Monday, May 6, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com! The battle for control of Anadarko Petroleum has taken another step as one of the suitors has sweetened the pot on Sunday! 

Meanwhile, a variety of springtime temperatures (some cool and others quite warm) have continued to depress the natural gas prices again as we start the week.    

We’ll check the latest interstate pipeline company critical notices plus an update on latest energy news and temperature forecasts into the middle of May, too.

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At the NYMEX, the June 2019 contract closed at about $2.53/MMBtu, down 4¢ from Friday. The price of the 12-month strip averaging June 2019 through May 2020 futures contracts has dropped 6¢ over the past week to about $2.67/MMBtu on Monday.

From the US Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” publication, net injections to working gas in storage totaled 123 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending April 26. Volumes in storage are currently 1.462 Tcf, which is 18% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 1¢, averaging $6.11/MMBtu for the week ending May 1. The price of isobutane, natural gasoline, and butane fell by 1%, 2%, and 3% respectively. The price of propane rose by 2%. The price of ethane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, April 23, the natural gas rig count decreased by 1 to 186. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 20 to 805. The total rig count decreased by 21, and it now stands at 991.

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On Sunday, Occidental Petroleum Corporation delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation setting forth the terms of a revised and significantly enhanced superior proposal to acquire Anadarko for $76.00 per share comprised of $59.00 in cash and 0.2934 shares of Occidental common stock per share of Anadarko common stock.

The revised proposal, which has been unanimously approved by the Occidental Board of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 23.3% to the $61.62 per share value of Chevron’s pending offer as of market close on May 3, 2019.

On April 29, 2019, Anadarko announced its Board of Directors had determined that Occidental’s prior proposal, made on April 24, could reasonably be expected to result in a “Superior Proposal”, and the two companies have engaged since that determination.

Occidental’s President and CEO, Vicki Hollub, said, “We firmly believe that Occidental is uniquely positioned to drive significant value and growth from Anadarko’s highly complementary asset portfolio. This combination will create a global energy leader with the scale and geographic diversification to drive compelling returns to the shareholders of both companies,” she added.

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Williams reported Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project will provide 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas supply to National Grid – the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States. National Grid is converting about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in New York City and Long Island. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project is critical to make these conversions possible, as well as keep up with new development in the area.

“Natural gas is a critical component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs and to help meet its aggressive clean air goals,” said Williams Chief Operating Officer Micheal Dunn. “We appreciate the Commission’s thorough review of this important infrastructure enhancement project, which will help ultimately advance New York City toward meeting the statewide carbon emissions goals outlined in the New York State Energy Plan.”

Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Northeast Supply Enhancement project facilities in the fall of 2019.

Transco is a major provider of cost-effective natural gas services that reach U.S. markets in 12 Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Additional information about the Northeast Supply Enhancement project can be found at www.northeastsupplyenhancement.com.

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Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signed the Department of Energy’s authorization allowing Sempra Energy‘s Port Arthur LNG to export approximately 13.5 million tonnes per annum of U.S.-produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S. during the first U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Energy Forum in Brussels, Belgium.

“I am pleased to announce the order signed authorizing Port Arthur LNG to export up to 1.91 billion cubic feet per day of LNG, to any country that does not have an FTA with the United States,” said Perry. “The United States is in its third consecutive year as a net exporter of natural gas, now exporting domestic LNG to 35 countries. I applaud the American private sector for continuing to reach new milestones and look forward to continued growth in this sector.”

The Port Arthur LNG export project in development in Jefferson County, Texas is expected to include two liquefaction trains, up to three LNG storage tanks and associated facilities.  

Port Arthur LNG is expected to create approximately 3,500 on-site engineering and construction jobs, as well as several hundred jobs in Texas in support of the project, including fabrication and operational jobs. Nearly 200 full-time jobs will be created to operate and maintain Port Arthur LNG facility.

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Now, let’s review the latest critical postings from the electronic bulletin boards of the interstate natural gas pipeline companies:

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

The revised injection capacity at Clay Basin Storage is now 300 Mdth/d plus 25 Mdth/d Park and Loan for a total of 325 Mdth/d.  Storage withdrawal capacity will be 175 Mdth/d.

Enable Gas Transmission:

Effective Tuesday, May 7, 2019, EGT will begin planned maintenance at EGT’s Round Mountain Compressor Station, located in Conway County, Arkansas and in EGT’s North Pooling Area, with an anticipated completion date of May 10, 2019.         

During this period delivery locations East of EGT s Round Mountain Compressor Station should nominate from their MRO locations.  The availability of non-ratable services including EFT will be limited.  Shippers with EFT services should continue to submit their proposed non-ratable burn schedules in line with the normal scheduling process. Such schedules will be approved and scheduled daily, based on EGT s operating conditions for that day.

Delivery meters located East of EGT s Dunn Compressor Station will be limited to primary firm nominations only.

Also on Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT s Tariff to notify its Shippers of upcoming pigging activity on EGT’s Line S system.  Pigging activity will begin May 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., with an anticipated completion date of May 18, 2019.

During this time nominations to delivery meters located in EGT’s South Pooling Area could be impacted.  EGT anticipates impacts to IT Services and possible impacts to Firm Services.

Kern River Gas Transmission:

The force majeure and associated pipe repair at Kern River’s Fillmore compressor station continues. Kern River requires that all customers match their scheduled nominations with physical receipts and deliveries to maintain system integrity.

Kern River does not currently have an estimated return to service date for the entire compressor station facility; however, beginning gas day May 6, 2019 Intraday 1 cycle the operating capacity at the Fillmore compressor station will be increased from 1,995,000 Dth to 2,308,000 Dth.  Kern River will provide updates as new information becomes available.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL)

STORAGE – Changes/Restrictions

Injections  – Effective for gas day Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Timely Cycle and continuing until further notice, injections above MDQ for DSS and NSS in all zones on the Gulf Coast System will not be scheduled.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Texas Gas will be preforming maintenance at the Youngsville/Henry Hub meter (#2790) beginning May 7 through June 1, 2019. Deliveries to the meter will be unavailable for the duration of the maintenance.  If you have any questions, please contact your customer service representative.

Transwestern Pipeline:

East Mainline Receipts – Capacity reduction

May 7th thru May 11th, 2019 (5 Days) – Total capacity for East Mainline receipt volumes (West flow) will be reduced from 750,000 MMBtu/d to approximately 550,000 MMBtu/d. Perform verification digs to confirm pipe anomalies that were detected from an ILI Smart Tool run in the Section 9 – Mainline system from Roswell, NM to Station 8 (Corona, NM). 

This maintenance could affect receipt volumes from the West Texas & Panhandle Laterals flowing through the East Mainline system.

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature outlook continues to show that Pacific Northwest and parts of the Southeastern US should see warmer than seasonal temperatures through May 16.  In between, normal to cooler than average weather patterns should dominate most regions from West Texas into New England. 

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 39 – February 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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In other energy news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Shippers are advised that due to forecasted colder temperatures, lowered storage levels, and increased market demands beginning Saturday, February 16, 2019, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) may issue Transport Critical Days for deliveries to all Operating Areas and Storage Critical Days for withdrawals (MDWQ overruns) for all Operating Areas.  TCO will post the Critical Day notices, if warranted, on Friday, February 15, 2019.   

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

TRANSPORT CRITICAL DAY:  If a Transport Critical Day is called for Saturday, February 16, 2019 until further notice, the following daily Transport Critical Day penalty will apply:

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

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

STORAGE CRITICAL DAY:  If a Storage Critical day is called for Saturday, February 16, 2019 until further notice, all firm storage services will be fully available.  Interruptible storage withdrawals (SIT and ISS), excess FSS withdrawals, and PAL loans and unparks will not be available if delivered in the impacted operating areas.  

 Applicable Penalties: 

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

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

002424 GREENSBURG CITY GATE

002432 KENTWOOD CITY GATE

002549 MONTPELIER & PINE GROVE CITY GATE

002559 TANGIPAHOA CITY GATE

002583 KENTWOOD BRICK & TILE PLANT

002690 HOLMESVILLE (TO TRANSCO)

013087 TRANSFER @ MONTPELIER / ST HELENA

013456 TRANSFER @ HOLMESVILLE (TRANSCO)

022114 WALTHALL (TO TRANSCO)

022182 MONTPELIER/ST HELENA (TO FGT)

022573 TRANSFER @ WALTHALL (TO TRANSCO)

Kern River Gas Transmission:

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

Kinder Morgan – All Pipelines – DART Business and Training:

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

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

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

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

Midwestern Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

Participant Passcode: 125665

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential for maximum utilization of northbound firm Main Line capacity causing a potential supply deficiency in the Market Zone, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 and continuing until further notice.

 During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 50% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Friday, February 15, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest is revising its current Overrun Entitlement as follows:

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

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

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

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

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

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

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

These conditions are expected to remain in effect through Wednesday, February 20, 2018.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

Due to a forecast of colder weather and higher demand moving back into the northeast, for the Gas Day of Sunday, February 17, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee is issuing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all areas east of STA 254 on the 200 Line only for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.  

All delivery point operators east of STA 254 on the 200 Line only are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators east of STA 254 on the 200 only are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  In addition, it is essential that delivery point operators schedule gas at meters commensurate with takes within the affected areas.  All LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA and LMS-PL Balancing Parties are required to maintain an actual daily flow rate not exceeding 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dths, whichever is greater for under-deliveries into the system and over-takes from the system. Customers will be assessed a rate of $5.00 plus the applicable Regional Daily Spot Price per dekatherm for that portion of physical quantities related to under-deliveries by receipt point operators and over-takes by delivery point operators which exceed this tolerance. 

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

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

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

Edition 37 – Thursday, February 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of AGT’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, February 8, 2019, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

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

***During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that exceeds the greater of 2,000 Dth or 102% of scheduled delivery quantities. The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

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

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Shippers

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Shippers are advised that due to forecasted colder temperatures, storage levels, and increased market demands beginning Saturday, February 9, 2019, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) may issue Transport Critical Days for deliveries to all Operating Areas and Storage Critical Days for withdrawals (MDWQ overruns) for all Operating Areas.  TCO will post the Critical Day notices, if warranted, on Friday, February 8, 2019.   

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

TRANSPORT CRITICAL DAY:  If a Transport Critical Day is called for Saturday, February 9, 2019 until further notice, the following daily Transport Critical Day penalty will apply:

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

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

STORAGE CRITICAL DAY:  If a Storage Critical day is called for Saturday, February 9, 2019 until further notice, all firm storage services will be fully available.  Interruptible storage withdrawals (SIT and ISS), excess FSS withdrawals, and PAL loans and unparks will not be available if delivered in the impacted operating areas.  

Applicable Penalties: 

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

With significantly colder temperatures being forecast beginning Wednesday, February 6, 2019 through Friday, February 8, 2019, CIG is anticipating an increase in demand on its system which will limit its ability to manage imbalances associated with supply shortfalls. Therefore, when necessary to minimize imbalances and protect system integrity, underperformance caps may be placed on nonperforming receipt points effective until further notice.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

40209 Columbia of Pennsylvania (Pleasant Gap)

21305 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (East Coast)

40201 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (PL-1)

40202 Texas Eastern Steckman Ridge

40224 Baltimore Gas and Electric

22000 Washington Gas and Electric

23500 Dominion Cove Point Loudoun

40704 Transco Nokesville

40303 Virginia Natural Gas

22400 Doswell

22500 City of Richmond

22600 VA Electric & Power

22700 Columbia of Virginia

22800 VEPCO (Lady Smith)

22900 Genon Mid-Atlantic (Dickerson)

30016 Panda Stonewall

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, ETNG is issuing a Balancing Alert Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 14.7 of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, February 8, 2019 for all meters east of the Boyds Creek Compressor Station.

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

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest:

GTN OFO Watch (Posted 2/6/19)

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

The OFO watch is in effect through gas day February 15th, in order to allow for GTN pipeline system to regain its operational integrity. GTN has limited flexibility to manage imbalances and strongly encourages all shippers manage their system requirements to ensure the matching of receipts and deliveries daily.

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

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

Kern River Transmission:

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

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential for maximum utilization of northbound firm Main Line capacity causing a potential supply deficiency in the Market Zone, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 and continuing until further notice.

 During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Border Pipeline:

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

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

The OFO watch is in effect through gas day February 16th, in order to allow for the Northern Border pipeline system to regain its operational integrity. Northern Border has limited flexibility to manage imbalances and strongly encourages all shippers manage their system requirements to ensure the matching of receipts and deliveries daily.

Absent voluntary imbalance management by shippers to ensure daily balancing, Northern Border may be required to take further action, including the immediate issuance of an imbalance Operational Flow Order. If further action is required, it may be necessary for that action to become effective immediately, with no additional prior notice available. This posting will be updated as more information becomes available

Northern Natural Gas:

Operational Alert – A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 0% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Friday February 8, 2019 due to lower than normal system weighted temperatures.

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

PG&E – California Gas Transmission:

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

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

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

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

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

These conditions are expected to remain in effect through Saturday, February 9, 2018.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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Edition 36 – Monday, February 4, 2019

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  On Saturday’s Groundhog Day, Punxatawny Phil prognosticated only six more weeks of winter. 

Will Phil be correct this year?

The bitterly cold weather for the Midwest and East Coast has taken a temporary break (for now).  With it, many interstate natural gas pipeline companies have relaxed operational restrictions which were commonplace last week.

We will also update you on the latest publicly-released energy news and the temperature forecast for the next ten days in this edition of GasNewsOnline.com!

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From last week’s US Energy Information AdministrationNatural Gas Weekly Update”:

At the NY Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the February 2019 contract expired last Tuesday at $2.950/MMBtu.   The March, 2019 contract was down about seven cents on Monday to about $2.67/MMBtu.  The price of the 12-month gas futures strip from March, 2019 through February, 2010 is approximately $2.90/MMBtu.

Net natural gas withdrawals from storage totaled 173 Bcf for the week ending January 25. Working natural gas stocks are 2.197 Tcf, which is 13% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for the same week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 16¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.67/MMBtu for the week ending January 30. The price of propane fell by 2%. The price of natural gasoline, ethane, butane, and isobutane rose by 1%, 8%, 4%, and 5%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, January 22, the natural gas rig count decreased by 1 to 197. The number of oil-directed rigs rose by 10 to 862. The total rig count increased by 9, and it now stands at 1,059.

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Dominion Energy has provided cost and schedule updates on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.  The company currently expects that construction (which is currently delayed for a portion of the route) could recommence during the third quarter of 2019 with partial in-service now expected in late 2020 and full in-service in early 2021.  Based on that schedule, the company now expects the project cost to be between $7.0 and $7.5 billion, excluding financing costs.  Similarly, the company currently expects the Supply Header project to enter commercial service in late 2020 at a project cost of $650 to $700 million.

Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: “We remain highly confident in the successful and timely resolution of all outstanding permit issues as well as the ultimate completion of the entire project.  We are actively pursuing multiple paths to resolve all outstanding permit issues including judicial, legislative, and administrative avenues.  We will continue to accrue AFUDC equity earnings and expect ACP to contribute to our operating earnings in 2019, 2020 and for decades to come.”

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On Friday, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Vectren Corporation announced the successful completion of their merger. The combined company, which is named CenterPoint Energy and headquartered in Houston, has regulated electric and natural gas utility businesses in eight states that serve more than 7 million metered customers and a competitive energy businesses’ footprint in nearly 40 states.

With the merger, CenterPoint Energy has assets totaling approximately $29 billion, an enterprise value of $27 billion and approximately 14,000 employees. CenterPoint Energy’s businesses include:

CenterPoint Energy will continue to trade under the ticker symbol “CNP” on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Chicago Stock Exchange.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was announced on April 23, 2018, Vectren shareholders will receive $72.00, along with a prorated dividend of $0.41145, in cash for each share of Vectren common stock owned as of the close of business on Feb. 1, 2019. Additionally, Vectren common stock, which previously traded under the ticker symbol “VVC,” has ceased trading on and was delisted from the NYSE effective today.

“I look forward to watching the newly combined company thrive in this evolving industry,” said Carl Chapman, outgoing Vectren chairman, president and chief executive officer. “CenterPoint Energy was the right partner for Vectren and I am confident this merger will have a positive impact on all stakeholders. I sincerely thank the employees and shareholders who have been part of the Vectren journey.”

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On Friday, Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced that it has completed its acquisition of WildHorse Resource Development Corporation. The merger was previously approved by Chesapeake shareholders and WildHorse stockholders at special meetings held on January 31, 2019.

At the election of each WildHorse common stockholder, the consideration consisted of either 5.989 shares of Chesapeake common stock (the “share consideration”) or a combination of 5.336 shares of Chesapeake common stock and $3.00 in cash (the “mixed consideration”), in exchange for each share of WildHorse common stock. 

As a result of the merger, WildHorse common stock will no longer be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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With most interstate pipelines removing cold weather-related operational flow order notices over the weekend, Monday’s review of the interstate gas pipeline bulletin boards promises a calmer week ahead:

ANR Pipeline:

Update: ANR continues the unplanned compressor maintenance at its Mooreland Compressor Station located in Woodward County, Oklahoma, in the Southwest Area (Zone 4). During the period of Feb 1- 9, ANR Shippers can expect higher than normal pressures in the pipeline segment upstream of the Mooreland Compressor Station.

Since the last posting, ANR has made the following changes. The outage was extended from Feb 5 to Feb 9. This posting will be updated as more information becomes available.

Also on ANR:

Due to compressor repairs at the Eunice Compressor Station located in the Southeast Area Segment (Zone 1), ANR will limit the Eunice Eastbound (LOC #226641) capacity to the following.

Eunice Eastbound capacity restriction (LOC #226641):

By 40-MMcf/d (leaving 548-MMcf/d available) 2/1 – 3/31

ANR has made the following changes since the last posting. Updated the operationally available capacity from 400-MMcf/d to 548-MMcf/d. There is no further capacity impact required for the Patterson Compressor Station planned maintenance. The RIVERWAY(TO BRIDGELINE) (LOC #42593) 100-MMcf/d limitation has been lifted. The ST. MARTINVILLE TO LRC (Loc #218192) and WEEKS ISLAND (LOC #233620) firm primary only restrictions have been lifted.

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

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Subject: TL-400 Restrictions Lifted Effective ID1

Due to warmer weather forecast, effective ID1 of Gas Day, Monday, February 04, 2019, DETI will accept Secondary and IT transport for deliveries west of Gilmore Compressor Station (Ohio). 

Kern River Transmission:

Colder weather and higher demand are forecasted in Kern River’s market areas through Friday, February 8, 2019. Therefore, Kern River requires all shippers and receipt and delivery point operators align their daily scheduled nominations with physical receipts and deliveries to ensure Kern River’s line pack is maintained at current operating levels.

Customers should visit Kern River’s Daily Operational Report (DOR) at http://services.kernrivergas.com to monitor system conditions and other important information.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENTS 33/36 – MARKET AREA –OPERATIONAL CAPACITY AVAILABLE 

Effective for gas day Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural has operational capacity available for gas delivered into the Market Area on Segment 33, downstream of Compressor Station 113, and on Segment 36, downstream of Compressor Station 201.  AOR/ITS, Secondary in-path and Secondary out-of-path transport services are available for deliveries to Segment 33 and Segment 36.

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The National Weather Service temperature forecast for the next week to ten days shows that the Northwest, Rockies, and Upper Great Lakes are expected to see below average temperatures while the above-normal temperatures may linger across the South and Mid-Atlantic regions through the middle of February.  The Northeast and New England are expected to return to normal temperatures for this time of year.

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Edition 32 – Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Welcome to this Tuesday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  After the MLK holiday, the National Weather Service is now advising that the colder weather pattern is now expected to continue right into early February.

We’ll give you the latest temperature update, a look at the gas pipeline companies’ critical notices, and take a look at the latest energy news of the day.  It is all for FREE from GasNewsOnline.com.

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From the US Energy Information Administration, let’s review some of the highlights of last week’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” publication.

Natural gas spot prices rose at most locations last week.  For example, Henry Hub spot prices in Louisiana rose from $2.91 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) the prior week to over $3.60 MMBtu late last week.  .

At the NYMEX, the price of the February 2019 natural gas futures contract also increased last week, but it was trending backward in Tuesday’s trading.  After rising about fifty cents to over $3.50 last week, Tuesday’s NYMEX price was dropping back to about $3.05 MMBtu near today’s close.   

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 81 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 11. Working natural gas stocks are still 11% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for the same week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 26¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.46/MMBtu for the week ending January 16. The price of natural gasoline, ethane, propane, butane, and isobutane all rose, by 5%, 1%, 7%, 3%, and 1%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, January 8, the natural gas rig count increased by 4 to 202. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 4 to 873. The total rig count remains unchanged at 1,075.

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Earlier today, BlueMountain Capital Management has delivered a second open letter today to the Board of Directors of PG&E Corporation. 

As you may recall, PG&E announced that it plans to file for bankruptcy protection prior to the end of January. 

In response, the investment firm, which reportedly owns several million shares of the California utility company’s stock, said that PG&E’s plan to file bankruptcy before the end of January is unnecessary and should be postponed at least until the next Annual Meeting of the company’s shareholders. 

Today’s letter concludes, “If the Board is unwilling to slow down, consult with stakeholders, and make a more deliberate decision, then the Company and its stakeholders deserve a different Board.”

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Let’s examine some of the latest critical notices from the interstate gas pipeline companies’ Electronic Bulletin Boards:

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers:

Effective gas day Thursday 1/24/2019 for the Timely cycle and until further notice, in order to preserve system integrity and to ensure ANR is able to meet scheduled delivery commitments to all Market Area locations; 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. In addition, no incremental interruptible and overrun services including ANR’s hourly ITS-3 service will be scheduled in the Market Area (ML7) until further notice. Any currently scheduled ITS-3 nominations must flow at their nominated approved flow profile.

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.

Kern River Gas Transmission:

Colder weather and higher demand are forecasted in Kern River’s market areas throughout Wednesday, January 23rd. Therefore, Kern River requires all shippers and receipt and delivery point operators align their daily scheduled nominations with physical receipts and deliveries to ensure Kern River’s line pack is maintained at current operating levels.

Customers should visit Kern River’s Daily Operational Report (DOR) at http://services.kernrivergas.com to monitor system conditions and other important information.

Mojave Pipeline Company:

Force Majeure – Mojave – Topock Station – Unit 2

Mojave Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (Mojave) has experienced an equipment failure associated with its Topock Compressor Station, and as such Unit 2 is currently unavailable. Accordingly, the operational capacity through the Segment 3000 constraint will be reduced from 463,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day to 346,000 Dth/day effective on January 19, 2019, Timely Cycle (Cycle 1) and remain in effect until further notice. 

Mojave will provide updates as more information becomes available. 

This incident constitutes an event of force majeure under Section 11.5 of the General Terms and Conditions of Mojave’s FERC Gas Tariff.

Nexus Gas Transmission:

Hanoverton Compressor Station Outage: January 23 – 28, 2019
Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS) will be conducting an outage at its Hanoverton Compressor Station. During this outage, capacity through Hanoverton will be reduced to approximately 900,000 Dth/d.

Based on recent nominations patterns, NEXUS does not anticipate restrictions associated with this outage; however depending on nominated quantities, restrictions may be required.

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 23, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

SOCAL Gas:

Due to cold weather conditions and high customer demand for natural gas, a system‐wide voluntary curtailment of electric generation demand was issued today at approximately 5:00 PM PCT and is effective for gas day January 22, 2019 through gas day January 23, 2019.

Note that a gas day is from 7:00 AM to 7:00 AM. SoCalGas has issued the system‐wide voluntary curtailment order of electric generation demand in accordance with the Aliso Canyon Withdrawal Protocol. The curtailment is a voluntary request coordinated through the Balancing Authorities (CAISO and LADWP) for them to limit and/or reduce electric generation demand on our system, to the extent it does not impact electric system integrity.

If needed, the Aliso Canyon Storage field may be used to meet the current demand as well as maintain inventory levels at the other storage fields for core reliability.

In addition, with the current forecasted weather, SoCalGas is asking customers to conserve natural gas where possible. 

Southern Natural Gas:

The Type 3 Level 2 OFO that was implemented effective January 20, 2019 will be partially lifted for certain groups on the North and South systems effective gas day, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 until further notice.  Please refer to SNG’s EBB dated January 22, 2019 for more information.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Winter Weather Watch – Effective Thursday, January 24, 2019

With colder weather forecast across the Southern Star system, Southern Star is issuing a winter weather watch beginning Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM CST. Southern Star requests that shippers adhere to the following criteria:

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

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

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

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

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

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

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

These conditions are expected to remain in effect through Sunday, January 27, 2018.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 LIFTED FOR ALL OF ZONES 2,3,4 AND PART OF ZONE 5 EFFECTIVE 1-22-19

Effective for today’s Gas Day of Tuesday, January 22, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C. (“Tennessee”) is LIFTING the existing OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all Zones 2, 3, 4 and part of Zone 5 due to milder temperatures moving into those areas.  THE OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS EAST OF STA 245 IN ZONE 5 ON THE 200 LINE AND FOR ALL OF ZONE 6 ON BOTH THE 300 (EAST OF MLV 336) AND 200 LINES 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 Station 245 in Zone 5 on the 200 Line and for all of Zone 6 on both the 300 (east of MLV 336) and 200 lines are still 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 Station 245 in Zone 5 on the 200 Line and for all of Zone 6 on both the 300 (east of MLV 336) and 200 lines are still 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:

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 30″ system south of the Berne Compressor Station (Berne) in Berne, Ohio which occurred on January 21, 2019. While efforts to restore this line 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 Corporation:

The Operational Flow Order – Imbalance (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4, 5, & 6 will be terminated effective January 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM CST. 

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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The continuation of cold weather across the Upper Midwest to the East Coast is expected to linger into early February according to the 8-14 day temperature outlook from the National Weather Service.  The Southern states should also see temperatures at or a little below normal, while the Rockies and West Coast may continue to have warmer than seasonal weather conditions for early February. 

That wraps up this special Tuesday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  Please look for our next update on Thursday in front of the coming weekend.  Remember that our audio podcast is available to you for FREE via iTunes as well!

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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Edition 20 – Monday, December 3, 2018

Winter has made an impressive early entrance in 2018 with the forecast showing the cold weather has made plans to stick around for awhile.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!   We’re keeping an eye on the latest happenings in the natural gas business (with our hands on a warm beverage) so that you will be up-to-date – for FREE!

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There are several critical notices being posted by the interstate gas pipeline companies for this week due to the cold weather.  Let’s jump right in…

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Subject:  PL-1 Restrictions South of Leesburg Effective December 4, 2018

Due to the forecasted weather and requirements on the PL-1 system, effective start of gas day Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and continuing until further notice, DETI will not accept any IT or Non PL-1 firm transportation south of Leesburg Compressor Station in northern Virginia. This will include the following meters:

Location Name Location

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

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 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.

 

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Force Majeure Declaration — LIFTED

As posted on November 28, 2018, East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) experienced an unplanned outage at its Boyds Creek Compressor Station (Boyds Creek) in Boyds Creek, Tennessee. Effective immediately, Boyds Creek has returned to normal operation on December 1st.  As a result of the Boyds Creek return to service, all restrictions related with this Force Majeure have been lifted.

 

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT will be performing maintenance on pipe near the FGT/Tennessee Carnes Interconnect (POI 10258). This maintenance is scheduled to begin 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.

 

Gulf South Pipeline Company: 

Subject:  Vixen Compressor Station Maintenance

Effective Date:  December 4, 2018 through December 7, 2018

Expansion Receipts Upstream Vixen Scheduling Group:

Capacity could be impacted by up to 200,000 Dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. Possible scheduling to all services other than Primary Firm may occur.  Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

 

 

Kern River Gas Transmission: 

Subject:  Kern River – Cold Weather and High Demand Forecasted through December 5

Cold weather and high demand are forecasted in Kern River’s market areas through this week. Therefore, Kern River requires all shippers and receipt and delivery point operators align their daily scheduled nominations with physical receipts and deliveries to ensure Kern River’s line pack is maintained at current operating levels.

 

 

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

MAIN LINE 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. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 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.

This SPW will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

FORCE MAJEURE – COMPRESSOR STATION 801

Natural experienced horsepower issues at Compressor Station 801 on its OE #1 Line in Grady County, Oklahoma (CS 801), in Segment 15 of Natural’s Texok A/G Zone, resulting in a need to make emergent repairs.  This is a Force Majeure event that will require Natural to temporarily reduce the maximum operating capacity eastbound through CS 801 during this event.

The scheduling constraint will be at CS 801; therefore, any gas received west of CS 801 for delivery east of CS 801 will be impacted. The Midcontinent Pool (PIN 25078) is located west (upstream) of the constraint.  Additionally, transports associated with storage injections or withdrawals will be impacted.

As such, effective for gas day Sunday, December 02, 2018, Intraday 2 Cycle, and continuing until further notice, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 83% of contract MDQ through CS 801.  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.

Continue to monitor Natural’s interactive website for any updates during this outage.

 

Northwest Pipeline:

Subject:  Entitlement changes and system info

Due to Westcoast’s notice to reduce the T-South flow and the weather forecasted to be below normal, the Stage III (13%) overrun Entitlement north/west of Roosevelt will remain in effect until further notice.

In addition, the following changes will be implemented on Northwest Pipeline to maintain integrity on its system:

-Stage III (13%) overrun Entitlement in the Kemmerer to Roosevelt corridor including the Spokane and Wenatchee laterals.

-Jackson Prairie Loan will be increased to 100,000 Dth

-Jackson Prairie Loan rate will be increased to the maximum Tariff rate

These changes are effective at the beginning of gas day December 4, 2018.

The Entitlement level will be evaluated on a daily basis based on system line pack, storage levels, weather forecasts and upstream pipeline notices.

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

 

Rover Pipeline:

Pipeline Inspections – Majorsville and Sherwood Laterals

Rover will be performing pipeline inspections (pigging) on its Majorsville and Sherwood Laterals beginning Gas Day December 10, 2018, requiring limitations to scheduled quantities as specified below:

December 10 – 70004/Majorsville  – Operational capacity limited to 170 mmcf/d

December 11 – 70004/Majorsville  – Operational capacity limited to 250 mmcf/d

December 13 – 70001/Sherwood  – Operational capacity limited to 430 mmcf/d

December 18 – 70001/Sherwood  – Operational capacity limited to 500 mmcf/d

 

Southern Natural Gas:

Subject:  OFO Type 3 Level 1 South System 12-4-18
Based on the latest weather forecast predicting cooler temperatures moving into the area and the corresponding increase in projected demand on Southern’s system, we are notifying all Shippers that the groups listed below will be subject to an OFO Type 3 Level 1 effective the start of the gas day, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 until further notice.

OFO Type 3 Level 1: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity
TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: December 4, 2018

EFFECTIVE TIME of OFO: 9:00 AM (CCT)

PENALTY: $10.00/Dth

This is to notify all customers who are allocated gas at any delivery point in the segments listed below 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) within the groups listed below exceed 105% of their daily entitlement at such delivery point.

 

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Subject: Update — Winter Weather Advisory — Effective December 04, 2018

The Winter Weather Advisory going into effect December 4, 2018 is being extended through December 7, 2018 based upon the 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.

Southern Star will review the status of its system throughout this period and will provide any changes or updates to this posting as necessary.

 

TallGrass Interstate Gas Transmission:

TIGT  STORAGE  ADVISORY

Based on current storage inventory levels, anticipated deliverability from storage, and current operating conditions, TIGT is hereby notifying shippers that, effective for the Timely Cycle, Gas Day Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, and until further notice, interruptible withdrawal activity at Huntsman locations 994000 and 994500 will not be scheduled.  If you have any questions, please contact your Account Director or Scheduling Representative.

 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

TE M3 Operational Flow Order – Notice Text

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 Tuesday, December 4, 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.

TE will inform customers via EBB when this OFO will be lifted.

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In other energy news on this Monday, December 3rd:

Kinder Morgan announces 2019 financial projections and growth plans

On Monday, Kinder Morgan, Inc. announced its preliminary 2019 financial projections.

“This year has been a very good one for Kinder Morgan and we expect to nicely exceed our budget. In 2019, with our market fundamentals remaining very strong, the Elba Liquefaction Project coming online and Gulf Coast Express entering service, we project continued growth,” said Steve Kean, KMI chief executive officer. “We expect to generate $5.0 billion of distributable cash flow (DCF) which is approximately a 10 percent increase over our 2018 budgeted DCF. Our growth will continue to be supported by an approximately $6.5 billion backlog of high probability energy infrastructure expansion opportunities,” continued Kean.

KMI expects to increase the declared dividend per common share for 2019 to $1.00 per share (annualized), beginning with $0.25 per share for the Q1 2019 dividend (which is paid in Q2 2019).   KMI also continues to expect to increase the dividend to $1.25 per share (annualized) for 2020.

The company plans to invest $3.1 billion in expansion projects and contributions to joint ventures in 2019.  It expects to use internally generated cash flow to fully fund its 2019 dividend payment as well as the vast majority of its 2019 discretionary spending, with no need to access equity markets.

The company also wants to end 2019 with a Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 4.5 times. According to Steve Kean, “We continue to be well positioned for an upgrade to our credit ratings and are on positive outlook at all three rating agencies”.

KMI’s expectations assume average annual prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil and Henry Hub natural gas of $60.00 per barrel and $3.15 per MMBtu, respectively, consistent with forward pricing during the budget process. For more information, please visit www.kindermorgan.com.

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SemGroup and DCP Midstream Announce Open Season for Light Crude Transportation Solution from Cushing to Gulf Coast Markets

SemGroup® Corporation and DCP Midstream, LP have announced the commencement of an open season process to solicit binding commitments for the development of a new pipeline system to transport segregated, light batches of crude oil originating in Cushing, Okla. and terminating in Houston, Texas. All potential shippers must submit binding commitments by 5 p.m. Central Time on January 31, 2019.

The proposed Gladiator Pipeline would originate at SemGroup’s Cushing terminal and provide crude oil service to Gulf Coast markets. The Cushing origin would provide potential shippers the connectivity to source barrels from key pipelines that converge in Cushing, including the White Cliffs Pipeline, which serves Colorado’s DJ Basin.

At the pipeline’s destination, potential shippers would have many options for connecting barrels to a variety of demand centers, including refineries in the Houston area or to crude oil storage and export facilities, such as SemGroup’s HFOTCO Terminal. If sufficient commitments are obtained, subject to the receipt of all of the necessary approvals, permits and force majeure, the proposed Gladiator Pipeline may be operational by the third quarter of 2020, following the potential construction of new NGL capacity by DCP.

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Finally, the colder weather has decided to stick around another week or more, according to the National Weather Service.  The six-to-ten day temperature forecast through the second week of December shows below average temperatures for the eastern half of the country.  A warming trend begins from the Great Plains to the desert Southwest during the period.

 

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Edition 17 – Thursday, November 15, 2018

With snow flying from Houston (OK, a few flakes were seen) to the Midwest, Middle Atlantic, and the Northeast, the gas business was definitely roaring this week!

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We check the gas pipelines’ electronic bulletin boards and other publicly sourced natural gas news to help you stay informed about the business – for FREE!

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Leading off this week’s gas news has been the incredible rise in the natural gas futures price for the upcoming month of December after this week’s vigorous cold snap across much of the country.

According to today’s Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report from the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage was 3,247 Bcf as of Friday, November 9, 2018.

Natural gas stocks were 528 Bcf less than last year at this time and 15.6% below the five-year average.

The December NYMEX natural gas futures price, which has zoomed around $1.50/MMBtu over  the past week, melted down by nearly 80 cents on Thursday.  December’s Henry Hub price still resides around a very healthy $4.00/MMBtu going into next month.

In other energy news today…

TransCanada Corporation today announced the Eastern Build of WB Xpress (WBX) has been placed into service.  This completes the final phase of a critical natural gas infrastructure project to provide Appalachian producers with access to Mid-Atlantic markets.

The Eastern Build of WBX spans various counties in West Virginia and Virginia and is designed to move approximately 0.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf/d) of natural gas per day.  The build also included construction of the Chantilly Compressor station in Chantilly, Virginia, along with associated pipeline and facilities.

Last month, the WB Xpress Western Build  was placed into service.  The project includes two new compressor stations, 30 miles of pipeline looping and modifications to seven existing compressor stations, allowing an additional 1.3 Bcf/d of natural gas to flow.

 

Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Kern River Gas Transmission‘s settlement with customers for a rate credit to provide customers the benefit of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Kern River’s rate credit represents an 11% reduction to its maximum rates, equivalent to an annual cost reduction of $12.8 million for its customers.  Three other rate filings related to tax reform were approved by FERC the same day, and Kern River’s rate credit represents over 90% of the total rate reductions approved through the FERC Form 501-G process to date.

The effective date of the rate credit will be November 15, 2018, the earliest effective date of any rate reduction implemented through the FERC Form 501-G process.

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With a week of cold weather gripping much of the country, the natural gas pipeline electronic bulletin boards were heating up, too.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

PL-1 Restrictions South of Leesburg – Eff. November 15, 2018 – REV#1

Due to the forecasted weather, facility outages (Notice ID 209342), and requirements on the PL-1 system, effective start of gas day Thursday, November 15, 2018 and continuing until further notice, DETI will not accept any IT or Non PL-1 firm transportation south of Leesburg Compressor Station (northern Virginia). This will include the following meters:

Location Name Location

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

*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-Loudon (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.

 

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT will be performing maintenance on the FGT East White Lake Lateral upstream of FGT Compressor Station 75. This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 26, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 30, 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.

 

Gulf South Pipeline:

Airport Compressor Station MaintenanceNovember 27 – December 1, 2018

Mobile Bay Delivery Scheduling Group.  Capacity could be impacted by as much as 50,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. Gulf South will be working with point operators to reduce impact.

Hall Summit Compressor Station Maintenance:  November 27 – December 17, 2018

Hall Summit/East Texas/Koran Area & Station Scheduling Group.  Capacity could be impacted by as much as 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

 

MidContinent Express Pipeline:

MEP anticipates that the Reimbursement Percentages for fuel Gas, Unaccounted for Gas (UAF), and the Booster Compression Fuel will change effective December 1, 2018, for all transportation contracts assuming FERC approval of its pending filing made on October 18, 2018.

This filing establishes the fuel Gas Reimbursement Percentages for Zone 1 and Zone 2 of MEP’s system, the UAF Gas Reimbursement Percentages for its entire system, and the incremental Booster Compression Fuel Reimbursement Percentage.

https://pipeline2.kindermorgan.com/Documents/MEP/MEP_Fuel_Matrix_1218-20181115133255.pdf

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 6 – OE #2 M/L (CS 154) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPDATE #4

The project completion date has been changed, as noted below.  This notice was last posted on November 8, 2018, entitled “SEGMENT 6 – OE #2 M/L (CS 154) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPDATE #3”.

On gas day Saturday, September 15, 2018, and continuing through gas day Tuesday, November 20, 2018, (previously Sunday, November 18, 2018), Natural will be performing pipeline maintenance to install pigging facilities on the OE #2 line at Compressor Station 156, located in Gray County, Texas (Segment 6 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports may not be available during this work.  Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Additionally, effective for gas day Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and continuing through gas day Tuesday, November 20, 2018, (previously Sunday, November 18, 2018), the following location will no longer be available for scheduling until this work has been completed.  No transport services are available.

LOC 905570    ONEOKWES CARSON

 

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the current colder weather forecast on Southern’s system, we are notifying all Shippers that the groups listed below will be subject to an OFO Type 3 Level 1 effective the start of the gas day, Thursday, November 15, 2018 until further notice.

OFO Type 3 Level 1: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity
TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 15, 2018
EFFECTIVE TIME of OFO: 9:00 AM (CCT)
PENALTY: $10.00/Dth

The OFO Groups and affected segments are shown in the following notices for the North and South Systems:

https://pipeline2.kindermorgan.com/Notices/NoticeDetail.aspx?code=SNG&notc_nbr=702744

https://pipeline2.kindermorgan.com/Notices/NoticeDetail.aspx?code=SNG&notc_nbr=702745

 

 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 EXPANDED TO INCLUDE DOWNSTREAM OF STA 325 EFFECTIVE 11-15-18

Due to forecasted colder temperatures moving into all areas of the Northeast with associated higher demand, for the Gas Day of Thursday, November 15, 2018, Tennessee is expanding the existing OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for downstream of STA 245 on the 200 Line to also include all areas downstream 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 downstream of STA 245 on the 200 Line and downstream 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 downstream of STA 245 on the 200 and downstream 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.

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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In weather news, the tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean (discussed in our last edition on Monday) has dissipated.  There are no tropical systems expected to affect the United States over the Thanksgiving week.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, the National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast hints that the early snowfall in the Middle Atlantic and New England areas may hang around for the next week as more cold air will cover the region through the holiday weekend.  The western US continues to enjoy warmer than seasonal temperatures through Turkey Day.

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