Monday, March 25, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  As spring temperatures rise, some of the natural gas pipeline companies are ready to “spring” some increases in transportation fuel rates soon.  But first, let’s check the latest energy news for this Monday.

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Energy Transfer LP and Shell US LNG, LLC (Shell) today signed a Project Framework Agreement (PFA) that provides the framework to further develop a large-scale LNG export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana toward a potential final investment decision (FID). In addition, the parties have started actively engaging with LNG Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) companies with a plan to issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) in the weeks ahead.

 “Lake Charles presents a material, competitive liquefaction project with the potential to provide Shell with an operated LNG export position on the U.S. Gulf Coast by the time global supply is expected to tighten in the mid-2020’s,” said Frederic Phipps, Shell’s Vice President, Lake Charles LNG. “Our partnership with Energy Transfer plays to our respective strengths. Together, we are expertly positioned to advance a project that could provide customers in Asia, Europe and the Americas with cleaner, reliable energy for decades to come.”

The PFA defines the commercial terms by which the two companies will work toward delivering an LNG export facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Shell will act as the Project Lead prior to the companies reaching an FID, and if sanctioned, as construction manager and operator of the facility. Energy Transfer will act as Site Manager and Project Coordinator prior to FID. The decision to make an affirmative FID to proceed with construction of the project will be subject to both companies’ assessment of the outcome of the EPC bidding process, overall project competitiveness and global LNG market conditions at the time of such decision.

The Lake Charles project is a 50/50 venture between Energy Transfer and Shell. The project, if sanctioned through an affirmative FID, would convert Energy Transfer’s existing Lake Charles LNG import and regasification terminal to an LNG export facility with a liquefaction capacity of 16.45 million tonnes per annum to export U.S. natural gas to global customers. The project is fully permitted, uses existing infrastructure and benefits from abundant natural gas supply and proximity to major pipeline infrastructure, including Energy Transfer’s vast pipeline network. If built, the project is estimated to create up to 5,000 local jobs during construction and 200 full-time positions when fully operational.

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

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the price of the April 2019 contract on Monday was up slightly at nearly $2.76/MMBtu. The price of the 12-month strip averaging April 2019 through March 2020 futures contracts is now down to about $2.94/MMBtu.

Net withdrawals from working gas in storage totaled 47 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending March 15. Working natural gas stocks are 1.143 Tcf, which is 33% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, March 12, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 193. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 1 to 833. The total rig count decreased by 1, and it now stands at 1,026.

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Several interstate natural gas pipeline companies are saying “April Fuel’s!” as rates may be changing for some transporters beginning April 1:

ANR Pipeline:

Southeast Mainline Capacity Reduction (Lifted 3/25/19)

ANR has completed the planned pipeline maintenance north of its Celestine compressor station along its Southeast Mainline in the Southeast Southern Segment (Zone 2). Effective Gas Day March 26th at the Evening Nomination Cycle, the Cottage Grove Southbound (LOC #505614) restriction is lifted.

Also from ANR:

ANRPL Transporter’s Use (%) effective April 1, 2019

In anticipation of FERC’s approval and to provide customers with adequate time to plan April 2019’s business, ANR’s GEMS system has been updated with the annual 2019 Transporters Use (%) that was filed with FERC on February 28, 2019 and nominations for April 1, 2019 forward can now be submitted.

For customers who have already submitted nominations for April 2019, please review your nominations and if necessary make changes to ensure your receipt and delivery quantities align with your supplies and markets.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Effective start of gas day Tuesday, March 26, 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: Texas Eastern Perulack 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 Light 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 to deliveries made in excess of FT and FTNN entitlements while these restrictions are in place.

Egan Hub Storage:

Egan Hub Storage (Egan) will be conducting maintenance beginning Gas Day April 5, 2019 and continuing through Gas Day April 11, 2019, which will impact Kinder Morgan MR 45122.

During this outage Egan will be unable to accept withdrawals for delivery to Kinder Morgan however; injections from Kinder Morgan will not impacted. As a result, Egan may be required to restrict withdrawal nominations at MR45122 to a net zero withdrawal position.

Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT’s Tariff, to notify shippers of unplanned maintenance at EGT s Chandler Compressor Station. 

Effective immediately, March 25, 2019, EGT will begin the unplanned maintenance on the Chandler Compressor Station, located in Latimer County, Oklahoma and in EGT’s Neutral Pooling Area.

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

Should any of the details of this plan change, EGT will notify shippers by updating this posting.  EGT will schedule nominations on each impacted day in accordance with its Tariff.  This alert will remain in effect until further notice.

Florida Gas Transmission:

APRIL 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

FGT will continue pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 10. This maintenance is expected to continue through the end of gas day April 30, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 1,150,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 1,300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10.

Midwestern Gas Transmission:

On March 1, 2019, Midwestern Gas Transmission Company (Midwestern) filed a revised Statement of Rates to reflect an annual change to the Fuel Retention Percentage (FRP) Rate.  The Fuel Retention Percentage filed is 0.98 percent for rate schedules FT-A, FT-B, FT-C, FT-D, FPAL, and PAL. The proposed FRP filed is inclusive of a Loss Percentage of 0.16 percent.

The FRP filing is still pending with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) with a requested effective date of April 1, 2019. 

Midwestern is notifying customers of this rate for time critical planning activity.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPL Marketing group at IPLMarketing@oneok.com.

Southern Natural Gas:

SESH pipeline’s operator notified Southern that it will be conducting maintenance at its Gwinville (MS) Compressor Station from 4-6-19 to 4-10-19 that will reduce the available SNG – SESH capacity (Segment 380). This maintenance will result in a service reduction of SNG – SESH capacity as follows:

4-6-19 to 4-10-19 – SNG capacity will be reduced to 382,000 Dth/d.  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:

Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (TETLP) is providing the following update on the status of its integrity program and the corresponding impacts to its planned outage schedule and operational system capacities.

As part of Enbridge’s ongoing integrity program, TETLP has been conducting a comprehensive assessment of its pipeline operations and is identifying locations along its entire system that may require additional integrity tests, inspections, and subsequent actions. These items include, but are not limited to: (1) aerial and direct assessment of the pipeline, (2) close interval surveys, (3) additional in-line inspection tool runs and analysis, (4) temporary pressure reductions at certain locations across the system and (5) hydrostatic tests. As data becomes available from each of these items, we will identify any corresponding impacts to capacity on TETLP’s regular planned maintenance posting. Details on each work stream is provided below:

(1) Aerial and Direct Assessment
TETLP continues to verify the integrity of the pipeline through aerial observation, ground patrol and other forms of direct assessment to identify potential geological threats such as, but not limited to, lateral earth movements, water flow, and other forces of nature in the area of the pipeline. To the extent TETLP identifies any sites requiring remedial action, TETLP will safely and promptly mitigate the threat and post any required outage on its LINK® Electronic Bulletin Board.

(2) Close Interval Surveys (CIS)

TETLP will conduct CIS along sections of its pipeline to verify its cathodic protection systems. TETLP does not anticipate any capacity losses during the CIS, however, potential outages may be required in the event the findings warrant further investigation of the cathodic protection system.

(3) ILI inspection and Analysis and (4) Pressure Reductions

TETLP will continue with its base in-line inspection (ILI) program and accelerate the use of additional in-line tools to verify the integrity of its system. Depending on the results of the ILI analysis, repairs or further investigations may be required. TETLP will take temporary pressure reductions when necessary at various locations along its system until such ILI results are completed, fully analyzed and any anomalies are remediated. These ILI tool runs and any capacity loss due to any pressure reduction will be scheduled and posted as part of TETLP’s regular planned maintenance updates on its LINK® EBB.

(5) Hydrostatic Testing

As part of TETLP’s ongoing system wide integrity program, TETLP will review various sets of data from tool runs and inspections and will determine if additional hydrostatic testing is required. Similar to the ILI Inspections, TETLP will post any required hydrostatic tests as part of its regular planned maintenance posting on its LINK® EBB.

TETLP believes the safety of its facilities and pipelines are of the utmost importance and integral to system reliability. TETLP understands the importance to minimize the impact of the outages to its customers where possible and the urgency to restore full capacity along its system. TETLP is committed to providing regular outage updates as soon as the information becomes available. Please contact your Marketing Account Manager if you have any questions.

Williston Basin Interstate (WBI) Energy Transmission:

Effective April 1, 2019, as set forth in WBI Energy Transmission’s March 1, 2019 filing in Docket No. RP19-767-000, the proposed new fuel reimbursement percentages are 4.558% for gathering, 0.909% for transportation and 0.045% for storage. The proposed new electric power rates are $.00788 for transportation and $.00077 for storage.

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The National Weather Service has posted expected temperature estimates for the nation for the upcoming month of April.  These projections show cooler-than-average conditions are expected in the Midwest.  Warmer-than-average April temperatures are forecast for areas east of the Mississippi River all the way to the Atlantic Coastal areas and also in the Pacific Northwest.

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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Edition 42 – Monday, February 25, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  This is where we bring you the latest publicly-sourced news and information about the natural gas business twice every week – all for FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Applicable Penalties:

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

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

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

Dominion Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Gas Transmission:

MARCH 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

Sabine Pipeline:

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

COLUMBIA GULF/HENRY HUB 11202

Please continue to monitor this website for updates.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

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

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

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

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

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

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Edition 35 – Thursday, January 31, 2019

Welcome to another “Polar Vortex” edition of GasNewsOnline.com!  While we search over fifty interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their critical postings, a lot of other news is happening this week.  Here at GasNewsOnline.com, we’ll update you on the publicly released news from energy companies and will give you the latest National Weather Service temperature forecast, too.    All for FREE!

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The US Energy Information Administration released its weekly update on natural gas in storage today.

Working gas in storage decreased by 173 Bcf from the previous week (versus an estimate of 189 Bcf by industry analysts).  Stocks were still 328 Bcf (or 13%) below the five-year average for the same week. 

On the NYMEX, the March, 2019 natural gas futures price has decreased by about 4 cents on Thursday at approximately $2.82/MMBtu.

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Consumers Energy greatly appreciates conservation efforts by all its natural gas customers across Lower Michigan to assist with a supply issue on the company’s gas distribution network. Conservation, even by gas customers served by other utilities than Consumers Energy, is making a difference.

Thursday morning, the company is cautiously optimistic that public requests to reduce gas use are having a positive effect.

However, with Thursday’s continued historically cold weather, the company asks that conservation measures continue through the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1.

Repairs at the Ray Compressor Station are ongoing and the station is partially in service, providing natural gas to our distribution system. However, customers are requested to continue to conserve energy until the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1, to allow for temperatures to moderate and additional repairs to the Ray Station.

“As a result of an unexpected incident at a Gas Compressor station on Wednesday January 30 in Southeast Michigan, we are asking customers to temporarily reduce gas usage at this time while we continue to contain the incident and help keep Michigan residents warm during this cold spell,” said Garrick Rochow, Senior Vice President of Operations for Consumers Energy.

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Tallgrass Energy, LP (NYSE: TGE) and Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today announced that affiliates of Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (“BIP”) have entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Kelso & Co., The Energy & Minerals Group, and Tallgrass KC, LLC, an entity owned by certain members of TGE’s management, to acquire 100% of the membership interests in TGE’s general partner, as well as an approximately 44% economic interest in Tallgrass, for total cash consideration of approximately $3.3 billion. Affiliates of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, will be a minority investor in the transaction.

“Blackstone’s scale, long-term capital, and investment expertise across the energy industry make it an ideal partner for our business as we continue to create value and invest capital in accretive growth opportunities,” said Tallgrass President and CEO David G. Dehaemers Jr. “We appreciate the successful partnership we have had with Kelso and EMG since 2012 and thank them for their significant support. We look forward to working with Blackstone to continue maximizing value for all stakeholders.”

“Tallgrass is managed by an exceptional team that has an outstanding track record of commercial, operational and financial success,” said Sean Klimczak, Global Head of Infrastructure at Blackstone. “This transaction represents a rare opportunity to invest in a large-scale U.S. midstream infrastructure platform that connects high-production supply basins to key markets and is underpinned by long-term contracts. We are excited to partner with and to support the established Tallgrass management team over the long term as they execute on their robust backlog of attractive growth projects.”

Closing of the transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected within the first quarter of 2019.

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On January 29, 2019, PG&E moved forward with its previously announced plan to file for Chapter 11 with the following press release.

We are continuing to provide safe and reliable electric and natural gas service. We are not “going out of business,” and we expect that there will be no disruption to the services you expect from us as a result of the Chapter 11 process.

Our extensive restoration and rebuilding efforts to help communities recover from the devastating wildfires are continuing. We are committed to these efforts and safety remains our most important responsibility.

PG&E is also working very hard to address future wildfire risks and continuing to make critical investments in our systems and infrastructure to further improve safety. Our Community Wildfire Safety Program includes:

  • Conducting detailed and enhanced safety inspections of more than 50,000 transmission poles and towers and 5,500 miles of transmission lines in the highest wildfire-threat areas;
  • Aggressively removing vegetation in areas of high wildfire risk, including trees and branches near power lines and trees at risk of damaging our lines;
  • Investing in more real-time monitoring and intelligence like 1,300 new weather stations and nearly 600 new, high definition cameras to enhance weather forecasting and modeling;
  • Installing stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines in the highest fire risk areas; and
  • Replacing equipment to further reduce wildfire risks and tailoring upgrades based on terrain and weather conditions using more granular analysis of fire-prone regions.

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ExxonMobil said Wednesday that it has reached a final investment decision and started construction on a new unit at its Beaumont, Texas refinery that will increase crude refining capacity by more than 65 percent, or 250,000 barrels per day. The third crude unit within the facility’s existing footprint will expand light crude oil refining, supported by the increased crude oil production in the Permian Basin area.

 “With access to terminals, railways, pipelines and waterways nearby, the Beaumont refinery is strategically positioned to benefit from Permian production growth,” said Bryan Milton, president of ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Company. “The addition of a third crude unit in Beaumont will enhance the refinery’s competitive position and truly establish it as a leader in the U.S. refining industry.”

Startup of the new unit is anticipated by 2022. The project is expected to create up to 1,850 jobs during construction and between 40 and 60 permanent jobs once completed.

ExxonMobil’s integrated operations in Beaumont include a 366,000 barrel-per-day capacity refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants and polyethylene plants. ExxonMobil has approximately 2,100 employees in the Beaumont area and its operations account for approximately one in every seven jobs in the region.

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With much of the country still dealing with extremely cold weather, let’s take a look at the latest critical postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline companies around the lower 48 states:

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

With the impending colder weather beginning Wednesday January 30, 2019 and in order to maintain the operational integrity of the “G” system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is requesting all customers/point operators on the “G” system to fully nominate their 6% “G” system contracts to the appropriate “G” system meter station. In the event customers do not properly nominate in such a manner, point operators will be limited in their ability to take non-ratable/accelerated deliveries above scheduled volumes to these meters for 6 consecutive hours.

Furthermore, AGT requires that customers/point operators on the “G” lateral be aware of the impact non-ratable hourly takes from the system and the impact it could have on system operations. Delivery pressures could reach lower than desire levels to the extent point operators’ hourly takes exceed their maximum hourly transportation quantity (MHTQ) based on their scheduled quantities. AGT’s “G” lateral is not designed to sustain delivery pressures above contractual pressure obligations if:
1)Point operators’ hourly rates are exceeding their MHTQ levels based on nominated quantities or
2)Point operators’ hourly rates are exceeding 1/24th of the daily nominated quantity for more than 6 consecutive hours (or greater than 6 hours on any gas day)

Furthermore, if customers/point operators do not manage hourly takes from the system within their scheduled MHTQ limits AGT may be required to impose further restrictions or courses of action in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system including the issuance of an hourly OFO pursuant to General Terms and Conditions Section 26.7(d).

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers (Lifted 2/1/19 Timely Cycle)
This posting supersedes CN ID #9059

Update: Effective February 1 at the Timely Nomination Cycle, ANR is lifting the restriction limiting customers delivering north of the Woodstock compressor station to their contractual primary delivery points.

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Pursuant to Section 15 of the General Terms and Conditions of Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s (TCO’s) FERC Gas Tariff, TCO is declaring a Force Majeure effective immediately for the ID-1 cycle for Gas Day 31.

The Force Majeure will impact volumes flowing through the MXP (Markwest) Sherwood Plant (Loc Prop 643185) receipt location only at this time.

A need for an investigative dig has been discovered that necessitates further action. TCO will keep shippers apprised of any changes in operational restrictions for this outage.   

For the Timely cycle for Gas Day Friday, February 1st and until further notice, the MXP Sherwood receipt location will be set to zero Total Capacity. 

TCO will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

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

Florida Gas Transmission:

FEBRUARY 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

FGT will continue pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 10. This maintenance is expected to continue through the end of gas day February 28, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 1,150,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 1,300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10.

FGT will perform pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 11. This maintenance is scheduled to begin February 1, 2019 and to continue through the end of gas day February 28, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 3,050,000 MMBtu/day through Station 11. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 3,250,000 MMBtu/day through Station 11.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Vixen Compressor Station Maintenance

Begins: February 4, 2019  –  Ends: February 8, 2019

Expansion Receipts Upstream Vixen Scheduling Group.

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

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

Mojave Pipeline Company:

Force Majeure Lifted – Mojave-Topock Unit #2 

The Force Majeure event that was declared on January 18, 2019 (Reference Critical Notice #604348) at Topock Compressor Station with Unit 2 has been resolved.  

The available capacity through the Segment 3000 constraint will be increased to 463,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day effective Cycle 1 (Timely) for February 1, 2019

Northern Natural Gas:

Effective Gas Day 02/01 and until further notice, the Carlton Resolution flow obligation will be at 100%.

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 1, 2019, due to lower than normal system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Notice ID:  19-014

Subject:  Overrun Entitlement north of Kemmerer for all Receiving Parties

Due to a forecast of colder than normal weather, Northwest is declaring a Stage III (13%) Overrun Entitlement for all Receiving Parties north of the Kemmerer compressor station beginning gas day Saturday, February 02, 2019 until further notice.

If you have any questions, please contact your Marketing Services Representative or the Scheduling Hotline at (801) 584-7301.

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX):

Effective for the ID 1 Cycle, Gas Day Thursday, January 31, 2019 and until further notice, REX is partially lifting the capacity constraint at Markwest – Seneca (Loc 56116) and accepting receipts up to 200 MDth/d. 

Sabine Pipeline Company:

Sabine Pipe Line LLC (“Sabine”) plans to perform maintenance to one of the units at its Henry Compressor Station (the “Compressor Station”) which will reduce overall available compression capacity at the Henry Hub.

Maintenance is scheduled to occur February 4 through February 8. 

While we do not expect capacity in this area to be affected, we encourage shippers to closely monitor the website for capacity updates.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Winter Weather Warning will terminate effective 1/31/2019 ID1 cycle due to elevated temperatures.

Thank you all for working with Southern Star during this weather event.

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 on its 36″ system at the Marietta Compressor Station (Marietta) in Marietta, Pennsylvania which occurred on January 31, 2019. While efforts to repair the compressor station to full capacity are underway, the estimated time of restoration is unclear at this time.

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Beginning:  Friday, February 1, 2019 and until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

Tolerance %:  10% for gas Due from Shippers

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With the Midwest, Great Lakes, Middle Atlantic, and New England still dealing with another day of the latest Polar Vortex cold weather outbreak, the National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature outlook paints a brighter picture for those regions by this time next week. 

The forecast for February 6 – 10 is now calling for warmer than seasonal temperatures generally east of the Mississippi River to the East Coast while the West Coast and Rockies get their first winter cold blast of this new year. 

That wraps up an eventful January here at GasNewsOnline.com!  Please let your friends in the natural gas scheduling and transportation business know about us.  Our companion audio podcast is FREE and available via iTunes.  Check it out!

Edition 34 – Monday, January 28, 2019

With a polar vortex weather system bringing extremely cold weather to areas east of the Rockies this week, this is a busy time for the natural gas pipeline companies.  Here at GasNewsOnline.com, we will update you on the latest news and provide a full report on the latest critical notices from the interstate natural gas pipeline companies’ electronic bulletin boards.

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Let’s first take a look at a few stories making news today.

On Sunday, Enbridge released an update about ongoing work on the two additional lines that parallel the impacted 30-inch Line 10 Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline in Noble County, Ohio.  A week ago, Texas Eastern’s 30-inch line ruptured in southeast Ohio. 

Following a completion of a comprehensive integrity assessment, the company placed one of the other two pipelines in the right-of-way (Line 25) back into service.

Texas Eastern will continue to shippers informed as work progresses and more definite timelines are known for returning the 2 other pipelines (Line 10 and parallel Line 15) back into service.

Enbridge is working with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission and the federal government’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to verify the integrity of the Texas Eastern pipeline system.

EBB from Sunday 1/27 – PM

Texas Eastern (TE) is providing the following update on its progress to return partial service to the 30 inch pipeline system following the incident that occurred on Line 10 on Monday, January 21, 2019 in Noble County, OH between its Berne and Athens compressor stations. The progress report is as follows:

As previously posted, TE has determined that further investigations on Line 10 between its Athens and Uniontown compressor stations are required and TE had isolated Line 10 between Athens and Uniontown. At this time, TE has returned Line 10 valve section 4 between Holbrook and Uniontown back to service while the remainder of Line 10 remains isolated. As a result of valve section 4 between Holbrook and Uniontown returning to service, TE estimates the eastbound capacity through its Uniontown compressor station will increase to approximately 4,300,000 Dth/d. TE will provide a timeline on the restoration of capacity through Uniontown as soon as it is known.

As posted this morning, TE returned Line 25 for north to south flow through its Berne compressor station to approximately 1,600,000 Dth/d effective for Gas Day January 27th, 2019. TE is taking the necessary steps to return Line 15 immediately south of the Berne compressor station to service as soon as safely possible. TE will provide a timeline on the restoration of north to south capacity through Berne as soon as it is known.

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Despite a blast of frigid cold air with this week’s “Polar Vortex”, the February, 2019 NYMEX natural gas futures price took a dive on Monday and closed down about 27 cents at about $2.91/MMBtu.   As we’ll cover later, the National Weather Service temperature forecast for the first week of February is showing a significant warm-up in store for the Great Lakes and East coast areas coming next week at this time.

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

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 163 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 18. Working natural gas stocks 11% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 5¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.51/MMBtu for the week ending January 23. The price of natural gasoline fell by 2%. The price of ethane and butane rose by 2%, and the price of propane rose by 1%. The price of isobutane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, January 15, the natural gas rig count decreased by 4 to 198. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 21 to 852. The total rig count decreased by 25, and it now stands at 1,050. This is the largest week-over-week decrease in total rig count since February 2016.

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With much of the nation gripped in a deep freeze this week, let’s review the latest critical notices from the interstate gas pipeline grid.

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 January 28, 2019, and continuing until further notice.

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

Interruptible Storage Withdrawals will be taken to zero (0 Dth).

CIG expects operators to continuously manage their confirmations on a cycle to cycle basis to match actual flow rates, factoring in freeze off and other conditions as necessary, particularly the cold weather impacts to field production and pipeline operations.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Subject: System Alert/OFO Advisory Due to Forecasted Extreme Weather Conditions

Due to extreme weather conditions that are expected in our area this upcoming week, Dominion Energy

Transmission, Inc. (DETI) hereby advises its customers that OFOs will likely be issued in certain areas of DETI’s system. Customers are advised to continue to monitor the EBB for any OFO issuances.

As a reminder, the penalties for violations of transportation OFOs are based on a penalty per Dth equal to the higher of $10.00 or two times the Penalty Index Price.

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, January 29, 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.

Florida Gas Transmission:

Overage Alert Day 25% Tolerance

Near freezing temperatures are forecasted to move into North Florida over the next couple of days; therefore, for the gas day of January 28, 2019, FGT would like to notify their customers in FGTs Market Area that it is issuing an Overage Alert Day at 25% (twenty five percent) tolerance.

For the gas day of January 28, 2019, FGT will not interrupt previously scheduled Market Area ITS-1 service below the elapsed prorated scheduled quantity.

FGT will continue to monitor hourly and daily takes. Please closely monitor your scheduled point quantities versus actual burn point quantities.

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

As referenced in a recent posting, TransCanada will be hosting an industry meeting on February 12th in Calgary to discuss the dithiazine matter.  At this meeting, TransCanada and others from the industry will provide a forum to detail technical issues caused by the presence of dithiazine in natural gas, ongoing research and development, provide an opportunity to hear from others, and to discuss next steps.  Please be advised that the intent of this meeting is to discuss technical challenges and solutions only.  Space will be limited.

The meeting will be held at the Westin in Downtown Calgary from 1:30pm to 4:30pm Mountain Time.  Company representatives planning to attend the meeting must register in advance.  To register for the meeting, please reach out to Scott Currier (scott_currier@transcanada.com or 708-446-3738) by February 7. 

Gulf South Pipeline:

During the McComb (MS) compressor station maintenance, capacity could be impacted by as much as 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance beginning today (January 28 – February 16). 

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)

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. Tuesday, January 29, 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.

This SPW will be updated as more information becomes available.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

CRITICAL TIME DECLARATION – MARKET DELIVERY ZONE  

Natural is declaring a Critical Time in its Market Delivery Zone effective gas day, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, which will remain in effect until further notice.  This action is in response to the recent cold weather and the current forecast for continued extreme colder than normal weather, the high demand for gas on Natural’s system, and the need to maintain system pressures in its Market Delivery Zone.  Based on this current weather forecast, the Critical Time is anticipated to continue in effect at least through the end of the gas day, Friday, February 1, 2019.  The Critical Time will apply to under-receipts and over-deliveries of gas vis-à-vis confirmed nominations.  Please monitor Natural’s Interactive Website for updates as to the duration of the Critical Time. 

During the Critical Time, Shippers are required to comply with the ongoing Operational Flow Order (See most recent posting dated Sunday, January 27, entitled “OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDER ISSUED – MARKET DELIVERY ZONE – UPDATE #2”).  Variances to the detriment of the system at any of a Shipper’s Receipt or Delivery Points are subject to significant charges and penalties, as set forth in Sections 12.4 and 23.7 (c) of the General Terms and Conditions of Natural’s Tariff.  There is no right to be out of balance by any amount and Shippers can be required to correct any and all imbalances. It is Shipper’s responsibility to ensure that appropriate nominations are in place to reflect actual quantities that will flow. 

Accordingly, a Shipper should ensure by communication with its Point Operator that quantities of gas equal to or greater than its nominations are being delivered into Natural’s system at Receipt Points.  A Shipper should also ensure that quantities no greater than those nominated (plus firm no-notice rights) are being taken from Natural’s system at Delivery Points.   

Northern Natural Gas:

Effective Gas Day 01/28 and until further notice, the Carlton Resolution flow obligation will be at 100%.

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 Days Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29 and 30, 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.

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the weather forecast predicting colder temperatures as well as the corresponding increase in projected demand on Southern’s North and South pipeline systems, we are notifying all Shippers that the existing Type 3 Level 1 OFO is being upgraded to a Type 3 Level 2 OFO and is being expanded effective with the start of the gas day, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 until further notice.

OFO Type 3 Level 2: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity
TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 29, 2019
EFFECTIVE TIME of OFO: 9:00 AM (CCT)  

PENALTY: $15.00 + Highest Regional Daily Price* per Dth for quantities taken in excess of the tolerance

TOLERANCE:  Greater of 102% of the Daily Entitlement or 200 dth

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Due to severe weather conditions forecasted, Southern Star is issuing a Winter Weather Warning effective Tuesday, January 29, 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 Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission:

BIG SPRINGS EAST LOAD ADVISORY

This Advisory is effective starting Gas Day Tuesday, January 29, for Evening cycle until further notice.  Based on the current weather forecast, TIGT is expecting the Big Springs East loads to remain elevated through at least Thursday, January 31, 2019. 

TIGT requests that shippers continue to match their supply nominations to the on-system loads.  Otherwise, TIGT may issue a Directional Notice to maintain the operational integrity of its pipeline. 

PEPL/GRANT (Location 6616)

SSC/TIGT THOMAS (Location 7448)

NNG/TIGT MILLIGAN FILLMORE (Location 8601)

MCMC/TIGT GRANT (Location 11510, by displacement only)

TB/TIGT ADAMS (Location 7857)

TB/TIGT CLAY (Location 8382)

CHEYENNE PLAINS/TIGT SCOTT (Location 41544)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL OF ZONES 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6 EFFECTIVE 1-30-19

Due to a forecast of colder weather and higher demand moving across most of the system, effective for the Gas Day of Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C.  (“Tennessee”) is expanding the existing OFO Daily Critical Day 1 from all areas east of STA 245 on the 200 Line to include all of Zones 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 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in all of Zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 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.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Texas Gas 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

ISS Withdrawal

FSS Overrun Withdrawal

Interruptible and out-of-path Firm Transportation

HOT – Hourly Overrun Transportation

Additionally, Texas Gas is requesting all shippers take deliveries within their contractual hourly rights so that receipts and Deliveries match their associated scheduled quantities.

If shippers do not voluntarily comply with these provisions, Texas Gas may be forced to issue an Operational Flow Order, which could result in penalties for shippers.

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While much of the country hunkers down this week with extremely cold temperatures in the offing, the National Weather Service six-to-ten day outlook is showing that temperatures will be significantly improved by this time next week.   Warmer than average temperatures are expected east of the Rockies while the Mountain West and West Coast will have the colder than seasonal weather for much of next week. 

Stay warm, everyone!  Thanks for joining us at GasNewsOnline.com.  We check all of the publicly sourced natural gas pipeline and energy news for you and bring you the weather outlook for the coming week.  All for you, and all for FREE

Edition 33 – Thursday, January 24, 2019

Another weekend of cold weather is hitting the Upper Midwest and the East Coast. GasNewsOnline.com brings you the latest natural gas pipeline company critical notices, today’s energy news, and a peek at the February temperature forecast. All for FREE!

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Earlier today, Enbridge provided an update regarding an incident that occurred Monday, January 21, 2019, near Summerfield, Ohio, on its Texas Eastern pipeline system.

There was a natural gas pipeline rupture on the Texas Eastern Transmission 30-inch “Line 10” in Noble County, Ohio on Monday morning about two miles south of Summerfield.

There was a fire, which was extinguished.  In an earlier posting, the company acknowledged that two individuals living nearby suffered injuries and three nearby homes were damaged. 

Today’s press release said that company personnel have begun work to help further secure the site in preparation for investigation and maintenance activities.

This morning, the Texas Eastern electronic bulletin board posted the following critical notice:

30″ Unplanned Outage — UPDATE (2)

Texas Eastern (TE) is providing the following update on its progress to return partial service to the 30 inch pipeline system following the incident that occurred on Line 10 on Monday, January 21, 2019 in Noble County, OH between its Berne and Athens compressor stations.  The progress report is as follows:

TE has three lines between its Berne and Athens compressor stations that make up its 30 inch pipeline system in this area. These lines are: Line 10, Line 15 and Line 25. As posted on January 22, 2019, TE has restricted capacity north to south thru its Berne compressor station to net -0- through the station by also isolating Lines 15 and 25 providing the ability to safely investigate the incident as well as the integrity of those two pipelines prior to returning them to service. At this time, TE is taking the necessary steps to return Line 25 back to service as soon as safely possible.

Texas Eastern will provide an update on the estimated date that Line 25 will be returned to partial service and the associated capacity of such activity as early as Friday evening.

TE will continue to post subsequent updates to the status of the repairs and return to service plan as soon as it is known for all three lines.

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Working gas in storage was 2,370 Bcf as of Friday, January 18, 2019, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 163 Bcf versus the analysts’ estimate of 145 Bcf withdrawal. 

Natural gas volumes in storage remain at 305 Bcf or 11.4% below the five-year average.

As a result of the larger-than-expected gas storage pull, the NYMEX February, 2019 gas futures price is up around thirteen cents on Thursday at about $3.11/MMBtu.

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With frigid weather returning again for the weekend, let’s check out the latest critical posting information from the interstate natural gas pipeline company electronic bulletin boards:

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers,

Effective gas day Thursday 1/24/2019, Evening cycle and until further notice, in order to preserve system integrity and to ensure ANR is able to meet scheduled delivery commitments to all locations in ML7, ML3 and in ML2 between the Sardis and Madisonville Compressor stations; 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, ML3 and in ML2 between the Sardis and Madisonville Compressor stations. 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.

Southeast Mainline Capacity Reduction (Posted 1/23/19)

ANR will begin planned and unplanned pipeline maintenance on its SEML located in the Southeast Southern Area (Zone 2). For the period January 23rd through February 2nd, ANR will not schedule nominations at the Kinder Morgan Midcontinent Express location, LOC #803183.

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Pursuant to the General Terms & Conditions of TCO’s FERC Gas Tariff, Section 19.7, shippers are advised that due to sustained colder temperatures, storage levels, and increased market demand extending several days beginning Friday, January 25, 2019, Transport Critical Days are necessary in all Market Areas across the TCO system.  Please note the following: 

Transport Critical Days:  Friday, January 25, 2019 and until further notice.  TCO will monitor conditions and provide updates as necessary. 

Applicable Market Areas:  All Market Areas 

Applicable Penalty:  TFE – If Shipper’s takes on any Day exceed the greater of 103 percent of 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.  (Notice ID 25678425 posted on December 1, 2015 explains in detail) 

Columbia will be evaluating whether shippers have exceeded their TFE within the specific Market Areas affected by the Critical Day. Firm entitlements in other Market Areas will not be included in determining whether a shipper’s flows are within their TFE in any Market Area subject to the Critical Day. 

In addition:

Pursuant to the General Terms & Conditions of TCO’s FERC Gas Tariff, Section 19.7, shippers are advised that due to sustained colder temperatures, storage levels, and increased market demand extending several days beginning Friday, January 25, 2019, Storage Critical Days are necessary for deliveries to all Market Areas across the TCO system.  Please note the following: 

Storage Critical Days:  Friday, January 25, 2019 and until further notice.  TCO will monitor conditions and provide updates as necessary. 

Applicable Market Areas:  All Storage Withdrawals delivered to all Market 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 SCQ – If withdrawals from storage result in the FSS contract having a negative SCQ balance, a penalty of $5 per Dth will be assessed. 

– FSS MMWQ – Monthly Withdrawal Quantities that exceed 40% (November Limit) of SCQ will be assessed a penalty of $5.00 per Dth. 

NOTE:  Transporter projects no availability of interruptible storage withdrawal services (SIT and ISS) and excess FSS withdrawals with delivery to one of the affected Market Areas.  PAL loans or unparks with a delivery within the affected Market Areas will not be available.  Due ship nominations will be scheduled to zero. 

Florida Gas Transmission:

FEBRUARY 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

FGT will continue pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 10 in southern Mississippi. This maintenance is expected to continue through the end of gas day February 28, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 1,150,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 1,300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10.

FGT will perform pipeline maintenance near FGT Compressor Station 11 in southern Mississippi. This maintenance is scheduled to begin February 1, 2019 and to continue through the end of gas day February 28, 2019.  During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 3,050,000 MMBtu/day through Station 11. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 3,250,000 MMBtu/day through Station 11.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDER ISSUED – MARKET DELIVERY ZONE – UPDATE #1

The hourly rights for Firm service have been decreased to 110% (previously 120%).  This notice was last posted on January 17, 2019, entitled “OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDER ISSUED – MARKET DELIVERY ZONE”. 

Based on current market demand, anticipated maximum peaking withdrawals from storage facilities, and current system operating conditions, Natural is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) in the Market Delivery Zone effective 9:00 am., Central Clock Time, Thursday, January 24, 2019, and continuing until further notice.  

Additionally, Natural continues to monitor operating conditions system wide.  If necessary, Natural will issue additional OFOs to address Shipper actions that are detrimental to such operating conditions outside the Market Delivery Zone.  Additionally, if conditions warrant, a Critical Time will be issued in the near future.  Please monitor Natural’s Interactive Website for updates.

Northern Border Pipeline:

Northern Border OFO Watch (Posted 1/23/19)

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 through gas day February 5, 2019 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. 

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 January 25, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective gas day January 24, 2019 and until further notice, Northwest is issuing an OFO Recall Advisory and Operational Flow Order (OFO) northbound through the Rangely compressor station pursuant to Section 14.15(d) of its Tariff. 

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

If the scheduled quantities for gas day January 24, 2019 exceed the operational available capacities through the Rangely compressor, Northwest will provide Shippers with their specific OFO obligations.

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company:

Based on current cold weather forecasts, Panhandle is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day January 19, 2019, Panhandle is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. 

In addition, effective Gas Day January 24, 2019 – To ensure system integrity, Power Plant Operators must have nominated supply. Panhandle is requesting all Shippers under Rate Schedule EFT, EIT, SCT, GDS or LFT to limit their hourly deliveries to one-sixteenth of the quantity scheduled for delivery on the applicable Day. Please refer to the GT&C Section 12.11(g) of the Panhandle Tariff regarding the penalty provisions as it applies to customers in the event of noncompliance with this request. 

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the weather forecast predicting colder weather as well as the corresponding increase in projected demand on Southern’s North and South pipeline systems, we are notifying all Shippers that the existing Type 3 Level 2 OFO is being expanded effective the start of the gas day, Friday, January 25, 2019 until further notice.

OFO Type 3 Level 2: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity
TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 25, 2019
EFFECTIVE TIME of OFO: 9:00 AM (CCT)

PENALTY: $15.00 + Highest Regional Daily Price* per Dth for quantities taken in excess of the tolerance

TOLERANCE:  Greater of 102% of the Daily Entitlement or 200 dth

Also on SNG:

Southern Natural Gas Company has experienced an unscheduled station outage at its Providence compressor station.  Segment 120 capacity of 658 MMBtu/d will be impacted up to 114 MMBtu/d effective Gas Day, January 25th 2019. 

During this outage, a reduction in IT service and Out of Path service will be necessary.   

SNG is working diligently to return these units to full service. We will continue to send updates as more information becomes available. 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL OF ZONES 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6 EFFECTIVE 1-25-19

Due to a forecast of colder weather and higher demand moving across most of the system, effective for the Gas Day of Friday, January 25, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C.  (“Tennessee”) is implementing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all of Zones 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 Zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in Zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 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.

Also on Tennessee Gas:

EMERGENT REPAIR AT STA 254 UNIT 2A EFFECTIVE 1/28/19 THROUGH 2/1/19

In accordance with Article XII of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC’s (“Tennessee”) FERC Gas Tariff, Tennessee is posting notice of an emergent repair issue at Station 254 Unit 2A near Nassau, NY.  A unit outage will be required to check the foundation bolts of the unit.  Based on current nominations, Secondary Out of the Path nominations pathed through STA 254 (Segment 256 FH) are at risk as early as Timely Cycle for the Gas Day of Monday, January 28, 2019.  The expected return to service is Friday, February 1, 2019.

Tennessee estimates the impact to be up to 10,000 Dths of Secondary Out of the Path nominations pathed through STA 254 (Segment 256 FH).  

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Beginning:  Friday, January 25, 2019 and until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

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

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Looking at the temperature outlook for the entire month of February, the National Weather Service is showing that cooler than normal temperatures are likely in the Midwest and Southern states east of the Mississippi River.  Also, colder average temps are forecast for much of the Middle Atlantic region.  Normal February conditions are expected for New England, with warmer than seasonal weather conditions forecast for the Rockies to the West Coast.

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Edition 31 – Thursday, January 17, 2019

If you like cold weather, you’ll LOVE this edition of GasNewsOnline.com!  With another winter storm bearing down on the midsection of the country and, this weekend, along a large portion of the East Coast, the gas pipelines are busy writing critical notices.  GasNewsOnline.com brings you all of the publicly released gas pipeline news and the updated temperature forecasts.  All for FREE!

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As a follow up to its EBB notice dated June 29, 2018, Gas Transmission Northwest LLC (GTN), indirectly and partially owned by TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TransCanada), is informing interested parties that a chemical substance, Dithiazine, continues to appear at facilities on the GTN System, and those of some upstream and downstream connecting pipelines.

Dithiazine is a sulphur compound by-product created through the use of Triazine, a liquid chemical scavenger used by producers to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from gas streams. TransCanada has become aware that Dithiazine may drop out of the gas stream, under certain conditions, in the form of a white powder, and further chemically change to an adhesive, putty-like substance at some points of pressure reduction (for example, at a regulator) due to a temperature drop that accompanies the pressure reduction. If a sufficient quantity of the material is accumulated in certain appurtenances, it could cause them not to function properly.

As TransCanada has previously advised, multi-stage pressure regulation and/or heating of the gas stream prior to the pressure cut can mitigate against Dithiazine dropping out of the natural gas stream. In addition, periodic equipment inspections and cleaning to remove any observed solid deposits may help prevent operational issues with facility equipment.

However, due to the potential for Dithiazine to interfere with equipment functionality, TransCanada is considering disallowing the receipt of gas that has interacted with Triazine into the GTN System if the factors contributing to the presence of Dithiazine do not change. In the event Dithiazine continues to appear at facilities on the GTN System, GTN may decide to issue an Operational Flow Order by April 1, 2019 in accordance with Section 6.30 of its FERC Gas Tariff, as amended from time to time, to maintain or restore the operational integrity of its system.

To provide additional clarity and address any questions, TransCanada invites all parties to attend a working session to be held the second week of February 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.

TransCanada will continue to provide stakeholders with updates as appropriate. In the meantime, GTN commercial and operations representatives are available to meet with any affected parties at their convenience, or to address any questions.

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BlueMountain Capital Management has delivered an open letter to the Board of Directors of PG&E Corporation. 

The investment firm, which owns several million shares of PGE stock, said that the company’s plan to file bankruptcy soon is “damaging, avoidable, and unnecessary” for the company’s stockholders.    

According to the letter, BlueMountain Capital Management asserts that PG&E “has ample liquidity to operate its business; the amount of liabilities remains uncertain and contestable; there are meaningful probabilities of offsets from settlements and cost recovery; and any potential liabilities are payable in the future”.

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From the US Energy Information Administration, the weekly natural gas storage report showed a net decrease of 81 Bcf pulled from storage for the week ending January 11.  Remaining natural gas stocks in storage are now 2.5 Tcf.  That volume is 11.4% below the five-year average for the same week.

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Due to another winter storm moving across the MidWest and, for this weekend, into the Northeast, this is an extremely busy week of gas pipeline company critical notices.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Market Area 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.

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:

Pursuant to the General Terms & Conditions of TCO’s FERC Gas Tariff, Section 19.7, shippers are advised that due to sustained colder temperatures, storage levels, and increased market demand extending several days beginning Friday, January 18, 2019, Transport and Storage Critical Days are necessary in all Market Areas across the TCO system.  Please note the following: 

Transport and Storage Critical Days:  Friday, January 18, 2019 and until further notice.  TCO will monitor conditions and provide updates as necessary. 

Applicable Market Areas:  All Market Areas and All Storage Withdrawals delivered to all Market Areas. 

Applicable Transport Penalty:  TFE – If Shipper’s takes on any Day exceed the greater of 103 percent of 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.  (Notice ID 25678425 posted on December 1, 2015 explains in detail) 

Columbia will be evaluating whether shippers have exceeded their TFE within the specific Market Areas affected by the Critical Day. Firm entitlements in other Market Areas will not be included in determining whether a shipper’s flows are within their TFE in any Market Area subject to the Critical Day.

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

– FSS MMWQ – Monthly Withdrawal Quantities that exceed 40% (November Limit) of SCQ will be assessed a penalty of $5.00 per Dth. 

NOTE:  Transporter projects no availability of interruptible storage withdrawal services (SIT and ISS) and excess FSS withdrawals with delivery to one of the affected Market Areas.  PAL loans or unparks with a delivery within the affected Market Areas will not be available.  Due ship nominations will be scheduled to zero.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

ETNG Operational Flow Order – East of Boyds Creek

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, January 17, 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.

Enable Gas Transmission:

BALANCING OPERATIONAL ALERT

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 THURSDAY, JANUARY 17,  2019 AT 9:00 A.M. AND CONTINUING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

DUE TO FORECASTED HIGH DEMANDS, 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.

DURING THIS TIME, EGT ANTICIPATES HIGH STORAGE DEMAND AND MAY, IF NECESSARY, SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY IN ORDER TO GET THE WITHDRAWALS THROUGH ITS ALLEN AND CHANDLER  COMPRESSOR STATIONS.  IT AND SECONDARY SHIPPERS IN THE WEST 1, WEST 2 AND FLEX (WEST OF  CHANDLER) POOLING AREAS MAY BE IMPACTED.

THE AVAILABILITY OF BALANCING AND NON-RATABLE SERVICES WILL BE LIMITED.  HOURLY NON- RATABLE NOMINATIONS 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).  SHIPPERS WHOSE TAKES EXCEED THEIR APPLICABLE SCHEDULED VOLUMES WILL BE SUBJECT TO EXCESS CONTRACT QUANTITIES CHARGES PURSUANT TO EGT’S TARIFF.

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.

Florida Gas Transmission:

Overage Alert Day 25% Tolerance

FGT line-pack is below target levels.  Near freezing temperatures are forecasted in Florida this weekend; therefore, for the gas day of January 17, 2019, FGT would like to notify their customers in FGTs Market Area that it is issuing an Overage Alert Day at 25% (twenty five percent) tolerance.

For the gas day of January 17, 2019, FGT will not interrupt previously scheduled Market Area ITS-1 service below the elapsed prorated scheduled quantity.

FGT will continue to monitor hourly and daily takes. Please closely monitor your scheduled point quantities versus actual burn point quantities.

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.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Gulf South 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

ISS and ISS-P Withdrawal

FSS-P Overrun Withdrawal

Interruptible, Firm Secondary Service, Firm Supplemental Service and Firm Out-of-Path Service

Additionally, Gulf South 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 “as practicable”, pursuant to Section 6.7[2.] and 6.7[3.] of Gulf South’s FERC Gas Tariff (Tariff).

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

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. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and continuing until further notice.

During this time:

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

 2)           It may be necessary for MRT to limit firm volumes to their primary direction of flow on the system north of Glendale.

 3)           MRT may not be able to schedule volumes that result in a daily short position in either the Market or Field Zones, and Shippers must ensure that they remain in balance.

 4)           MRT may not be able to schedule the use of imbalance positions, and Shippers must ensure physical receipts sufficient to cover scheduled deliveries.

 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.

Shippers whose deliveries are affected by any of the Seven (7) 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.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDER ISSUED – MARKET DELIVERY ZONE 

Based on current market demand, anticipated maximum peaking withdrawals from storage facilities, and current system operating conditions, Natural is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) in the Market Delivery Zone effective 9:00 am., Central Clock Time, Saturday, January 19, 2019, and continuing until further notice.  Additionally, Natural continues to monitor operating conditions system wide.  If necessary, Natural will issue additional OFOs to address Shipper actions that are detrimental to such operating conditions outside the Market Delivery Zone.  See below for specific actions Natural is requiring shippers follow and the applicable timing requirements (daily and hourly) for compliance with the OFO.  Additionally, if conditions warrant, a Critical Time will be issued in the near future.  Please monitor Natural’s Interactive Website for updates. 

DAILY 

For the gas day, each Shipper (including Point Operators) is prohibited from taking any volume in excess of those equal to confirmed transportation nominations plus no-notice rights at delivery points in the Market Delivery Zone.  Excess daily takes will be subject to applicable Unauthorized Overrun charges, OFO charges and/or OFO balancing charges (as described below).  Natural is reminding Shippers and Point Operators that as part of this OFO, tolerances under POA agreements are limited to 2% (instead of 5%) of confirmed nominations or 1,000 Dth/d; whichever is greater, at the point.  Daily Balancing Charges and overrun charges associated with Shippers and Point Operators under taking volumes (long position) will be waived during this OFO in accordance with Natural’s FERC Gas Tariff. 

HOURLY 

Additionally, as provided in Section 7.4 of Natural’s FERC Gas Tariff, at each point in the Market Delivery Zone, Point Operators and Shippers (where no point operator exists) are required to limit hourly takes.  The hourly rights for each Shipper and Point Operator will be limited by service priority and nomination cycle, based on hours remaining in the gas day.  Shippers and Point Operators are responsible for calculating and monitoring their hourly usage so as not to exceed the limits described herein.  Excess hourly takes will be subject to OFO charges (as described below).

Hourly Rights for Firm Service – 120%

Includes Primary and Secondary Confirmed Nominations and Unused No-Notice firm service rights

Timely/Evening Cycles

Limited to 5.00% (120% / 24 hours) of Firm Service. 

Intra-Day 1 Cycle

Limited to the hourly rights computed in the previous cycle for Firm Service; plus 6.316% (120% / 19 hours) of the difference of current cycle Firm Service minus prior cycle Firm Service. 

Intra-Day 2 Cycle

Limited to the hourly rights computed in the previous cycle for Firm Service; plus 8.00% (120% / 15 hours) of the difference of current cycle Firm Service minus prior cycle Firm Service. 

Intra-Day 3 Cycle

Limited to the hourly rights computed in the previous cycle for Firm Service; plus 10.91% (120% / 11 hours) of the difference of current cycle Firm Service minus prior cycle Firm Service.

Hourly Rights for Interruptible Service – 105%

Includes Interruptible and AOR nominations, as well as POA tolerances

Timely/Evening Cycles

Limited to 4.375% (105% / 24 hours) of Interruptible Service. 

Intra-Day 1 Cycle

Limited to the hourly rights computed in the previous cycle for Interruptible Service; plus 5.53% (105% / 19 hours) of the difference of current cycle Interruptible Service minus prior cycle Interruptible Service. 

Intra-Day 2 Cycle

Limited to the hourly rights computed in the previous cycle for Interruptible Service; plus 7.00% (105% / 15 hours) of the difference of current cycle Interruptible Service minus prior cycle Interruptible Service. 

Intra-Day 3 Cycle

Limited to the hourly rights computed in the previous cycle for Interruptible Service; plus 9.55% (105% / 11 hours) of the difference of current cycle Interruptible Service minus prior cycle Interruptible Service. 

Limitation on Nominations in All Cycles for Firm and Interruptible Service

Shippers are advised that nominations should be received by Timely/Evening Cycle in order to utilize full rights over 24 hours, to avoid exceeding the 24 hour ratable hourly takes calculation.  In all cases, any first time nominations received on Non-Timely Cycles for full MDQ utilization rights, plus any scheduled ITS nominations, are subject to penalty on any hourly takes overages if the hourly takes rate exceeds the 24 hour ratable calculation.  Shipper’s hourly rights based on firm MDQ, plus interruptible nominations, must be sufficient to accommodate the calculated hourly rights for the remaining hours of the gas day.  Specifically, hourly rights cannot exceed 120% / 24 hours of Shipper’s MDQ on the nominated contract, plus 105% / 24 hours of Shipper’s interruptible nominations.

CHARGES FOR VIOLATIONS OF OFOs  

HOURLY

Section 23.6 of the General Terms and Conditions of Natural’s FERC Gas Tariff sets forth the provisions, including applicable penalties, for failure to comply with an OFO.

DAILY 

UNATHORIZED OVERRUN

Point Operators are on notice that any volumes taken in excess of the confirmed nominations and no-notice rights plus the greater of 2% of all confirmed nominations, or one thousand (1,000) Dth/day, will be treated as Unauthorized Overrun subject to any applicable charges (Section 12), penalties for violating the OFO (Section 23.6), and any Balancing Service Charges (as referenced below). This OFO overrides any prior predetermined allocation included in Section 11 of the General Terms and Conditions of Natural’s FERC Gas Tariff to the extent the overtake would be treated differently. 

BALANCING SERVICE CHARGES

Section 12.3 of the General Terms and Conditions of Natural’s FERC Gas Tariff sets forth the provisions when Balancing Service Charges shall apply when an OFO is in effect, if actual deliveries allocated to a Shipper at any point or under any Agreement do not conform to the sum of such Shipper’s confirmed nominations and no-notice rights applicable to such point. 

Daily Balancing Charges and overrun charges associated with Shippers and Point Operators under taking volumes (long position) will be waived during this OFO in accordance with Natural’s FERC Gas Tariff.

Northern Natural Gas:

Effective Gas Day 01/18/2019 09:00:00 AM until further notice, the Carlton Resolution flow obligation will be at 100%.

Operational Alert – 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, January 18, 2019, due to lower than normal system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest Pipeline’s current account balance at the Jackson Prairie Storage Facility is currently under 1 Bcf.  This is due to cooler weather experienced over the last several days and subsequent drafting of the system North of the Kemmerer Compressor station.  In addition, with the change of gas flows due the Westcoast incident in early October, Northwest has significantly under recovered fuel for the last several months.  With cooler weather anticipated early next week, intermittent volumes from Westcoast based on planned in-line inspections and declining deliverability from Jackson Prairie; Northwest will be implementing a Stage III (13%) Entitlement North of the Kemmerer Compressor station pursuant to Section 14.6 of the Northwest Gas Pipeline Tariff effective January 18, 2019.

In addition, Northwest is preparing to file an Emergency Fuel Filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking approval, to be effective February 1, 2019, to change the current system fuel rate from 1% to 1.61%.  

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Corporation:

Weather Alert 

Based on current cold weather forecasts, Panhandle is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day January 19, 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; 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. 

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.

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the latest weather forecast predicting colder weather with a significant drop in temperatures as well as the corresponding increase in projected demand on Southern’s system, we are notifying Shippers on the North and South systems will be subject to an OFO Type 3 Level 2 effective the start of the gas day, Sunday, January 20, 2019 until further notice.

OFO Type 3 Level 2: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity
TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 20, 2019
EFFECTIVE TIME of OFO: 9:00 AM (CCT)  

PENALTY: $15.00 + Highest Regional Daily Price* per Dth for quantities taken in excess of the tolerance

TOLERANCE:  Greater of 102% of the Daily Entitlement or 200 dth

This is to notify all customers who are allocated gas at any delivery point in the North and South system segments listed by SNG that they are subject to an operational flow order commencing on the effective date set out in this notice and continuing until further notice. The above-stated penalty will be assessed on any shipper whose allocated deliveries at any delivery point(s) exceed both 102% of their daily entitlement and 200 dth at such delivery point(s) within an OFO Group.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Due to severe weather conditions expected, Southern Star is issuing a Winter Weather Warning effective Saturday, January 19, 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 Monday, January 21, 2019. Southern Star will review and provide any changes or updates on the status of its system for the period of this posting.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL AREAS EAST OF STA 245 EFFECTIVE 1-17-19

Due to forecasted colder weather and higher demand moving back into the northeast, effective for the Gas Day of Thursday, January 17, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C.  (“Tennessee”) is issuing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all areas east of STA 245 on the 200 Line for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff. 

All delivery point operators east of STA 245 on the 200 Line are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators east of STA 245 on the 200 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.

In the event this OFO is not sufficient to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Tennessee may escalate to a Critical Day II, an OFO Balancing Alert, Meter Specific OFO(s) or Hourly OFO(s). Tennessee cannot accept unscheduled imbalances and requires all customers to nominate and schedule all payback requests.

Tennessee will deem all affected Shippers to be in compliance with the actions specified in these Daily Critical Day 1 OFOs if after the measurement close the actual system conditions were opposite to the conditions for which the OFOs were issued.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Texas Gas 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

ISS Withdrawal

FSS Overrun Withdrawal

Interruptible and out-of-path Firm Transportation

Additionally, Texas Gas is requesting all shippers take deliveries within their contractual hourly rights so that receipts and Deliveries match their associated scheduled quantities.

If shippers do not voluntarily comply with these provisions, Texas Gas may be forced to issue an Operational Flow Order, which could result in penalties for shippers.

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:  Sunday, January 20, 2019 until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zones 4, 5, and 6

Delivery Tolerance %:  5%

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 January 19, 2019, until further notice, Trunkline 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; 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. 

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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As you can tell based on today’s gas pipeline report, the weather forecast through the end of January is for colder than average temperatures.  The National Weather Service temperature forecast through the end of the month is now showing only the West Coast of the US with above average weather.

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Edition 28 – Monday, January 7, 2019

Though you wouldn’t know it was January in the deep South today, we know that colder weather is right around the corner again soon.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com! Even with the warmer temperatures, we will give you an update on several gas pipeline critical notice postings along with an update on the latest energy and weather news. All for FREE!

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According to the US Energy Information Administration, the estimated working gas in storage was 2.705 Tcf as of Friday, December 28, 2018. This represented a net storage decrease of just 20 Bcf from the previous week.

With a few weeks of warmer weather, the South Central region injected 20 Bcf of gas back into storage as the rest of the country drew down 40 Bcf for the reporting week. 

Natural gas stocks in storage were still 560 Bcf (or 17.2%) below the five-year average.

Meanwhile, the natural gas futures price for the upcoming month of February lagged below $3 per MMBtu and finished the day on Monday at about $2.96/MMBtu. 

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On January 3, American Midstream Partners announced that the Board of Directors received a revised non-binding proposal from an affiliate of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund V, L.P. (“ArcLight”) pursuant to which ArcLight would acquire all common units of the American Midstream (that ArcLight and its affiliates do not already own) in exchange for a revised offer price of $4.50 per common share.  The other proposed terms of the potential transaction remain as set forth in the original non-binding proposal announced on September 28, 2018.

The proposed transaction remains subject to a number of contingencies.  The company indicated that there is no assurance that definitive documentation will be executed or that any transaction will materialize.

American Midstream’s gas pipeline assets include Destin Pipeline Company and the MidLa, AlaTenn, and Trans-Union Interstate Pipeline systems. 

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Shell Chemical LP (Shell) today announced the start of production of the fourth alpha olefins unit at its Geismar, Louisiana, USA chemical manufacturing site.  Alpha olefins are key ingredients in many finished products including laundry detergents, motor oils, and hand soaps.

“Our team delivered this world-class expansion project safely, on time and within budget,” said Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President for Shell’s global chemicals business. “This is a key growth project for Shell’s global chemicals business. Geismar will continue to play a leading role in providing the materials for products that an increasing number of people need and enjoy.”

The new unit strengthens Shell’s position in the US Gulf Coast. The Geismar site is supported with advantaged ethylene feedstock from Shell’s nearby Norco, Louisiana and Deer Park, Texas manufacturing sites, enabling the site to respond to market conditions.

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Let’s take a look at the latest critical postings from around the interstate gas pipeline grid for this Monday, January 7:

Enable Gas Transmission:

Posting dated January 5 – BYARS LAKE UNPLANNED MAINT

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.

During this period, nominations through EGT s Allen Compressor Station will be limited to approximately 700,000 Dth.

EGT will schedule nominations on each impacted day in accordance with its tariff. This alert will remain in effect until further notice.

Florida Gas Transmission:

JANUARY 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

Hall Summit (Louisiana) Compressor Maintenance

Begins: January 14, 2019      Ends:  January 18, 2019

Expansion Receipts Upstream – Vixen Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by as much as 200,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

MAINLINE UTILIZATION SPW

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. Wednesday, January 9,  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 in the Field Zone 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.

Shippers whose deliveries are affected by any of the Seven (7) 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.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

ANTICIPATED RESTRICTIONS AT MLV 3, STA 17 AND STA 25 EFFECTIVE 1-8-19

Due to the current high volume of nominations from the north going south on the Mainline, effective Timely Cycle for the Gas Day of January 8, 2019, and going forward, Tennessee may be required to restrict nominations pathed through MLV 3 (Segment 101 BH), Station 17 (Segment 117 BH) and/or Station 25 (Segment 125 BH).  

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Heidlersburg Compressor Station: January 8-9, 2019

TE will be conducting a compressor station outage at its Heidlersburg Compressor Station (in south central Pennsylvania). During this outage, capacity through Heidlersburg on the 36 inch line, for deliveries up to Lambertville on TE’s 36 inch line will be approximately 1,740,000 Dth /d. Based on historical nominations TE anticipates restrictions for interruptible and secondary out of path nominations.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Subject: Terminate Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

The Operational Flow Order – Imbalance (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4, 5 & 6 will be terminated effective January 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

Circumstances leading to the issuance of the OFO are expected to improve; however, Transco has limited flexibility to manage imbalances and strongly encourages all shippers to manage their system requirements to ensure a concurrent balance of receipts and deliveries daily.

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Taking a look at the temperature forecast for the middle week of January, the National Weather Service is showing that normal (cold) weather patterns will govern the eastern portions of the US, while warmer than seasonal weather will remain in place west of the Mississippi River during the period.

2019 looks to be off to a toasty start! Thanks for visiting GasNewsOnline.com! We check out the publicly sourced information twice weekly to keep you informed about the natural gas business. For FREE!

Edition 24 – Monday, December 17, 2018

The long-awaited thaw has begun for most of the country to start the new work week.  With expectations of moderating temperatures continuing through the end of December, the natural gas futures price for January is taking a beating today.   Scenes of a melting Frosty-the-Snowman are apparently going viral on gas traders’ screens today.   

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We search for publicly available news and information about the natural gas business and bring it to you twice every week – for FREE!

Today, the NYMEX natural gas futures price for January, 2019 has dropped by about thirty cents as a lack of cold weather in the forecast for the next few weeks will cause a glut of gas supplies.   January’s natural gas price has tanked to just about $3.50/MMBtu. 

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Let’s review the EIA’s Natural Gas Weekly Update dated December 13, 2018:

At the NYMEX, the natural gas price of the 12-month strip from January 2019 through December 2019 futures contracts declined 8¢/MMBtu to $3.165/MMBtu last week.

Net storage withdrawals from working gas totaled 77 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending December 7.  Working natural gas stocks are 20% lower than the five-year (2013–17) average.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 6¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.73/MMBtu for the week ending December 12. The price of ethane and isobutane fell by 2% and 1%, respectively.  The price of natural gasoline, propane, and butane rose by 5%, 1%, and 4%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, December 4, the natural gas rig count increased by 9 to 198. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 10 to 877.  The total rig count decreased by 1, and it now stands at 1,075.

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Williams reported on Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate authorizing the Gateway Expansion Project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to create 65,000 MMBtu/day of firm transportation capacity for northeastern markets.

The Gateway project helps meet growing natural gas demand by consumers in New Jersey and New York in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season, providing additional natural gas service to PSEG Power and UGI Energy Services.

Virtually all of the project activities are within Transco’s existing rights of way and/or property boundaries. It includes adding electric horsepower at an existing Transco compressor station in Essex County, N.J., in addition to making modifications to two existing Transco meter stations in Passaic County and Essex County, N.J.

Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Gateway Expansion Project in the spring of 2019, with a target in-service date of Nov. 1, 2020.

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Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Partners, LP announced today that they have completed the previously announced merger pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of August 24, 2018 (the Merger Agreement). The Merger resulted in Enbridge (through a wholly owned subsidiary) acquiring all of the outstanding public common units of SEP and SEP becoming an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge.

Effective today, SEP unitholders of record as of the close of business on November 5, 2018 (other than Enbridge and its subsidiaries) are entitled to receive from Enbridge pursuant to the Merger Agreement, for each SEP common unit held, 1.111 common shares of Enbridge.

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The interstate gas pipeline system has eased-up on the weather-related critical notices to start the new week.  Let’s check out the latest 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, December 17, 2018, 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.

ANR Pipeline:

Southeast Mainline Capacity Reduction (Cancelled 12/17/18)
This posting supersedes PSO ID #8994

ANR has cancelled the planned station maintenance at its Cottage Grove Compressor Station (in Tennessee) along its Southeast Mainline. Effective immediately, the restriction for the Cottage Grove Southbound (LOC #505614) location has been lifted.

Since the last posting, ANR has made the following change. The operationally available capacity has been restored to 1,225-MMcf/d.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) notifies customers that the upcoming maintenance at the Chantilly Compressor Station has been delayed one day.  The work is now scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018 through Thursday, December 20, 2018.  

Due to this maintenance, there is a potential to interrupt firm service at the Transco Chantilly interconnect (delivery meter 843105).

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC (ETNG) hereby declares a Force Majeure in accordance with Section 24 of the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff. The Force Majeure event is due to an unplanned outage at its Rural Retreat Compressor Station in Rural Retreat, Tennessee which occurred on December 16,2018. While repair efforts will commence as soon as possible, the estimated time of restoration is unclear at this time.

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

Florida Gas Transmission:

JANUARY 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

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

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 DOWNSTREAM OF STA 254 EFFECTIVE 12-18-18

Due to forecasted colder weather and higher demand moving back into the northeast, for the Gas Day of Tuesday, December 18, 2018,Tennessee is issuing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for downstream of STA 254 on the 200 Line for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff. 

All delivery point operators downstream of STA 254 on the 200 Line are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators downstream of STA 254 on the 200 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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Finally, the extended six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service is showing why Frosty-the-Snowman’s recent appearance may be a short one.   From coast-to-coast, holiday temperatures will be above to nearly normal.  

As a long-time friend in the energy business once told me nearly thirty years ago during a January when the temperature was above normal and natural gas prices were cratering, “Let’s go play golf!  At least we can be happy about something today, right?”

Indeed!  Thanks for checking in to GasNewsOnline.com!  We are your FREE source of information about the natural gas transportation business twice weekly.  Please tell a friend about us! 

Edition 23 – Thursday, December 13, 2018

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!   We hope to give you a little holiday cheer with publicly available news and information about the natural gas business and a glimpse of warmer weather in the extended forecast for the week of Christmas.

First, let’s take a look at what is making news in the energy business:

The US Energy Information Administration published their weekly natural gas storage report today.  Below is a summary of the report:

EIA Natural Gas Storage Data
Total (12/07/18): 2,914 Bcf
Total (11/30/18): 2,991 Bcf
Net change: -77 Bcf
Year ago stocks: 3,636 Bcf
% change from year ago: -19.9
% 5-year avg stocks: 3,637 Bcf
% change from 5-year avg: -19.9 %

Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced Wednesday that the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has loaded and departed from its Corpus Christi liquefaction facility in Texas, marking the first export of LNG from the state and from a greenfield liquefaction facility in the lower 48 states. The LNG was loaded on the LNG carrier Maria Energy, chartered by Cheniere Marketing, LLP.

“Exporting the first commissioning cargo of LNG from Texas demonstrates Cheniere’s ability to deliver projects safely and ahead of schedule, including the first greenfield LNG export facility in the lower 48 states,” said Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s President and CEO. “This milestone further reinforces Cheniere’s position as the leader in U.S. LNG, with a world-scale liquefaction platform that provides significant competitive advantages as we continue to execute on our growth strategy.” 

The Corpus Christi liquefaction facility consists of three large-scale LNG production units — or trains — and supporting infrastructure, with an additional seven smaller trains proposed.  The facility’s first train produced first LNG in November and is expected to reach substantial completion in the first quarter of 2019.  Train 2 is expected to reach substantial completion in the second half of 2019, and Train 3 in the second half of 2021. The facility will also feature three LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 10.1 billion cubic feet equivalent and two marine berths.

In other energy news:

Houston-based Parker Drilling Company announced Wednesday that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement (“RSA”) with holders of the Company’s securities.  To implement that agreement, Parker has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

The existing management team is expected to remain in place, and the Company expects to complete the restructuring process in the first quarter of 2019.

The Company anticipates that its cash flow and existing liquidity will be sufficient to support global operations during this period.   The proposed Plan, which is subject to Court approval, reduces approximately two-thirds of funded debt and injects $95 million of new equity capital.

“Our operational results have continued to improve this year, and we anticipate new opportunities for profitable growth across our drilling and rental tools businesses. The steps we are announcing today will ensure that we have the appropriate capital structure to take advantage of these opportunities to strategically grow our assets, our global footprint, and our suite of products and services,” said Gary Rich, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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The interstate gas pipeline grid is shifting from an early winter mode of operation and providing the industry a brief chance to replenish storage levels as some warmer weather is upon us.  Let’s take a look at some of the critical postings:

ANR Pipeline:

SW Area Capacity Restriction

New: ANR will begin unplanned compressor maintenance at its Mooreland Compressor Station located in Woodward County, Oklahoma, in the Southwest Area (Zone 4).  During the period of December 13th, 2018 through January 13th, 2019, ANR Shippers can expect higher than normal pressures in the pipeline segment upstream of the Mooreland Compressor Station.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Effective start of gas day, Friday, December 14, 2018, PL-1 restrictions will be lifted (supersedes Notice ID: 209910).

Additionally, Dominion is lifting capacity restrictions on its Northern, TL-400, and Oakford operating areas on Friday, December 14.

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

In-line inspection results for JL47 indicate that remediation is necessary on a portion of the pipeline.  Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline (DEQP) has scheduled the repair for December 18, 2018.  To facilitate the work, Altamont MAP 145, Randlett Tap MAP 419, Pleasant Valley Tap MAP 413 and Brundage Mtn Tap MAP 144 will all need to be shut-in and nominations will not be accepted for cycles Timely through ID2 with volumes, returning to normal in cycle ID3.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

ETNG Operational Flow Order – East of Boyds Creek — LIFTED

Effective today (Thursday, December 13), East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) is lifting the Operational Flow Order for meters east of Boyds Creek issued on December 5, 2018.

ETNG has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. ETNG requires all delivery points located east of Boyds Creek 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.

Additionally, ETNG requires all delivery points on its 3200 line located between Tracy City to Topside and on the 3500 line 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 on the 3200 Line between Tracy City to Topside and on the 3500 line are required to keep actual receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.

El Paso Natural Gas:

The Force Majeure event that was declared on December 7, 2018 (Reference Critical Notice 603991) at Dimmitt Compressor Station will be lifted effective for Gas Day December 13, 2018 Cycle 3 (Intraday 1). The net capacity at AMAR N returns to 283,100 dekatherms consistent with El Paso Natural Gas Company’s December Maintenance Report (Reference latest Maintenance Notice 603975).

Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT Tariff to notify shippers of planned maintenance at EGT’s Byars Lake Compressor Station.

Effective January 9, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through January 10, 2019, EGT will conduct planned maintenance on its Byars Lake Compressor Station, located in McClain County, Oklahoma and in EGT’s West 2 Pooling Area.  During this maintenance, capacity through EGT’s Allen Compressor Station will be limited to approximately 780,000 Dth/d.  Point operators will experience higherpressure.

Based on current nominations, EGT expects impacts to its services, including potential impacts to firm service. During the planned maintenance, shippers whose receipts are in the West1 and West 2 pooling areas West of the Allen Compressor Station should nominate point to point in order to maintain the highest priority level of service.

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT is performing planned pipeline maintenance upstream of FGT Compressor Station 10. This maintenance began on December 3, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day December 21, 2018. During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 1,100,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10. During normal operations, FGT schedules up to 1,300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10.

FGT is performing maintenance on pipe near the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect (POI 10258). This maintenance began on December 3, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day December 21, 2018. During this maintenance zero volumes will be scheduled at the FGT/Tennessee Interconnect. During normal operations, FGT schedules up to 60,000 MMBtu/day through the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect.

Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP):

Compression associated with the Sabine Pass Expansion Project, (Docket No. CP 17-22-00), is expected to go into service on December 13, 2018.  KMLP will begin assessing fuel gas on the “North to South Transportation Path” as defined in Section 1.30 of KMLP’s General Terms and Conditions. 

Effective December 13, 2018, the Fuel Gas Total Reimbursement Percentage will increase from 0.00% to 0.72%.  This percentage was approved by FERC on November 27,2018 in KMLP’s filing in Docket No. RP19-197-000.  The Unaccounted For Gas Total Reimbursement Percentage remains at 0.00%.  Shippers are advised to schedule quantities with the revised percentages. 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Natural has experienced horsepower issues on the Amarillo mainline at Compressor Station 103 (CS 103),located in Ford County, Kansas (Segment 11 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone).  This is a Force Majeure event that will require Natural to reduce temporarily the maximum operating capacity northbound through CS 103 during this restriction. 

The scheduling constraint will be at CS 103; therefore, any gas received south of CS 103 for delivery north of CS 103 will be impacted. The Midcontinent Pool (PIN 25078) is located south (upstream) of the constraint.  Additionally,transports associated with storage withdrawals will be impacted. 

As such, effective for gas day Thursday, December 13, 2018, Timely Cycle, and anticipated to continue until further notice, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 82% of contract MDQ through CS 103.  Actual nomination levels and changes in pipeline conditions could result in changes to the percentages scheduled (lower or higher).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports continue to not be available during this event.   

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Effective for the Gas Day of Friday, December 14, 2018, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC (“Tennessee”) is lifting the Daily Critical Day 1 OFO for all areas east of STA 219 on the 200 Line (including the Niagara Spur) and on the 300 Line.  However, it is imperative that customers continue to match physical flows with scheduled volumes in this area in order to avoid the issuance of any additional actions in these zones. 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Texas Eastern Transmission (TE) has experienced an outage impacting capacity through its Bernville compressor station in Pennsylvania. This outage results in a capacity of approximately 2,947,000 Dth/d through the Bernville compressor station beginning on Gas Day December 14, 2018.  TE anticipates the outage will last for approximately 2-3days.

In addition…

Effective today (Thursday,December 13), Texas Eastern (TE) is lifting the Market Area Zone M3 Operational Flow Order effective on December 4, 2018.

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

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

Furthermore, 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 Monday, December 17, 2018 to all delivery parties, with the exception of those governed by a FERC gas tariff, in Texas Eastern’s Market Area Zone 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 arithmetic average of 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.

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According to Santa’s friends at the National Weather Service, the eight-to-ten day temperature forecast is showing that most of the United States may see normal to above-average readings heading into Christmas!  Ho, Ho, Ho, indeed!

Enjoy a weekend of fewer operational flow orders on the pipelines for a change! 

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Edition 21 – Thursday, December 6, 2018

It’s been a busy week in the United States as we have honored the passing of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!   The interstate pipeline grid is filled with cold weather advisories for this weekend as we provide a review of the latest postings from the electronic bulletin boards ending this week.

If you remember Merle Haggard’s hit song called, If We Make it Through December, the National Weather Service is now showing a chance for a break in the recent colder weather coming before Christmas.   Stay tuned!

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Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of upcoming maintenance at the Cobb Compressor Station in West Virginia scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018 through Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

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)

As a reminder, nominations through the impacted internal constraints will not be scheduled until the work is complete.

 

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Niagara Mohawk East and Bethlehem Energy Deliveries Primary Only

Due to forecasted temperatures, effective with the start of gas day Friday, December 7, 2018, deliveries at Niagara Mohawk East Meter (20550) and Bethlehem Energy Center Meter (30200) will be limited to primary only until further notice.

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

 

Florida Gas Transmission:

FIRST UPDATE – DECEMBER 2018 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONES 2 AND 3

FGT is performing maintenance on the FGT East White Lake Lateral upstream of FGT Compressor Station 75. This maintenance began on December 3, 2018. The original planned completion date of December 7, 2018 has been extended to the end of gas day December 13, 2018. During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 470,000 MMBtu/day from the FGT East White Lake group. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 590,000 MMBtu/day from the FGT East White Lake group.

FGT is performing planned pipeline maintenance upstream of FGT Compressor Station 10. This maintenance began on December 3, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day December 21, 2018. During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 1,100,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 1,300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 10.

FGT is performing maintenance on pipe near the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect (POI 10258). This maintenance began on December 3, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day December 21, 2018. During this maintenance zero volumes will be scheduled at the FGT/Tennessee Interconnect. During normal operations FGTschedules up to 60,000 MMBtu/day through the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect.

 

Gulf South Pipeline:

Kiln Compressor Station Maintenance

Begin date:  12/6/18   End Date: 12/12/18

Capacity could be impacted by as much as 200,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. Gulf South will be working with point operators to reduce impact.

 

Kern River Gas Transmission:

Kern River hereby announces a force majeure due to an unexpected mechanical issue that will require a turbine engine exchange on Unit 1 at the Salt Lake compressor station. The force majeure will be effective Timely cycle for gas day December 11, 2018, and is expected to continue through the end of gas day December 13, 2018.

Kern River will initially reduce the Veyo operating capacity by 50,000 Dth to 2,430,000 Dth, after which Kern River will evaluate system conditions and nomination flow patterns each cycle and will increase the Veyo operating capacity in subsequent cycles, if possible, to ensure throughput is maximized.  Kern River does not anticipate any impact to previously scheduled nominations or to new primary or secondary firm nominations.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL)

FORCE MAJEURE – SEGMENT 8 – COMPRESSOR STATION 168 – UPDATE #3

Additional information on the end date, as noted below.  This notice was last posted on November 19, 2018, entitled “FORCE MAJEURE – SEGMENT 8 – COMPRESSOR STATION 168 – UPDATE #2”.

Natural has experienced horsepower issues at Compressor Station 168 (CS 168), located in Bailey County, Texas in Natural’s Permian Zone.  This is a Force Majeure event that requires Natural to temporarily reduce the maximum operating capacity northbound, thus limiting Natural’s throughput capacity through CS 168 during this restriction.

The scheduling constraint will be at CS 168; therefore, any gas received south of CS 168 for delivery north of CS 168 will be impacted for the duration of the restriction.  Additionally, transports associated with storage injections may be impacted.  The Permian Pool (PIN 25077) is located south (upstream) of the constraint.

As such, effective for gas day Friday, November 9, 2018, Timely Cycle, and anticipated to continue through gas day Monday, December 17, 2018, (previously Monday, December 10, 2018), Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 77% of contract MDQ through CS 168.  Actual nomination levels and changes in pipeline conditions could result in changes to the percentages scheduled (lower or higher) on subsequent gas days.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports continue to not be available for the duration of this restriction.

 

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company

Based on current cold weather forecasts, Panhandle is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day December 6, 2018, 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.

Both interruptible and secondary outside-the-path nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity.

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.

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.

 

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

The Winter Weather Advisory that went into effect December 4, 2018 is being extended through December 9, 2018 based upon updated forecast.

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.

 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL AREAS EAST OF STA 219 EFFECTIVE 12-7-18

Due to forecasted colder temperatures moving into the Northeast, effective for Gas Day, Friday, December 7, 2018, Tennessee is implementing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all areas east of STA 219 on the 200 Line (including the Niagara Spur) and all areas east of STA 219 on the 300 Line for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.

All delivery point operators east of STA 219 on the 200 Line (including the Niagara Spur) and east of STA 219 on the 300 Line are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators east of STA 219 on the 200 Line (including the Niagara Spur) and east of STA 219 on the 300 Line are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  In addition, it is essential that delivery point operators schedule gas at meters commensurate with takes within the affected areas.

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

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.

 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Line 16 Unplanned Pipeline Outage — UPDATE 3

The previously posted unplanned outage on Line 16 between Santa Fe Compressor Station (Santa Fe) and CENEGAS Mexico (EOL) has been further delayed. Texas Eastern Transmission (TE) currently anticipates Line 16 will return to service between Sunday December 9 and start of Gas Day Tuesday December 11, 2018.

As a reminder due to this unplanned outage the following meters will continue to be unavailable for flow:

71142 – VERNON FAULKNER-SAN SALVADOR FIELD – HIDALGO CO., TX (REC)
72222 – DEWBRE PETROLEUM-VALDERAS #1 / HIDALGO COUNTY, TX (REC)
72377 – SENECA RESOURCES – #1 GARZA, HIDALGO CO., TX
72716 – ENTERPRISE TEXAS PIPELINE LLC HILDALGO COUNTY, TX (REC)
72744 – RIO GRANDE ROYALTY CO., INC. – RIO GRANDE #1/HIDALGO CO., T
73113 – ENTERPRISE TEXAS PIPELINE LLC – HIDALGO COUNTY, TX
73180 – BLUESTONE – HIDALGO CO., TX
73345 – DEFS/SANTA FE RANCH GATHERING – KLEBERG CO., TX (REC)
73362 – SUEMAUR E&P-PEDRAZA #1 – HIDALGO CO., TX (REC)
73385 – SUEMAUR E & P – GOLDSBERRY GATHERING / HIDALGO CO., TX (REC
73414 – HESCO – DENALI GATHERING / HIDALGO CO., TX (REC)
73425 – WILLIAMS PIPELINE/LACY CROSSOVER – HIDALGO CO., TX (REC)
75258 – MAGIC VALLEY PL-CALPINE-POWER PROJECT(D73258/R73259)
75333 – CENAGAS – REYNOSA, MX (D70333/R76333)

TE will post updates to the status of this unplanned outage as soon as it is known.

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In other energy news…

Williams today announced the sale of certain pipeline systems located in the Gulf Coast area to Easton Energy LLC for $177 million in cash.  The sale closed on Nov. 30, 2018.

The 31-mile Texas Belle Pipeline, which transports natural gas liquids from Mont Belvieu to customers along the Houston Ship Channel, is included in this transaction as are the Purity Pipeline System, certain assets in the Live Oak Pipeline System and additional idle pipelines located along the Gulf Coast.

“We continue to assess and execute on opportunities to optimize our portfolio,” said Williams Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategic Development, Chad Zamarin. “We’re pleased to be able to leverage these assets, which were not core to our business strategy, into a source for growth capital and a driver for improved credit metrics.”

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With much of the southern half of the nation expecting heavy rain or snow and ice this weekend, the updated National Weather Service temperature map for the week ending December 16 shows a much-needed warm-up for the eastern half of the United States.  The Rockies will see the brunt of the cold weather during the same period.

 

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