheduled (lower or higher) on subsequent gas days.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports continue to not be available for the duration of this restriction.  

For the Affected Area 5/6, effective for gas day Monday, February 25, 2019, Intraday 1 Cycle, and continuing until further notice (previously Monday, February 25, 2019, Evening Cycle), Natural will schedule a total receipt point capacity of 86,000 dth per day (formerly 186,000 dth per day) in the Affected Area.  AOR/ITS, Secondary out-of-path Firm transports and Secondary in-path Firm transports will not be available.Natural will be required to schedule down nominations for Primary Firm transports. 

Northern Natural Gas:

A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 0% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Tuesday, February 16, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Sabine Pipeline:

Effective for nominations made for transport during the Gas Day Tuesday February 26, 2019, due to planned maintenance, Sabine Pipe Line LLC is limiting total receipt nominations to a maximum of 100,000 MMBtu/day at the following Henry Hub receipt point:

COLUMBIA GULF/HENRY HUB 11202

Please continue to monitor this website for updates.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL AREAS EAST OF STA 245 AND STA 325 EFFECTIVE 2-26-19

Due to a forecast of colder temperatures moving into areas of the Northeast with associated higher demand,for the Gas Day of Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Tennessee is implementing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all areas east of STA 245 on the 200 Line and all areas east of STA 325 on the 300 Line for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.  

All delivery point operators in all areas east of STA 245 on the 200 Line and all areas east of STA 325 on the 300 Line are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in all areas east of STA 245 on the 200 and all areas east of STA 325 on the 300 Line are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position. 

In addition, it is essential that delivery point operators schedule gas at meters commensurate with takes within the affected areas.  All LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA and LMS-PL Balancing Parties are required to maintain an actual daily flow rate not exceeding 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dths, whichever is greater for under-deliveries into the system and over-takes from the system. Customers will be assessed a rate of $5.00 plus the applicable Regional Daily Spot Price per dekatherm for that portion of physical quantities related to under-deliveries by receipt point operators and over-takes by delivery point operators which exceed this tolerance.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

Transco recently provided notice of limited flexibility to manage imbalances and recommended shippers maintain a concurrent balance of receipts and deliveries. In order to ensure system integrity, maintain safe operations, manage imbalances, and handle within-the-day volatility, Transco is issuing an Imbalance Operational Flow Order (OFO).

Beginning:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019 and until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

Tolerance %:  10% for gas Due from Shippers or Due to Shippers

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast predicts another blast of artic cold weather beginning next weekend into the first few days of March as most of the lower 48 states will be at or below normal temperatures.  Only Florida and the desert Southwest will escape the cold temperatures through March 7. 

Thanks for checking out the Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return on Thursday to give you an update on pipeline conditions heading into the weekend. 

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Edition 41 – Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Though a relatively mild weekend awaits, Ol’ Man Winter will be returning to visit us again beginning around March 1. Stay tuned for the latest long-term temperature forecast!

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage for the week ending Friday, February 15 decreased by 177 Bcf from the previous week.  The storage draw was 10% higher than the 162 Bcf estimate made by industry analysts. 

Natural gas volumes in storage are now 362 Bcf (or 17.5%) below the five-year average for the same week. 

In related news, the NYMEX natural gas futures price for March, 2019 rose 6 cents to about $2.70/MMBtu on Thursday. 

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Devon Energy Corp. announced yesterday that the board of directors has authorized the company to pursue the separation of its Canadian and Barnett Shale assets to complete its transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business. Devon will evaluate multiple methods of separating the assets, including a potential sale or spin-off. The separation will allow the company to focus on its top-tier, high-return U.S. oil assets and is aligned with Devon’s previously announced long-term strategic plan.

“With our world-class U.S. oil resource plays rapidly building momentum and achieving operating scale, the final step in our multi-year transformation is an aggressive, transformational move that will accelerate value creation for our shareholders by further simplifying our resource-rich asset portfolio,” said Dave Hager, president and CEO. “New Devon will emerge with a highly focused U.S. asset portfolio and has the ability to substantially increase returns and profitability as we aggressively align our cost structure to expand margins with this top-tier oil business. The New Devon will be able to grow oil volumes at a mid-teens rate while generating free cash flow at pricing above $46 per barrel.”

The company expects to complete the separation of its Canadian and Barnett Shale assets by the end of 2019. Devon has hired advisors for each asset, and data rooms for Canada and the Barnett are expected to be open by the second quarter of 2019.

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QEP Resources, Inc. Wednesday announced that its Board of Directors has commenced a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, which could result in a merger or sale of the Company or other transaction involving the Company or its assets. QEP intends to engage in discussions with a variety of parties that have expressed interest in a potential transaction, including Elliott Management Corporation.

QEP cautions that there can be no assurance that any transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not intend to disclose developments relating to its strategic review unless and until the Board of Directors has approved a specific agreement or transaction or has terminated its review of strategic alternatives.

The Company also announced that, given the deterioration in commodity prices and that it was unlikely that the conditions to closing would be satisfied, the Company has agreed with Vantage Acquisition Operating Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. to terminate the definitive agreement to sell its assets in the Williston Basin to Vantage. QEP will continue to operate and develop its assets in the Williston Basin, including the Company’s South Antelope and Fort Berthold leaseholds.

Additionally, QEP has reassessed its organizational needs and intends to significantly reduce its general and administrative expense by approximately 45%, when comparing 2018 to 2020, to ensure its cost structure is competitive with industry peers. The Company expects the majority of these reductions will be implemented during the first half of 2019.

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Now let’s take a look at the latest notices from the electronic bulletin boards of the major interstate natural gas pipeline companies:

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

Algonquin posted its planned outages presentation from Wednesday, February 20, 2019  to its Electronic Bulletin Board.  See below:

https://infopost.spectraenergy.com/GotoLINK/GetLINKdocument.asp?Pipe=10076&Environment=Production&DocumentType=Notice&FileName=AGT+2019+Planned+Outage+Presentation.pdf&DocumentId=8aa1649f68e6c87f01690bf272270bea

ANR Pipeline:

ANR is performing planned compressor maintenance at its Jena Compressor Station located in the Southeast Southern Segment (Zone 2).

The capacity restriction is as follows:

Jena Southbound (DRN# 9505489):
320-MMcf/d (leaving 850-MMcf/d available) 2/25 – 2/26

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. 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.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia posted its monthly customer update conference call as shown below:

http://www.columbiapipeinfo.com/cpginfopost/webmethods/DownloadFile.aspx?Mode=V&S3FN=Columbia%20Pipelines%20Monthly%20Customer%20Update%2002_20_19.pdf&S3K=%5ctco%5cpresentations%5cColumbia+Pipelines+Monthly+Customer+Update+02_20_19.pdf

Gulf South Pipeline:

McComb (MS) Compressor Station Maintenance #2:  Start date:  February 27, 2019   End Date:  March 2, 2019

Montpelier to McComb Index 130 Scheduling Group:

Capacity could be impacted by up to 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Contact your customer service representative if you have any questions/concerns.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Effective for gas day Friday, February 22, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural is at operating capacity for southbound flow into Segment 22 through Compressor Station 300 located in Victoria County, Texas (Natural’s South Texas Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled.   

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX):

SENECA COMPRESSOR STATION MAINTENANCE

On Gas Day Wednesday, March 6, 2019 through Gas Day Thursday, March 7, 2019, REX will be performing maintenance at its Seneca Compressor Station. Operating capacity will be limited to 0 MDth/d through Segment 400.

At this capacity level, primary and secondary firm quantities, as well as ITS/AOR are at risk of not being scheduled.

Southern Natural Gas:

Fairburn Force Majeure – Update #1

As posted in Critical Notice 703048, SNG has experienced an unscheduled station outage at the Fairburn Compressor Station.  Effective February 8, 2019, SNG is not accepting nominations at the TRNSCO/SNG FAIRBURN TO SNG FAYETTE – PIN 50069 until further notice.

Based on its investigation of Units 1 and 2 at the Fairburn Compressor Station, SNG has determined that Unit 1 has experienced damage that will delay its return to service for several months, with the in-service date to be determined. 

With regard to Unit 2, SNG is actively performing work and tests, and we believe, based on what we know right now, that completion of this work will allow us to return the unit to service in the near future. A further update will be provided once we have more information on the return to service timeline.

This unscheduled station outage 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 is working diligently to return both units to service.

Trailblazer Pipeline:

SUMMIT INTERCONNECT (SEG 10)

On Gas Day Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Trailblazer will be performing a hot tap on Segment 10. Capacity will be limited to 781 MDth/d through Segment 10. 

At this capacity level, primary and secondary firm quantities as well as ITS/AOR are at risk of not being scheduled.

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From the National Weather Service, the 8-to-14 day temperature forecast beginning March 1 shows that winter will return with a vengeance for almost the entire US.  Only portions of southern Florida and the desert Southwest are expected to see temperatures at or above normal for the first week of the new month. 

That’s a wrap for this Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return on Monday to give you an update on pipeline conditions to start the new work week. 

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