Monday, May 13, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com.  A variety of springtime weather conditions has caused a late season snowfall in the Rockies and northern tier of states while a large area of severe weather and flooding caused issues in the South.  Meanwhile, spot natural gas prices seem to be stuck in neutral as we start the new week.   

Today, we’ll also review the latest interstate pipeline company critical notices, provide an update on latest energy news, and cover the latest National Weather Service temperature forecast into late May, too.

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

Net injections to working gas totaled 85 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending May 3. Working natural gas stocks are 1.547 Tcf, which is 16% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the price of the June 2019 contract was nearly static at $2.62/MMBtu on Monday.  The price of the 12-month strip averaging June 2019 through May 2020 futures contracts is now about $2.75/MMBtu.

Strong natural gas production, as well as rapidly-rising demand, resulted in record-high production of natural gas plant liquids, which reached 4.7 million barrels per day (b/d) in February 2019. Growth in natural gas plant liquids production was led by ethane, which was nearly 130,000 barrels per day (b/d) higher than in the previous month.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 43¢/MMBtu, averaging $5.69/MMBtu for the week ending May 8. The price of natural gasoline, ethane, propane, butane, and isobutane all fell, by 2%, 5%, 8%, 12%, and 13%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, April 30, the natural gas rig count decreased by three to 183. The number of oil-directed rigs rose by two to 807. The total rig count decreased by one and now stands at 990.

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OG&E, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp., announced that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) today unanimously approved the company’s preapproval application to acquire the AES Shady Point plant near Poteau, Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Cogeneration LLC facility in Oklahoma City.

The company, which filed its preapproval request in December 2018, is expected to pay approximately $53 million for the two plants – both of which have served OG&E customers for several decades under federally mandated power purchase agreements.

“These acquisitions create a win-win on multiple fronts,” said OG&E spokesman Brian Alford. “Our customers will save tens of millions of dollars each year by eliminating costly, federally mandated agreements. The Shady Point acquisition will help maintain grid stability as growth continues in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. It also ensures many jobs will be preserved in an economically challenged region. The Oklahoma Cogen acquisition will help ensure the facility’s natural-gas-fired capacity will continue to support reliability and resiliency in the ever-growing Oklahoma City-metro area. And, we’ll see a further reduction in power plant air emissions as a result of the acquisitions.”

Shady Point has a generation capacity of 360MW and Oklahoma Cogeneration has a capacity of 146MW.

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On Friday, Weatherford International plc (“Weatherford” or the “Company”) announced that it has executed a restructuring support agreement (the “Restructuring Agreement”) with a group of its senior noteholders (the “Ad Hoc Noteholder Group”) that collectively holds or controls approximately 62% of the Company’s senior unsecured notes. The proposed comprehensive financial restructuring would significantly reduce the Company’s long-term debt and related interest costs, provide access to additional financing and establish a more sustainable capital structure.

Weatherford expects to implement the Restructuring Agreement through a “pre-packaged” Chapter 11 process and expects to file U.S. chapter 11 and Irish examinership proceedings (collectively, the “Cases”). As part of this process, Weatherford intends to continue engaging in discussions with, and begin soliciting votes from, its creditors in connection with a proposed Plan of Reorganization prior to filing.

“During the past year, we have been executing a company-wide transformation to fundamentally improve the way we operate our business and to strengthen Weatherford for the long run,” said Mark A. McCollum, President and CEO of Weatherford. 

Under the terms of the Restructuring Agreement, the Company’s unsecured noteholders would exchange approximately $7.4 billion of senior unsecured notes for approximately 99% of the equity in the Company and $1.25 billion of new tranche B senior unsecured notes (the “Tranche B Notes”).

The Restructuring Agreement contemplates the Company will continue operating its businesses and facilities without disruption to its customers, vendors, partners or employees and that all trade claims against the Company (whether arising prior to or after the commencement of the Chapter 11 Cases) will be paid in full in the ordinary course of business.

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We’re off to a relatively quiet start to the work week Monday along the interstate natural gas pipeline grid.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

As previously posted, East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. As a result, effective May 13, 2019, ETNG requires all delivery point operators on the system to 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 on the system are required to keep actual 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.

This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Effective for gas day Tuesday, May 14, 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. 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC also conducted its customer meeting today, May 13, 2019.  In an effort to keep all customers informed relative to items discussed, the presentation slides from this meeting have been posted to the internet and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

https://pipeline2.kindermorgan.com/Documents/NGPL/NGPL_2019_Customer_Meeting-20190513123438.pdf

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast through May 23 shows temperature extremes on both coasts of the United States.  The eastern half of the country will see warmer than seasonal weather, while the West Coast and Rocky Mountain regions are expecting significantly colder than normal temperatures for the period.

That’s all for this Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return Thursday to provide an update on the interstate gas pipeline conditions expected for the weekend. 

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  We check the country’s interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their most recent critical postings and bring you information about significant changes in pipeline operating conditions prior to this Mother’s Day weekend.

Today, we will also update you on the latest publicly released news about one of Anadarko Petroleum‘s suitors. Plus, we’ll give you the extended temperature forecast through May 19 from the National Weather Service, too.  

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working natural gas in storage was 1.547 Tcf as of Friday, May 3, 2019.  This represents a net increase of 85 Bcf from the previous week.

Natural gas in storage is now 16% below the five-year historical average.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, the natural gas futures price for June, 2019 was down more than three cents on Thursday to finish at about $2.57/MMBtu. 

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Chevron Corporation announced today that, under the terms of its previously announced Merger Agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, it will not make a counterproposal and will allow the four-day match period to expire.  Accordingly, Chevron anticipates that Anadarko will terminate the Merger Agreement.

Chevron’s Chairman and CEO Michael Wirth said, “Winning in any environment doesn’t mean winning at any cost. Cost and capital discipline always matter, and we will not dilute our returns or erode value for our shareholders for the sake of doing a deal. Our advantaged portfolio is driving robust production and cash flow growth, higher investment returns and lower execution risk. We are well positioned to deliver superior value creation for our shareholders.”

Upon termination of the Merger Agreement, Anadarko will be required to pay Chevron a termination fee of $1 billion.

Earlier this week, Anadarko’s Board of Directors deemed a revised offer from Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a “Superior Proposal” and plans to move ahead with the OXY offer.

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On Wednesday, Marathon Petroleum Corporation and midstream affiliates MPLX LP and Andeavor Logistics LP announced that the two midstream companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby MPLX will acquire Andeavor in a unit-for-unit transaction at a blended exchange ratio of 1.07x. This represents an equity value of approximately $9 billion and an enterprise value of $14 billion for the acquired entity. The transaction has been unanimously approved by MPLX’s and ANDX’s respective Conflicts Committees and both Boards of Directors. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and receipt of regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, ANDX public unitholders will receive 1.135x MPLX common units for each ANDX common unit held, representing a premium of 7.3%, and MPC will receive 1.0328x MPLX common units for each ANDX common unit held, representing a 2.4% discount. The blended exchange ratio of 1.07x represents a 1% premium to market1.

“This transaction simplifies our MLPs into a single listed entity and creates a leading, large-scale, diversified midstream company anchored by fee-based cash flows,” said Gary R. Heminger, chairman and chief executive officer. “This transaction is projected to be immediately accretive to MPLX unitholders on distributable cash flow, demonstrating MPC’s commitment to positioning its midstream business for long-term success”.

Mike Hennigan will remain President of the combined entity and lead all midstream activities.

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Now, let’s take a look at the latest critical notices from the electronic bulletin boards of the country’s interstate natural gas pipeline grid:

ANR Pipeline:

Effectively Wednesday, May 8, ANR will reduce the capacity for the Jena Southbound location (LOC #95105489), due to unplanned compressor maintenance at Jena compressor station located in the Southeast Southern Area (Zone 2).

The Jena Southbound location (LOC #9505489) capacity restriction is as follows:

75-MMcf/d (leaving 1,105-MMcf/d available) 5/8 – 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.

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 from a new receipt point immediately upstream of the High Five Meter Station (PIN#TBD), and have primary delivery rights into CIG’s 5C at the High Five delivery point interconnection (PIN#53893) which is currently under construction, and CIG will construct additional capacity at this meter to accommodate a minimum of 125,000 Dth/day of additional capacity.  CIG is conducting this Open Season on the terms described below. 

This binding Open Season will commence on May 8, 2019 and is scheduled to close at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time on May 22, 2019.  CIG intends to provide notification of capacity awards by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on May 2, 2019. 

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

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC reminds customers of upcoming meter station work at MS 478 (Transco Evangeline) on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  During this work, MS 478 will be set to a total capacity of 270,000 Dth per day.  Based on current scheduled volume, there is no expected impact to firm service.

On Wednesday, May 15, Columbia Gulf reminds customers of meter station work at MS 4118 (Florida Gas).  During this work, MS 4118 will be set to a total capacity of 294,000 Dth per day.  Based on current scheduled volume, there is no expected impact to firm service.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances downstream of Boyds Creek Compressor Station (Boyds Creek). As a result, effective Wednesday, May 8, ETNG requires all delivery point operators east of Boyds Creek 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 east of Boyds Creek are required to keep actual 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.

If necessary, ETNG will utilize any provision of its tariff to ensure system integrity including the issuance of customer specific or system wide OFOs.  This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Longview Compressor Station Maintenance:  Begins: May 13, 2019            Ends:  July 2, 2019

Longview Station #2 Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by up to 50,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Natural has experienced mechanical issues at Compressor Station 104 (CS 104) located in Barton County, Kansas (Segment 11 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone).  This is a Force Majeure event that will limit Natural’s throughput capacity northbound out of the Midcontinent Zone through Compressor Station 104.   

The scheduling constraint will be at CS 104; therefore, any gas received south of CS 104 for delivery north of CS 104 will be impacted for the duration of this restriction.  For scheduling purposes, the Midcontinent Pool (LOC 25078) is located south of the constraint.  Additionally, firm transportation nominated from receipt points south of CS 104 (including the Midcontinent Pool) for injection at any Amarillo storage point will be impacted.  Receipt points north of CS 104 will not be impacted.     

As such, effective for gas day, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Timely Cycle and anticipated to continue through gas day Monday, May 13, 2019,Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 77% of contract MDQ through CS 104.  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. 

The stated scheduling percentage is based upon the current level of firm capacity contracted for during this restriction and is subject to change based upon operational conditions and Shipper utilization.  Permian Zone delivery points will be available as an alternative.  The Trailblazer Gage (LOC 902900), Rex Jefferson (LOC 42499), and Northern Border Harper (LOC 908090) receipt points, as well as other supply points downstream of this constraint will also be available.

Southeast Supply Header (SESH):

Effective immediately, SESH is lifting the previously posted imbalance warning issued on April 6, 2019.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (TE) hereby declares a Force Majeure in accordance with Section 17 of the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff. The Force Majeure event is due to an unplanned outage at its Danville Compressor Station (Danville) in Danville, Kentucky. While efforts to repair the station to full capacity are underway, the estimated time of restoration is unclear at this time.

As a result of this outage north to south capacity through stations on the 30 inch line will be reduced to approximately:

Owingsville 1,644,000 Dth/d
Danville 1,638,000 Dth/d
Tompkinsville 1,440,000 Dth/d

TE will post updates to the status of repairs as they are known.

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The latest six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service for the period May 15-19 reveals that warmer than average temperatures will be seen along both the Southeast and Pacific Northwest regions.  From the Southwest through the Great Lakes and into New England, cooler than seasonal temperatures will prevail during much of the third week of May.

Thank you 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. 

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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!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  April is upon us with springtime weather causing a severe weather outbreak in the South early this week, while an early spring heavy snowfall is expected in the upper Midwest by later this week! 

Today, we’ll take a look at the latest energy news, scan the interstate natural gas pipeline grid, and bring you an update on the six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service

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

Net natural gas storage injections totaled 23 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending March 29. Working natural gas stocks are now 1.13 Tcf, which is 31% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for the same week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, March 26, the natural gas rig count decreased by 2 to 190. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 8 to 816. The total rig count decreased by 10, and it now stands at 1,006.

According to the EIA, U.S. LNG exports totaled 4.1 Bcf/d in January 2019, marking the third consecutive month where a new record high was reached. The volume of U.S. LNG exports rose steadily during 2018 as three new liquefaction units, called trains, totaling 1.9 Bcf/d capacity, began service:   

A single train at the Cove Point (Maryland) terminal in March 2018;

Train 5 at the Sabine Pass (Louisiana) terminal in November 2018;

Train 1 at the Corpus Christi (Texas) terminal in December 2018.

LNG export volumes are expected to continue to rise in 2019 as an additional 4 Bcf/d of liquefaction capacity is brought online by the end of this year.

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Today, Kinder Morgan, Inc. announced that Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) and El Paso Natural Gas (EPNG) have agreed to settlements with their shippers to address issues raised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) 501-G process.

Rate adjustments set forth in the agreements by TGP and EPNG will have a combined approximately $50 million EBITDA impact for 2019; and when fully implemented, will have an approximately $100 million combined annual impact on EBITDA. KMI expects that these two agreements, pending approval by FERC, should resolve the vast majority of KMI’s 501-G exposure.

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Now, let’s check out the latest critical postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline companies’ Electronic Bulletin Boards:

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, April 9, 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 that exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities. 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.

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

ANR Pipeline Company Notice of Force Majeure (Lifted 04/08/19)

Effective today, ANR has lifted the Force Majeure event on its Southeast Southern Segment (Zone 2) related to the unexpected pipeline repairs north of its Celestine Compressor Station. The associated capacity restrictions for Cottage Grove compressor station have been lifted.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) has experienced an unplanned outage at its Glade Spring Compressor Station (Glade Spring) on the 3300 Line. Repair efforts to restore this compressor station to full capacity are underway. As a consequence of this outage, ETNG estimates that west to east capacity will be as follows:

Glade Spring Compressor Station – 105,000 Dth/d
Rural Retreat Compressor Station – 200,000 Dth/d
Deliveries on the Roanoke Line – 57,000 Dth/d

Based on current pipeline conditions ETNG doesn’t anticipate any restrictions associated with this outage; however if nominations change, restrictions may be required.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Carthage Junction compressor station maintenance:  Begins April 8, 2019 – Ends April 11, 2019

Hall Summit Scheduling Group – Locations will experience higher than normal operating pressures. Capacity could be impacted by up to 300,000 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 estimates the impact to be up to 360,000 into Segment 200.  Actual nomination levels, changes in pipeline conditions, and assistance MEP is seeking from connecting pipelines upstream and downstream of the outage could result in a decrease to the capacity reduction.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this outage.  Primary Firm and Secondary-in-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled into Segment 200, assuming all such contracts are nominated at full applicable contract MDQ through the constrained segment. 

LOC 44450 AMID/DESTIN will be unavailable for all transport services for the duration of 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):

Announces: TRANSPORTATION RESTRICTIONS – NSS STORAGE SERVICES

AMARILLO SYSTEM

“IN-PATH” TRANSPORT FOR INJECTIONS”

Effective for gas day Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Timely Cycle, and continuing until further notice, Natural will require “in-path” transportation for NSS storage injections on the Amarillo System.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path firm transportation associated with NSS injections will not be scheduled.  Any receipt gas nominated from Rex Moultrie (LOC 44413) and pathed to the Amarillo System for storage injections will be available and scheduled on all transport services (subject to any posted constraints).

“IN-PATH” TRANSPORT FOR WITHDRAWALS TO THE MARKET AREA”

Effective for gas day Tuesday, April 9, 2018, Timely Cycle, and continuing until further notice, Natural will not require “in-path” transportation for NSS storage withdrawals on the Amarillo System to the Market Delivery Zone.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path firm transportation associated with NSS withdrawals will be scheduled.  

Northwest Pipeline:

Jackson Prairie storage customers are required to forward in writing an estimate of the volumes to be injected into their accounts during the period May 1 through September 30, 2019.  Please e-mail this information to your Marketing Services representative by May 1, 2019.

The suggested fill percentages are listed below in order to meet deliverability demands anticipated in the upcoming heating season.  In order to have full use of your working gas quantity, it is recommended the three benchmark percentages be met to avoid the standard reduction of usage based on meeting the minimum fill percentages as outlined in Section 8.3 of Rate Schedule SGS-2F.

 Jun 30 – minimum of 35% of total working gas quantity 

 Aug 31 – minimum of 80% of total working gas quantity

 Sep 30 – 100% full

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

This outage results in the following capacity north to south through compressor stations on the 30 inch:

Approximately
Berne 2,103,000 Dth/d
Wheelersburg 2,025,000 Dth/d
Tompkinsville 1,796,000 Dth/d

TE will take into consideration the reduced capacity during the timely cycles for future gas days.

TE will post updates to the status of its Athens compressor station as soon as it is known.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Texas Gas will be performing valve maintenance at location #9490 – Regency Riverton (Caldwell Parish, Louisiana) beginning Wednesday, April 10 and ending Thursday, April 11, 2019.

This location will be shut-in during this maintenance.  If you have any questions please contact your Customer Service Representative.

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The extended National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature outlook shows that warmer than seasonal weather will continue in the Southeastern US.  Expect normal April temperatures from New England, the Great Lakes and most of the Midwest.  Cooler than seasonal weather will prevail in the Rockies into the Pacific Northwest through April 18. 

That’s all for this Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return Thursday to provide an update on the interstate gas pipeline conditions expected for the weekend. 

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  We review over sixty interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their most recent critical postings about changes in pipeline operating conditions. 

Today, we’ll also update you on the latest publicly released news from energy companies and provide the extended National Weather Service temperature forecast, too.  

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According to the US Energy Information Administration, working natural gas in storage was 1.13 Tcf as of Friday, March 29, 2019. This represents a net increase of 23 Bcf versus analyst estimates of adding just 10 Bcf for the week. 

Natural gas stocks remaining in storage are nearly 31% below the five-year average for the same week.

On the NYMEX, the price for May, 2019 natural gas futures dropped by over 3 cents on Thursday to finish the day at approximately $2.64/MMBtu. 

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An Austin, Texas oil and gas producing company, Jones Energy, Inc. today announced that, after engaging in extensive good-faith negotiations, it and holders of approximately 84% in principal of the First Lien Notes and approximately 84% in principal of the Unsecured Notes have entered into a restructuring support agreement (the “RSA”) on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 that contemplates a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring to be implemented through a prepackaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The Chapter 11 Plan will fully equitize the Company’s outstanding funded debt and include fully committed exit financing, strengthening its balance sheet and enhancing financial flexibility going forward. 

The parties to the RSA include, among others: (i) Jones Energy, represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jackson Walker LLP, (ii) an ad hoc group of holders of First Lien Notes, represented by Milbank LLP (the “First Lien Ad Hoc Group”), and (iii) an ad hoc group of holders of First Lien Notes and Unsecured Notes, represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (the “Crossover Group”).

Jones Energy, whose primary operations are located in the Mid-Continent and Anadarko Basins of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, will continue to operate in the normal course and its business operations will not be disrupted by the restructuring process.  The Plan provides for the satisfaction of all trade, customer, employee, and other non-funded debt claims in full, in the ordinary course of business, other than general unsecured claims against JEI and/or Jones Energy Intermediate, LLC (“JEI, LLC”).  Jones Energy continues to have adequate liquidity to meet its financial obligations to vendors, suppliers, royalty owners and employees, and expects to continue making payments to these parties without interruption. 

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PG&E Corporation today announced the appointment of William “Bill” Johnson as Chief Executive Officer and President and the appointment of 10 new directors to its Board of Directors. The Board appointments will be effective as of the next in-person Board meeting, which will be held as soon as practicable. The significant changes in leadership reflect PG&E’s focus on strengthening its safety culture and operational effectiveness and successfully navigating the Company’s Chapter 11 process.

Bill Johnson is concluding a more than six-year tenure as President and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), with responsibility for leading the nation’s largest publicly owned utility in its mission of providing energy, environmental stewardship and economic development across a seven-state region.

Prior to his tenure at TVA, Mr. Johnson was the Chairman, President and CEO of Progress Energy.

The Board expects Mr. Johnson to begin his role in late April 2019.

In addition to the appointment of Bill Johnson as CEO and President, the Company today announced a refreshed Board that includes 13 highly accomplished individuals committed to further enhancing PG&E’s safety culture, understanding and properly responding to customer concerns and fairly treating wildfire victims, employees, retirees and other interested parties. Mr. Johnson, the management team and the Board are also committed to working constructively with regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders in an open and transparent fashion in support of California’s policy goals.

The PG&E Board stated: “We have heard the calls for change and have taken action today to ensure that PG&E has the right leadership to bring about real and dynamic change that reinforces our commitment to safety, continuous improvement and operational excellence. We believe our new CEO and the newly constituted Board will help PG&E address California’s evolving energy challenges and deliver what our customers expect from their energy company.”

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There are many interstate natural gas pipeline issues to be aware of heading into the weekend. Let’s check those out:

ANR Pipeline:

This is to notify all contracted parties of ANR Pipeline Company (“ANR”) that pursuant to Section 6.7 of ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff, ANR has declared a Force Majeure event in effect for natural gas transactions in its Southeast Southern Segment (Zone 2) to perform unexpected pipeline repairs north of its Celestine (Indiana) Compressor Station.

The Force Majeure declaration during the outage will apply to services southbound through the Cottage Grove (Tennessee) Compressor Station as listed below. The Reservation Charge Crediting Mechanism of Section 6.36.2 shall apply to this outage.

The total Cottage Grove Southbound capacity (LOC #505614) will be reduced by the following:

249 mmcf/d (leaving 900 mmcf/d available) 4/5 – 4/14

Based on current nominations through the Cottage Grove Compressor Station, it is anticipated that this posting will result in the capacity allocation reduction of IT and Firm Secondary, and may impact a portion of the Firm Primary volumes. This posting will be updated as more information becomes available.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

ETNG posted its “2019 Planned Outages Presentation”.  Below is a link to that presentation. 

https://infopost.spectraenergy.com/GotoLINK/GetLINKdocument.asp?Pipe=10076&Environment=Production&DocumentType=Notice&FileName=ETNG+and+SGSC+Planned+Outage+Presentation_FINAL.pdf&DocumentId=8aa164a269da3c500169e3c1e2920153

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America:

As part of its ongoing pipeline Integrity Management Program and the results of an ILI tool run on Natural’s OE #1 line between Compressor Station 156 (CS 156) and Compressor Station 801 (CS 801), Segment 2 of the Midcontinent Zone, Natural has identified anomalies at various locations that require pipeline remediation (see notice posted on March 28, 2019 entitled “SEGMENT 2/15 – OE #1 M/L (CS 156/801) – PIPELINE INTEGRITY)”. 

As a result, Natural is required to shut-in sections of the OE #1 line.  This is a Force Majeure event that limits Natural’s capacity eastbound through Segment 2, which is anticipated to continue through gas day Friday, May 31, 2019. 

For the duration of this Force Majeure event, transportation from receipt points west of CS 156 to delivery points east of  CS 801 will not be available.  Initially, the Segment 2 scheduling constraint will be at CS156 just east of mainline valve 16 (MLV 16).  Natural will complete this remediation in multiple phases impacting portions of the OE #1 Line beginning at CS156 and progressing eastward. 

Effective for gas day Friday, April 5, 2019, Timely Cycle, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to 0% of contract MDQ eastbound through the Phase 1 scheduling constraint (CS 156).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available for eastbound flow.

*Please review the NGPL electronic bulletin board for a complete listing of receipt points affected during this force majeure.

Northern Natural Gas:

On April 1, 2019, Northern filed its cost and revenue study as required by the FERC Section 5 order. The study reflects Northern’s cost of service and billing units through the test period that ends June 30, 2019.

Through this period, Northern’s filing demonstrates support for rate increases of 25% in the Market Area, 15% in the Field Area and 62% for storage services.

These rate increases are driven primarily by the increased investment for modernization and integrity work that occurred during the period from the last rate case in 2004 through June 30, 2019. The Section 4 general rate increases that will be filed as early as July 1, 2019, will be higher, reflecting increased depreciation rates and the 2019 modernization and integrity investments. The Section 5 rate increases will not be effectuated since the Section 4 filing will supplant the Section 5 cost and revenue study with Section 4 rate increases to be effective January 1, 2020.

Rockies Express Pipeline:

REX will be performing work at Cheyenne and receipts at WIC/REX SITTING BULL WELD (location 42722) will be limited to primary only effective for the ID1Cycle, Gas Day April 3, 2019 and until further notice.

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

Southern Natural Gas:

As a reminder, SESH pipeline’s operator notified Southern that it will be conducting maintenance at its Gwinville Compressor Station from Saturday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 10 which will reduce the available SNG – SESH capacity (Segment 380).

During this maintenance, SNG capacity will be reduced from 507,151 Dth/d to 382,000 Dth/d. This reduction in available capacity constitutes an event of Force Majeure under Section 8.3 of the General Terms and Conditions of the Southern Natural Gas Tariff.

Points impacted in Segment 380 are listed below.

606400 SESH – CENTERPOINT TO SNG
606500 SESH – GULF SOUTH TO SNG
606700 SESH – ETC TIGER TO SNG

Texas Eastern Transmission:

As posted on January 21, 2019, Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (TE) experienced an unplanned outage on its 30″ system south of the Berne Compressor Station (Berne) in Berne, Ohio. As a result of lines 10 and 15 south of Berne being returned to service, all restrictions related with this Force Majeure have been lifted.

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The National Weather Service has updated its six-to-ten day temperature forecast.  In a dramatic reversal from Monday’s report, the weather service now shows that the northern half of the US will have cooler than seasonal temperatures coming up for late next week.  Temperatures along the Gulf Coast and much of the South will be at or slightly above normal during the period.

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

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  We review over fifty interstate natural gas pipeline companies to share their most recent critical postings about changes in operating conditions. 

We’ll also update you on the latest publicly released news from energy companies and provide the latest National Weather Service extended temperature forecasts, too.  

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According to the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage for the week ending Friday, March 22, 2019 registered a net decrease of 36 Bcf.  This was close to the analysts’ estimates of a 40 Bcf weekly gas storage draw. 

Natural gas stocks were 285 Bcf less than last year at this time and 551 Bcf (or 33.2%) below the five-year average.

The May, 2019 natural gas futures price on the NYMEX responded by adding a little over one cent to finish Thursday at around $2.73/MMBtu.

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Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) announced on Tuesday that the company will lower the price of compressed natural gas at all of its 13 public access natural gas vehicle fueling stations by $0.26 per gallon beginning April 1st. Through a California Public Utilities Commission approved program, the utility is able to offer a reduced price by returning revenue generated from the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits to customers.

The LCFS program is administered by the California Air Resources Board and seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 20 percent through 2030. Under the program, fuels that help lower GHG emissions, such as natural gas, generate LCFS credits.

Natural gas costs significantly less than gasoline or diesel per gallon. For example, the average pump price at utility compressed natural gas stations was $2.37 per gallon in February, whereas the average cost of gasoline in California was $3.24 per gallon, and the average cost of diesel was $3.73 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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Florida Power & Light Company today announced a plan to build the world’s largest solar-powered battery system – four times the capacity of the largest battery system in operation – as part of an innovative modernization plan that will accelerate the retirement of two natural gas power generation units.

The future FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center will have 409 megawatts of capacity – the equivalent of approximately 100 million iPhone batteries – when it begins serving customers in late 2021 and will be charged by an existing FPL solar power plant in Manatee County. By deploying energy from the batteries when there is higher demand for electricity, FPL will offset the need to run other power plants – further reducing emissions and saving customers money through avoided fuel costs.

The FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center is part of an innovative modernization plan to accelerate the retirement of two, 1970s-era natural gas generating units at FPL’s neighboring power plant, and replace them with clean and renewable energy.

In addition to the energy storage system in Manatee County, FPL is planning smaller battery installations across the state, numerous solar power plants and efficiency upgrades to existing combustion turbines at other power plants to replace the 1,638 megawatts of generating capacity. The project will save customers more than $100 million and could eliminate more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Let’s now check the latest critical information postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline systems around the United States:

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, April 1, 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 that exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities. 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.

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANRPL FSS Customers

Reminder – FSS Customers with contracts expiring effective gas day 3/31/19 will need to transfer the ending balance from the terminating contract to another contract effective gas day 4/1/19. Customers are able to submit Infield Storage Transfers in Gems for gas day 4/1/19 prior to 9:00 a.m. CST on 4/2/19.
For any questions please contact the ANR Noms Team at 1-800-827-5267 or email to: ANR_Noms_Scheduling@Transcanada.com

Also from ANR:

SW Area Capacity Restriction (Posted 3/26/19)

Due to planned pipeline maintenance at the Transok Compressor Station, ANR will not schedule nominations at the Custer City /Transok (LOC #16842) location from April 22nd – 30th.

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that this posting will result in the capacity allocation reduction of IT, Firm Secondary and Firm Primary volumes. Since ANR anticipates that this restriction will impact its ability to deliver nominated Firm Primary services, ANR will apply the Reservation Charge Crediting Mechanism of Section 6.36.4 as necessary.

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline, LLC (DEQP) is updating the Clay Basin Conditioning Reimbursement Factor (CRF). Effective May 1, 2019 the CRF applied to all injections and withdrawals from Clay Basin will be 1.5%. The CRF is calculated annually as required by Part 3 General Terms and Conditions §16.4(b) of DEQP’s FERC Gas Tariff and is posted in DEQP’s Informational Postings, Other, Storage, Clay Basin Stipulation.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC (“ETNG”) will be hosting a WebEx meeting to provide customers and other interested parties an overview of ETNG’s upcoming 2019 planned outages on Wednesday, April 3, from 1:00PM CDT to 2:30PM CDT via WebEx. A copy of the presentation will be posted on ETNG’s bulletin board approximately one hour before the event. There will be a question and answer segment immediately following the presentation.

Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT s Tariff and shall constitute notice of Force Majeure under Section 8, GT&C of EGT s Tariff to notify all parties of unplanned maintenance at EGT’s Byars Lake Compressor station located in McClain County, Oklahoma.

EGT anticipates impacts to IT, Secondary services, and potentially Primary services.  During the unplanned maintenance, shippers with receipts West of Allen should nominate point-to-point to maintain the highest priority level of service.

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

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

1,187-MMcf/d (leaving 1,251-MMcf/d available)  3/26 – 3/31
1,050-MMcf/d (leaving 1,251-MMcf/d available)  4/1 – 4/15
805-MMcf/d (leaving 1,496-MMcf/d available)  4/16 – 5/5

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

For any questions regarding nominations or scheduling, please call the GLGT Noms and Scheduling Hotline at 1-866-454-7572.

Gulf Crossing Pipeline:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Gulf Crossing service area over the next few days. While it is fully expected that all primary firm service obligations will be met, the following services/activities are subject to scheduling reductions until further notice:

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

Interruptible

Additionally, Gulf Crossing is requesting all shippers to balance their transportation and storage contracts by conforming receipts into the system with the deliveries being taken from the system, and to receive and deliver quantities at a uniform hourly rate of flow, pursuant to Section 6.7[1.] and 6.7[2.] of Gulf Crossing’s FERC Gas Tariff.

If shippers do not voluntarily comply with these provisions, Gulf Crossing may be forced to declare a Critical Period or issue an Operational Flow Order, which could result in penalties for shippers.

MidContinent Express Pipeline (MEP):

MEP has been notified that the Fuel Reimbursement percentage for its Enable Leased Capacity (Segment 10) will change effective for gas day April 1, 2019, for all transports using the Leased Capacity.  Please check the company’s EBB for a link to the new Fuel Reimbursement percentages. 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 2/15 – OE#1 M/L (CS 156/801) – PIPELINE INTEGRITY

Natural will be inspecting and, if necessary, performing pipeline remediation work per its pipeline Integrity Management Program standards on the OE#1 mainline between Compressor Station 156 (CS 156) located in Kiowa County, Oklahoma and Compressor Station 801 (CS 801) located in Carter County, Oklahoma (Segment 2 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone/Segment 15 of Natural’s Texok Zone).  Natural anticipates that this inspection and possible remediation work will continue through the end of May 2019.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective Gas Day Friday, March 29, 2019 and until further notice, Northwest is issuing an OFO Recall Advisory and Operational Flow Order (OFO) through the Roosevelt compressor and the Plymouth South constraint location pursuant to Section 14.15(d) of its Tariff.

Under the OFO Recall Advisory, Shippers are required to: (1) recall capacity that is subject to an OFO recall provision; or (2) take other action that is acceptable to Northwest, to satisfy its OFO obligation.

If the northbound scheduled quantities exceed the greater of Northwest’s design capacity of 546,000 Dth/d at Roosevelt or 536,300 Dth/d at Plymouth South or the operational available capacity at Plymouth South, which is currently 575,000 Dth/d, Northwest will provide Shippers with their specific OFO obligations by 4:00 p.m. MST. Shippers must comply with their OFO obligations no later than the Evening nomination deadline (5:00 p.m. MST).

Northwest would like to remind customers that the Rangely OFO remains in effect.

Southern Natural Gas:

Southern is posting the following information in order to provide customers with additional operational data to assist in planning your business for the upcoming week.

The Muldon storage shut-in test will begin on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 and continue to Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9 AM.

As a result of the shut-in test, Southern will reduce each CSS customer’s DIQ and DWQ on a pro-rata basis. Each CSS customer will be allocated thirty- six percent (36%) of its currently effective DIQ and DWQ posted on the EBB during the Muldon shut-in test.

Based on current supplies and anticipated demand, we expect storage injection requirements to be near Southern’s maximum storage injection capabilities. We request that all Shippers/Poolers monitor the balance between actual receipts and deliveries to ensure that a daily out-of-balance situation does not occur.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

On March 25, 2019, Texas Eastern Transmission, LP submitted an OFO Penalty Disbursement Report.

https://infopost.spectraenergy.com/GotoLINK/GetLINKdocument.asp?Pipe=10076&Environment=Production&DocumentType=Notice&FileName=Report.pdf&DocumentId=8aa1649f699ac30d0169b64231f702b2

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

The Operational Flow Order – Imbalance (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4, 5, & 6 will be terminated effective Monday, April 01, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT.

Effective April 1, 2019 and continuing until further notice, Transco may issue a Shipper and/or Location specific OFO(s) to Shippers and/or Locations that exceed 10 percent daily or 5 percent cumulative imbalance. These Shippers and/or Locations could be subject to a 10 percent daily “Due From” and/or “Due To” Operational Flow Order. The OFO could become effective immediately and continue until further notice or for the remainder of the month in which it was issued. Shippers that create imbalances in excess of the tolerance are subject to being included in the OFO.

Transco reminds all parties that it may also be required to issue system-wide or zonal OFOs regardless of the daily or cumulative imbalance percentage.

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Looking at the six-to-ten day temperature forecast for early April from the National Weather Service, normal temperatures are expected for most of the country.  Warmer than seasonal conditions are expected for New England, most of the desert Southwest, the Rockies, and along the West Coast. 

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

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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 39 – February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day from GasNewsOnline.com!  With winter about pounce again for much of the western and northern portions of the country this weekend, we will bring you several critical postings from some of the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline companies.

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It’s Thursday, February 14, 2019, and that also means it’s time for the weekly gas storage report from the Energy Information Administration:

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 78 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending February 8. Working natural gas stocks are 1.882 Tcf, which is 15% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for the same week.

The New York Mercantile Exchange March, 2019 natural gas futures price held steady at about $2.58/MMBtu on Thursday.  The 12-month strip from March, 2019 through February, 2020 held firm at about $2.80/MMBtu.

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In other energy news:

Encana Corporation and Newfield Exploration Company announced that their strategic combination has been approved after special shareholder meetings.

Newfield stockholders will receive 2.6719 Encana common shares for each share of Newfield common stock. Upon completion of the transaction, Encana shareholders prior to the merger will own approximately 63.5 percent and Newfield stockholders prior to the merger will own approximately 36.5 percent of the combined company.

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On Tuesday, Dominion Energy announced an initiative to reduce methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade, based on 2010 levels. The initiative will prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road for a year or planting nearly 180 million new trees.

“We recognize we need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to further combat climate change,” said Diane Leopold, President and CEO of Dominion Energy’s Gas Infrastructure Group. “We’ve made significant progress, but we’re determined to go much further. With this initiative, we are transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, and our industry.”

Dominion Energy will achieve the historic emissions reductions announced today in three primary ways – reducing or eliminating gas venting during planned maintenance and inspections, replacing older equipment across its system with new, low-emission equipment, and expanding leak detection and repair programs across its entire system.

Gas venting during planned maintenance and inspection is the largest source of methane emissions from Dominion Energy’s transmission and distribution pipeline system. In order to perform maintenance or inspection on pipelines and compressor stations, natural gas sometimes has to be removed from the system, which was historically done by venting it into the atmosphere. A primary focus of the company’s initiative will be dramatically reducing or even eliminating venting during maintenance activities.

While gas venting is the largest source of methane emissions, there are other minor sources that can add up to larger volumes. Dominion Energy is focused on reducing these sources by replacing older equipment with new low-emission equipment.

“A great example is our program to replace natural gas-powered pumps at our gas producing wells with solar-powered electric pumps, which reduces methane emissions at these facilities by more than 90 percent,” said Leopold.

The company is also replacing other aging equipment across its system, including bare-steel pipe, cast-iron pipe, valves, fittings, joints and seals to reduce or even eliminate these emissions sources.

Over the last decade, Dominion Energy has made significant progress finding even the smallest emissions using infrared cameras. This program will be dramatically expanded to detect and repair these minor emissions sources across every part of the company’s natural gas system – from production and storage to transmission and distribution.

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Earlier this week, American Electric Power announced that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC and its 724 megawatts (MW) of operating wind generation and battery assets for approximately $1.056 billion.  The final acquisition cost will be subject to closing and working capital adjustments.  

Sempra Renewables, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, jointly owns all or part of seven wind farms and one battery installation in seven states. Five of the wind farms are jointly owned with BP Wind Energy. BP Wind Energy will retain its ownership share of those projects.  

“Our long-term strategy is focused on diversifying our generation portfolio including expanding our ownership of renewable generation. We targeted $2.2 billion of capital investment in competitive, contracted renewables by 2023. Adding these high-quality renewable assets to our portfolio will achieve a significant portion of that goal this year. The long-term contracts and attractive returns associated with these existing assets will be immediately accretive to earnings and solidify our projected 5 to 7 percent earnings growth rate. The business also includes a pipeline of development projects that could provide additional value,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The seven operating wind farms have an average capacity factor of 37 percent. They are located in Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. They all have long-term, power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 100 percent of the energy produced with investment-grade investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. The project PPAs have an average remaining life of 16 years. AEP operating units AEP Ohio, Indiana Michigan Power and Southwestern Electric Power Company have PPAs with two of the wind farms.

AEP expects to finance the acquisition with a combination of debt, equity, and/or equity-linked securities. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019 and is subject to approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance.

AEP has announced a plan to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 60 percent from 2000 emission levels by 2030 and 80 percent from 2000 emission levels by 2050.

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With cold weather still controlling much of the country, let’s review the latest critical postings from some of the nation’s interstate gas pipeline companies:

ANR Pipeline:

ANR Pipeline Company Notice of Force Majeure (Updated 2/11/19)

This is to notify all contracted parties of ANR Pipeline Company (“ANR”) that pursuant to Section 6.7 of ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff, ANR has declared a Force Majeure event in effect for natural gas transactions in its Southeast Southern Segment (Zone 2) to perform unexpected and uncontrollable compressor repairs at its Jena Compressor Station located in Louisiana.

The Force Majeure declaration during the outage will apply to services southbound through the Jena Compressor Station as listed below. The Reservation Charge Crediting Mechanism of Section 6.36.2 shall apply to this outage.

The total Jena Southbound capacity (LOC #9505489) will be reduced to the following:

320-MMcf/d (leaving 850-MMcf/d available) 2/12 through 2/18

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Shippers are advised that due to forecasted colder temperatures, lowered storage levels, and increased market demands beginning Saturday, February 16, 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 Friday, February 15, 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 Saturday, February 16, 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 Saturday, February 16, 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.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

ETNG Operational Flow Order – Tracy City to Topside — LIFTED – Thursday February 14

Effective immediately, East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) is lifting the Operational Flow Order for all meters located between Tracy City and Topside issued on February 8, 2019.

Gulf South Pipeline:

McComb (MS) Compressor Station Maintenance:  Began February 13, 2019  – Ends February 23, 2019

Capacity could be impacted by up to 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. The following meters are in the Montpelier to McComb Index 130 Scheduling Group.

002424 GREENSBURG CITY GATE

002432 KENTWOOD CITY GATE

002549 MONTPELIER & PINE GROVE CITY GATE

002559 TANGIPAHOA CITY GATE

002583 KENTWOOD BRICK & TILE PLANT

002690 HOLMESVILLE (TO TRANSCO)

013087 TRANSFER @ MONTPELIER / ST HELENA

013456 TRANSFER @ HOLMESVILLE (TRANSCO)

022114 WALTHALL (TO TRANSCO)

022182 MONTPELIER/ST HELENA (TO FGT)

022573 TRANSFER @ WALTHALL (TO TRANSCO)

Kern River Gas Transmission:

Kern River reminds its customers of the colder than normal weather and high demand is forecast for Kern River’s market areas through February 21, 2019.   Kern River shippers and delivery point operators are requested to align daily scheduled nominations and physical receipts and deliveries to maintain line pack and system integrity.

Kinder Morgan – All Pipelines – DART Business and Training:

Kinder Morgan will be offering one-on-one meetings to discuss your DART related business and training needs for any of the interstate pipelines that Kinder Morgan operates.  These meetings will take place during select days the week of March 18th in our Houston office.

Please indicate the date that works for you, topics you are interested in discussing, and the pipeline(s) you do business on.   The individual meetings and times will be set up with the appropriate departments based on the pipeline and topics of interest provided.

Potential topics include:  Commercial, Confirmations (PDA’s), Contracts/Capacity Release, DART Set-up,  Imbalance Management, Invoicing, Nominations (Rankings), Operations (Gas Control), Park and Loans, Pipeline Scheduling, Rankings, Report Subscription(s), Scheduled Quantities, Segment Scheduling, Storage, and other topics proposed by shippers/customers.

Please return the form (posted on each company’s EBB) to DartTrainingReservations@kindermorgan.com by Friday, March 1st.  If you have any questions, please contact your Scheduling Representative.

Midwestern Gas Transmission:

Midwestern Gas Transmission Company (Midwestern) will hold a conference call on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. CCT to discuss its Fuel Retention Percentage Adjustment annual tariff filing, to be filed March 1, 2019, effective April 1, 2019.

The draft schedules will be posted on Midwestern’s website in advance of the call.  An updated posting will be made when the schedules have been posted for customer review.

Customers are invited to participate by calling toll free: 1.877.820.7831.

Participant Passcode: 125665

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Wright, Regulatory Analyst, at 918.732.1418 or aaron.wright@oneok.com.

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. Friday, February 15, 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, February 15, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest is revising its current Overrun Entitlement as follows:

Receiving Party points north of the Plymouth South constraint point will be revised from a Stage I (3%) Overrun Entitlement to a Stage II (8%) Overrun Entitlement; and  

Receiving Party points north of the Kemmerer compressor station to points south of the Plymouth South constraint point will be revised from a Stage II (8%) Overrun Entitlement to a Stage III (13%) Overrun Entitlement.

These changes are effective at the beginning of gas day Thursday, February 14, 2019, until further notice.  Northwest is requesting customers to continue to stay on rate to help mitigate the potential for tighter entitlement levels over the next few weeks. 

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

With a colder weather forecast across the Southern Star system, Southern Star is issuing a winter weather watch beginning Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM CST. Southern Star requests that shippers adhere to the following criteria:

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

ISS withdrawals and PLS withdrawals will be available on a limited basis

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

Imbalance makeup for gas due others (Southern Star off-system) will be available on a limited basis

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

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 these requests, 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, February 20, 2018.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR AREAS EAST OF STA 254 EFFECTIVE 2-17-19

Due to a forecast of colder weather and higher demand moving back into the northeast, for the Gas Day of Sunday, February 17, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee is issuing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all areas east of STA 254 on the 200 Line only 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 east of STA 254 on the 200 Line only 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 east of STA 254 on the 200 only 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. 

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.

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The latest six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service continues to show the Western US receiving the brunt of the colder than average temperatures.  Meanwhile, the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast should see normal to slightly below average temperatures while the Southeast stays at or a little above normal for the third week of February.

That wraps up this special Valentine’s Day edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  With President’s Day celebrated on Monday, please look for our next update on Tuesday for the coming week.  Remember that our audio podcast is available to you via Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe today – it’s FREE!

Edition 37 – Thursday, February 7, 2019

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com! After a week of warmer weather across much of the US, temperatures are returning to normal across the West and Upper Midwest.  A number of natural gas pipeline companies have posted critical notices regarding colder weather conditions for their systems.

Before we cover those notices, let’s check out the latest energy news:

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The US Energy Information Administration released its weekly estimate of natural gas volumes in storage.  For the week ending February 1, working gas in storage decreased by 237 Bcf.   

Stocks were estimated to be 415 Bcf or 17.5% below the five-year average for the same week. 

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Yesterday, as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing wildfire risk, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) submitted its 2019 Wildfire Safety Plan to the California Public Utilities Commission. The safety plan marks an expansion of enhanced and additional safety precautions PG&E began implementing in 2017 and 2018 to address the growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires across its service area.

Given the continued and growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires, and as an additional precautionary measure, PG&E’s plan includes expanding and enhancing its Community Wildfire Safety Program to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep customers and the communities it serves safe. Ongoing and expanded efforts include further enhancing vegetation management around power lines, conducting enhanced safety inspections of electric infrastructure in high fire-threat areas, and a hardening of our electric system.

Also included in the 2019 plan, PG&E announced additional and enhanced safety precautions including the expansion of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program to include all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both transmission and distribution. While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off for safety only as a last resort when forecasted fire danger conditions warrant.

“We know how much our customers rely on electric service. Proactively turning off power is a highly complex issue with significant public safety risks on both sides – all of which need to be carefully considered and addressed,” said Michael Lewis, Electric Operations senior vice president. “We understand and appreciate that turning off the power affects first responders and the operation of critical facilities, communications systems and much more. We will only turn off power for public safety and only as a last resort to keep our customers and communities safe.”

To be clear, the decision to initiate a PSPS is informed by local forecasts, so PG&E is not indicating that it would ever turn off power to all customers at once. Instead, due to the complexity of the electric grid, and the web-like connection between transmission lines, distribution lines and substations, there is a possibility that some customers outside a high-risk fire threat area could have their power turned off based on the need to turn off a specific high-voltage circuit. The expanded program includes timely notification to customers of potential PSPS events.

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With another blast of winter affecting the northern half of the US for a few more days, let’s check out the latest critical postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline companies’ electronic bulletin boards:

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, February 8, 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 that exceeds the greater of 2,000 Dth or 102% of scheduled delivery quantities. 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.

Correspondingly, the OFO issued on February 6, 2019 will continue to be in effect until 9:00 AM CCT, February 8, 2019.

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Shippers

Due to projected cold weather forecasts, current operational conditions, and nomination levels, it is increasingly important that ANRPL shippers maintain sufficient receipt and delivery volumes to minimize imbalances and ensure system integrity.

As of February 7, ANR is not taking further action at this time other than to notify our customers of the projected weather forecast. However, ANR Pipeline will continue to monitor pipeline operations and the weather forecasts, and may take further action if necessary. Please continue to monitor our EBB for updates.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Shippers are advised that due to forecasted colder temperatures, storage levels, and increased market demands beginning Saturday, February 9, 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 Friday, February 8, 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 Saturday, February 9, 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 Saturday, February 9, 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.

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

With significantly colder temperatures being forecast beginning Wednesday, February 6, 2019 through Friday, February 8, 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.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Effective start of gas day Friday, February 8, 2019, and continuing until further notice, DETI will not schedule any IT or Non PL-1 firm transportation on its PL-1 system. This includes deliveries at the following locations:

40209 Columbia of Pennsylvania (Pleasant Gap)

21305 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (East Coast)

40201 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (PL-1)

40202 Texas Eastern Steckman Ridge

40224 Baltimore Gas and Electric

22000 Washington Gas and Electric

23500 Dominion Cove Point Loudoun

40704 Transco Nokesville

40303 Virginia Natural Gas

22400 Doswell

22500 City of Richmond

22600 VA Electric & Power

22700 Columbia of Virginia

22800 VEPCO (Lady Smith)

22900 Genon Mid-Atlantic (Dickerson)

30016 Panda Stonewall

30230 PL-1 customers with delivery points north of Leesburg compressor station may not effectuate deliveries  to any PL-1 point south of Leesburg. PL-1 customers with delivery points south of Leesburg compressor station may effectuate deliveries to PL-1 points both north and south of Leesburg. DETI can effectuate secondary and IT deliveries to points north of Leesburg compressor station if sourced from the receipt of DETI-Loudoun (40704) or Transco-Nokesville (40303) via displacement. DETI can effectuate secondary and IT deliveries to points south of Leesburg compressor station if sourced from the receipt of Transco-Nokesville (40303) via displacement.

Please note that “Unauthorized Overrun Charges – Daily” rate of $10.00/dth will apply.

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 8, 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.

Gas Transmission Northwest:

GTN OFO Watch (Posted 2/6/19)

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

The OFO watch is in effect through gas day February 15th, 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.

Kern River Transmission:

Line pack continues to decrease (approximately 75,000 Dth over the past 24 hours) despite Kern River’s warning of colder than normal weather and expected high demand in Kern River’s market areas. Additionally, several upstream and downstream operators have declared some form of strained operating condition.

Therefore, all Kern River shippers and delivery point operators are required to align daily scheduled nominations and physical receipts and deliveries. If line pack continues to decrease, Kern River may take corrective action to increase line pack by limiting physical flow at delivery points where a negative imbalance was created during prior gas days to ensure line pack and the integrity of the system is maintained.

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 7, 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 Border Pipeline:

Northern Border OFO Watch (Posted 2/6/19)

Effective immediately, Northern Border Pipeline is issuing an OFO watch. Northern Border is concerned about the operational integrity of its system as a result of extremely cold weather.

The OFO watch is in effect through gas day February 16th, in order to allow for the Northern Border pipeline system to regain its operational integrity. Northern Border 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, Northern Border 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

Northern Natural Gas:

Operational Alert – 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 Friday February 8, 2019 due to lower than normal system weighted temperatures.

Northern is expecting record cold temperatures and record market deliveries this week. At this time, Northern does not anticipate the need to call a Critical Day. Northern will continually evaluate the condition of the system, and will make all efforts to call a Critical Day in advance of the gas day if the pipeline system experiences low line pack or other conditions, including significant natural gas price volatility, that threaten the integrity of Northern’s pipeline system. Customers are encouraged to nominate supply volumes sufficient to cover anticipated loads to prevent the need for Northern to call a Critical Day.

Northwest Pipeline:

Please keep in mind that pursuant to All-shipper Notice No. 19-016, Northwest is currently under a Stage II (8%) Overrun Entitlement for all Receiving Parties north of the Kemmerer compressor station which began on gas day February 06, 2019.

Effective gas day Saturday, February 9, pursuant to All-shipper Notice No. 19-017, Northwest will be under a Stage I (3%) overrun Entitlement north of the Plymouth compressor and a Stage II (8%) overrun Entitlement in the Kemmerer to Plymouth corridor.

Northwest would like to clarify that the Stage I (3%) overrun Entitlement north of the Plymouth compressor includes the Spokane and Wenatchee laterals.

PG&E – California Gas Transmission:

PG&E’s California Gas Transmission has revised the Low Inventory System-Wide OFO for gas day 02/08/2019 to a Stage 4 at $25.00/Dth, 5% tolerance.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

With a colder weather forecast across the Southern Star system, Southern Star is issuing a winter weather watch beginning Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM CST. Southern Star requests that shippers adhere to the following criteria:

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

ISS withdrawals and PLS withdrawals will be available on a limited basis

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

Imbalance makeup for gas due others (Southern Star off-system) will be available on a limited basis

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

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 these requests, 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 Saturday, February 9, 2018.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, TE is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 4.3 of the General Terms and Conditions of TE’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00AM CCT February 8, 2019 to all delivery parties, with the exception of those governed by a FERC gas tariff, in Texas Eastern’s Market Area Zones M1-24, M2-24 and M3.

This OFO does not affect the ability of TE 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 out of the system. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that exceeds the greater of 2,000 Dth or 102% of scheduled delivery quantities. The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for the geographical region, as defined in Section 8.5(a) of the General Terms and Conditions of TE’s FERC Gas Tariff for the day on which such violation occurred. In addition, TE will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

TE may be required to issue an hourly OFO pursuant to General Terms and Conditions Section 4.3(H) to impose further restrictions in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system. TE will inform customers via EBB when this OFO will be lifted.

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The National Weather Service temperature forecast for the next six-to-ten days shows that the Northwest, Rockies, Midwest and Great Lakes areas will to see below average temperatures while the above-normal temperatures remaining across the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England.

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