Edition 15 – Thursday, November 8, 2018

Winter is sneaking up on us quickly with some parts of the US expected to receive their first freeze or snowfall of the season over the next several days.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We do the heavy lifting so that you may receive a summary of some of the important publicly-released energy and gas pipeline news of the week along with a forecast of temperatures over the next few weeks, too.  All for FREE!  Let’s get started with a look at this week’s gas storage report.

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The weekly natural gas storage survey released today from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed an additional 65 Bcf of gas injected into storage last week (vs. 58 Bcf predicted by a survey of analysts).  The current volume of gas in storage remains about 16% below the five-year average.

Thursday’s NYMEX natural gas futures price for December closed down one cent to finish Thursday at about $3.54/MMBtu.

From the EIA’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” publication dated today, November 8, 2018:

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 41¢/MMBtu, averaging $7.54/MMBtu for the week ending November 7. The price of natural gasoline, ethane, and propane fell by 10%, 7%, and 4%, respectively. The price of butane and isobutane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, October 30, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 193.

From the EIA’s “Short Term Energy Outlook” dated November 6, 2018:

EIA forecasts that dry natural gas production will average 83.2 Bcf/d in 2018, up 8.5 Bcf/d from 2017.

Both the level and growth of natural gas production in 2018 would establish new records. EIA expects natural gas production will continue to rise in 2019 to an average of 89.6 Bcf/d.

Despite relatively low storage levels, the EIA expects strong growth in U.S. natural gas production to put downward pressure on gas prices in 2019.

EIA predicts Henry Hub (Louisiana) natural gas spot prices to average $2.98/million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2019, down 4 cents from the 2018 average.

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In other energy news today…

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced a transaction to sell substantially all of its remaining midstream assets for $4.015 billion to Western Gas Partners, LP (WES) with $2.0075 billion cash proceeds, and the balance to be paid in new Western Gas equity. Concurrently, WES announced it has entered into a merger agreement with Western Gas Equity Partners, LP which will result in a simplified midstream structure. The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, concurrently with the closing of the merger.

“The size of this asset sale, along with the clear benefits of the simplification transaction, highlights the tremendous value of Anadarko’s midstream business,” said Al Walker, Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO.

Under the terms of the asset sale transaction, WES will acquire substantially all of Anadarko’s remaining midstream assets, which are largely associated with Anadarko’s two premier U.S. onshore oil plays in the Delaware and DJ basins. The acquired assets include DBM Oil Services (100-percent interest), APC Water Holdings (100-percent interest), the Bone Spring Gas Plant (50-percent non-operated interest), and the MiVida Gas Plant (50-percent non-operated interest) in the Delaware Basin of West Texas. In the DJ Basin of northeast Colorado, WES will acquire Anadarko’s 100-percent interest in both the DJ Basin Oil System and the Wattenberg Plant. Additional Anadarko midstream assets to be acquired by WES include equity stakes in the Saddlehorn Pipeline (20-percent non-operated interest), the Panola Pipeline (15-percent non-operated interest), and the Wamsutter Pipeline (100-percent interest).

Under the terms of their merger transaction, WGP will acquire all of the outstanding publicly held common units of WES and substantially all of the WES common units owned by Anadarko in a unit-for-unit, tax-free exchange. WES will survive as a partnership with no publicly traded equity, owned 98 percent by WGP and 2 percent by Anadarko. WES will remain the borrower for all existing debt and future issuances and the owner of all operating assets and equity investments.

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It’s a busy start to the winter season on the natural gas pipeline grid.  Let’s check out the latest critical postings from several gas pipelines’ electronic bulletin boards:

ANR Pipeline:

Southwest Mainline Capacity Reduction (Updated 11/8/18)
This posting supersedes CN ID #8922

ANR continues its planned and unplanned compressor and pipeline maintenance at various compressor stations along its Southwest Mainline in Zones 5 and 6. Additionally, ANR will be performing pipeline maintenance in Zone 6.

The total SWML Northbound (DRN#226630) capacity will be reduced by the following:

120-MMcf/d (leaving 610-MMcf/d available) 11/8 – 11/12
85-MMcf/d (leaving 645-MMcf/d available) 11/13 – 11/19
20-MMcf/d (leaving 710-MMcf/d available) 11/20 – 1122
55-MMcf/d (leaving 675-MMcf/d available) 11/23 – 11/30

Since the last posting, ANR has made the following changes. The 120-MMcf/d impact is extended from 11/10 – 11/12. Future dates adjusted accordingly.

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.

 

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Pursuant to Section 15 of the General Terms and Conditions of Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC’s (TCO) FERC Gas Tariff, TCO is declaring a Force Majeure effective Evening Cycle for Gas Day Thursday, November 8, 2018 until further notice for volumes flowing through the Waynesburg North MA35 (WAYNESNO) Internal Constraint due to discovered pipeline anomalies on Line 1360 south of Ellwood City Compressor Station in Pennsylvania. 

Effective Evening Cycle for Gas Day Thursday, November 8, 2018, WAYNESNO will be set to a Total Capacity of 315,000 Dth.  Based on current scheduled volumes, the potential impact to firm service is 75,000 Dth/day.

 

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT will be performing planned pipeline maintenance between FGT Compressor Station 9 and FGT Compressor Station 10. This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 14, 2018 and to continue through end of gas day November 20, 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.Potential Overage Alert Day

 

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

Notice of Force Majeure (Posted 11/8/18):

This is to notify all contracted parties of Gas Transmission Northwest (“GTN”) that due to unforeseen and uncontrollable repairs at Stations 3 and 5, pursuant to Section 6.10 of GTN’s FERC Gas Tariff, GTN is issuing a Force Majeure event in effect for all natural gas transactions that Flow Past Kingsgate (Loc 3500), located in Boundary County, Idaho.

GTN anticipates that this restriction will result in the inability to deliver a portion of the Firm delivery volumes scheduled at Flow Past Kingsgate (Loc 3500). The Reservation Charge Crediting Mechanism of Section 5.1.3.9 shall apply to this outage.

GTN will reduce the capacity at Flow Past Kingsgate (Loc 3500) to 2,184-MMcf/d.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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 continuing until further notice, 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.

Also – SEGMENT 22 – GULF COAST #2 (CS 302) – INSTALL LAUNCHER & RECEIVER – UPDATE #1

The project end date has been changed, as noted below.  This notice was last posted on October 18, 2018, entitled “NOVEMBER 2018 – SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE PROJECTS”. 

On gas day Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and continuing through gas day Tuesday, November 20, 2018, (previously Thursday, November 8, 2018), Natural will be performing pipeline maintenance to install pigging facilities on the Gulf Coast #2 mainline near Compressor Station 302, located in Montgomery County, Texas (Segment 22 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports may not be available during this work.  Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

 

Northern Border Pipeline:

Northern Border OFO Watch (Posted 11/08/18)

Due to low inventory levels and cumulative operational imbalance issues, Northern Border Pipeline is posting an OFO Watch for the following locations:

Stateline (DRN# 1251297)

Squaw Creek (DRN# 1113226)

Rawson (DRN# 1399965)

Hay Butte (DRN# 1367615)

Watford City (DRN# 109973)

Spring Creek (DRN #1251436)

Kildeer (DRN # 1402285)

Manning (DRN# 378214)

Glen Ullin (DRN# 43726)

The issuance is per Northern Border Tariff Section 6.10.6 Interruption of Service.

The OFO Watch is effective immediately and extends through gas day November 13th, in order to allow the interconnecting parties to remediate the cumulative operational imbalance issue. If an interconnect operator is unable to remediate the issue within the given timeframe, Northern Border will, pursuant to Northern Border Tariff Section 6.10.6 Interruption of Service, issue an OFO requiring curtailment of interruptible services and/or forced balancing of nominations and actual flows at these interconnects.

 

Panhandle Eastern Pipeline:

Based on current cold weather forecasts and ongoing pipeline maintenance, Panhandle is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day November 9, 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.

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 Un-park nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

 

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the current colder weather forecast in addition to the unplanned maintenance on Southern’s South system, we are notifying all Shippers will be subject to an OFO Type 3 Level 1 effective the start of the gas day, Saturday, November 10, 2018 until further notice.

OFO Type 3 Level 1: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity
TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 10, 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 these segments 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.

 

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Subject: System Operating Conditions

Below normal temperatures and associated increased gas demand are currently forecasted for much of Transco’s market area late this week and into next week. 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 on a daily basis.

Specifically, shippers are encouraged not to create “due from” imbalances (short to the pipeline). In addition, shippers that currently have a “due to” (long to the pipeline) imbalance position are encouraged to not under-supply their market requirements in an effort to reduce their “due to” imbalance position.

Absent voluntary compliance, Transco may be required to take further action including, issuing an Imbalance or Scheduling Operational Flow Order (OFO). These OFOs may include Shipper(s) specific and Location(s) specific OFOs directed to parties that have imbalances which has or may, affect the operational integrity of the system.

 

Trunkline Gas Company:

South Texas System Pigging – Beginning Gas Day December 1, 2018, Trunkline Gas Company will undertake pigging operations on its South Texas Modified Transmission System. Expected duration of the run is 11 days.   Operators could experience higher daily line pressures and pressure fluctuations while the pigging operations are in progress.

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Based on all of the pipeline activities above, the temperatures are definitely heading downward quickly.  The updated National Weather Service temperature outlook for the period ending November 18 shows the eastern 2/3 of the country with below average readings, while the Rockies and west coast regions will continue to enjoy warmer-than-normal temperatures.

 

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Edition 14 – Monday, November 5, 2018

With Election Day coming on Tuesday, we are glad you have “elected” to choose GasNewsOnline.com for your FREE compilation of natural gas business information and weather news from public sources to start the new month!

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Let’s take a look at some of the energy companies making news on this Monday, November 5th:

On its electronic bulletin board, Rover Pipeline (an affiliate of Energy Transfer) posted that it has commenced natural gas service on the final laterals needed to complete the Rover Pipeline project.

Effective November 2, the Sherwood Lateral, the Columbia Gas Transmission Lateral and the associated compression and metering facilities located in West Virginia are now in service. The full 713-mile pipeline can transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas.

Rover transports natural gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, for delivery to markets across the U.S., as well as to the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada.

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SandRidge Energy of Oklahoma City announced Monday it has closed two separate transactions.

On November 1, the company sold substantially all of its oil and gas properties, rights and related assets in the Central Basin Platform (“CBP”) region of the Permian Basin, together with 13,125,000 Common Units of the SandRidge Permian Trust (the “Trust”), to an unaffiliated party for net proceeds of $14.5 million. The divestiture of almost 1,500 wells eliminates approximately 32% of the Company’s total asset retirement obligations.

On November 2, SandRidge  acquired certain oil and gas properties, rights and related assets in the Mississippi Lime and NW STACK areas of Oklahoma and Kansas for $25.1 million. The acquired interests in these assets are additive to existing SandRidge ownership positions. The Company operates approximately 80% of the subject wells and holds an existing working interest in most of the remaining wells operated by others.

“Both transactions will have a positive impact on the Company’s operating efficiency,” said Bill Griffin, President and CEO. “The CBP properties accounted for more than 12% of our total operating expenses, while contributing only 4% of the production during the first half of 2018.”

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Sempra Energy said Friday that Cameron LNG has initiated the commissioning process for the support facilities and first liquefaction train of Phase 1 of its Hackberry, La., liquefaction-export project.

“All major construction activities have been completed to begin the commissioning and start-up process to produce LNG from the first liquefaction train,” said Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer of Sempra Energy.

Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project, which includes the first three liquefaction trains, is a $10 billion facility with a projected export capability approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. All three trains are expected to be producing LNG in 2019.

The commissioning process includes testing of all support systems, combustion turbines and compressors, as well as the delivery of feed gas from the transmission pipeline and production of the first LNG. Once all of the steps of the commissioning process are approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and successfully completed for the first liquefaction train, LNG production will start up, and then ramp up to full production for delivery to global markets.

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The natural gas pipeline company electronic bulletin boards are busy with postings to start this week:

Columbia Gas Transmission:

As previously posted in the Construction and Maintenance Schedule in Navigates, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of an outage at Huff Creek Compressor Station in Wyoming County, WV scheduled November 7 through November 8, 2018.  Production at the following meters will be shut in with the exception of nominal quantities to serve local markets.  Nominations at the impacted points will not be scheduled until the station is returned to service.

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

Capacities at the receipt points listed below will be set to Zero Total Capacity during this outage:

833517  CNX – Cline

833682  Isaban A

834416  Kinzer – Beech Creek

CNR11  CHK – Stafford

CNR13  CHK – Briar Mtn

CNR14 CHK – Huff Creek

 

Florida Gas Transmission:

FGT will be performing maintenance at its FGT Sabine Pass/Vinton Interconnect (POI 282 and POI 408). This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 12, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 13, 2018. During this maintenance zero volumes will be available to be scheduled for receipt. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 135,000 MMBtu/day at the FGT Sabine Pass/Vinton Interconnect.

FGT will be performing maintenance on its FGT Compressor Station 75. This maintenance is scheduled to begin on November 12, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day November 16, 2018. During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to 700,000 MMBtu/day through Station 75. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 980,000 MMBtu/day through Station 75.

 

Gulf South Pipeline:

Effective 11/02/18 – 12/02/18:

Enterprise Burns Plant in South Louisiana will be shutdown for the duration of the maintenance.

The plant will not process any gas during this time.

Gulf South will operate in plant by-pass mode for the duration of the outage. As long as Gulf South is able to blend volumes to meet our tariff specifications the locations upstream of the plant will be allowed to remain on line.

If blending is not possible, the following locations will be required to shut in until plant processing resumes. Gulf South Shippers should adjust their nominations accordingly including associated PTR locations:

– SLN 21947 POINT CHEVREUIL SL-18350 #1

– SLN 289 E.I.BLK 32 PLTFM A

– SLN 20841 BELLE ISLE

– SLN 20801 RABBIT ISLAND PRODUCTION

– SLN 23081 BURNS POINT PROCESSING PLANT RESIDUE

 

Gulf Crossing Pipeline:

Mira Compressor Maintenance – 11/12/18 – 11/14/18

Gulf Crossing Receipts – Capacity could be impacted by as much as 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Natural will be performing an ESD test and electrical inspections at Compressor Station 300 (CS 300) located in Victoria County, Texas (Segment 22 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).

The scheduling constraint is at Compressor Station 302 (CS 302), located in Montgomery County, Texas.  Any gas received north of CS 302 or east of CS 302, included storage withdrawals, for delivery into Segment 22 will be impacted.

As such, on gas day Monday, November 12, 2018, and continuing through gas day Thursday, November 15, 2018, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports only southbound into Segment 22.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available.

 

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest is hosting a conference call on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:00 a.m. MST to discuss proposed tariff changes to its OFO provisions in the event Northwest’s shippers are unable to comply with its OFO obligations due to lack of supplies as a result of the Enbridge incident on October 9.

Northwest will provide red-lined tariff sheets early next week for customers review prior to Friday’s call.  The call in number is 1-385-355-3006. The conference code is 5655198.

If you like, you can pre-submit questions and comments via email to Mike Rasmuson (Michael.D.Rasmuson@Williams.com)

 

Southern Natural Gas:

Southeast Supply Header, LLC (SESH) pipeline’s operator notified Southern that it will be conducting maintenance at its Gwinville Compressor Station November 10 – November 11,  2018 that will reduce the available SNG – SESH capacity of 506,841 DTH/d to 395,000 Dth/d.

Points impacted are listed below.

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

 

Southern Star Central Pipeline Company:

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline posted a Force Majeure Update on Line Segment 130, which began Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Work has been completed ahead of schedule.  Effective ID1 Cycle Gas Day November 5, 2018, Southern Star will increase capacity at the Kansas Hugoton Receipt constraint to 343,000 Dth/d.

Southern Star also posted some general guidelines to assist shippers during the upcoming winter season at:

https://csimain.sscgp.com/EBBPostingDocs/Miscellaneous/49135.pdf

 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 SOUTH OF STA 9 – LIFTED EFFECTIVE 11-6-18

Effective for the Gas Day of Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC (“Tennessee”) is lifting the Daily Critical Day 1 OFO for South of STA 9.  However, it is imperative that customers continue to match physical flows with scheduled volumes in this area in order to avoid the issuance of any additional actions in these zones.

 

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Transco will be performing facility modifications associated with Job No. 567 on the 2018 Planned Outage and Maintenance Summary on its Mainline near M.P. 713.0 in Covington County, Mississippi from November 14, 2018 through November 22, 2018. The location listed below will be isolated and unable to flow during this time.

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The tropics are still quiet as the “official” hurricane season starts to come to a close this month.

The National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast is showing a large part of the United States will expect to receive a few days of early season cooler temperatures through the second week of November.

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Edition 13 – Thursday, November 1, 2018

Is it already November?  Why, yes it is!  Cooler weather, great football games, and, sadly, this is the weekend for you to re-set your clocks as the “Fall Back – Time change” begins Sunday morning.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We review a large variety of publicly released information to keep you informed about the natural gas business – for FREE!  We have a busy report for you today with a lot of gas pipeline news, a few publicly reported energy company transactions, and another update of the nation’s November temperature outlook.

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From the US Energy Information Administration Natural Gas Weekly Update dated November 1, let’s get started!

The Energy Information Administration released its weekly natural gas storage report today.  Storage levels rose 48 Bcf for the week ending last Friday vs. a consensus industry estimate of 50 Bcf.   Total gas in storage remains about 17% lower than the 5-year average.

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the November 2018 contract expired Monday at $3.185/MMBtu.  The natural gas futures price for December fell two cents Thursday and settled at nearly $3.24/MMBtu.

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In energy news…

Encana Corporation has agreed to acquire Newfield Exploration Company in an all-stock transaction valued at $5.5 billion.  Encana will also assume $2.2 billion of Newfield’s debt.

The deal includes 360,000 net acres in Oklahoma near the center of the STACK/SCOOP areas in the Anadarko Basin.

Dominion Energy announced Wednesday that it will sell its 50% interest in the Blue Racer Midstream pipeline to private equity company First Reserve and affiliated investment funds for up to $1.5 billion including $1.2 billion in cash and up to $300 million payable from 2019 through 2021 based on Blue Racer Midstream’s performance.

Dominion said that Blue Racer has become non-core to the company as it focuses on its regulated energy infrastructure.  The transaction is expected to close by year-end 2018.

Enterprise Products Partners said Wednesday that it is planning an expansion to its natural gas liquids fractionation complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas to add another 150,000 barrels/day of processing capability.  The company said that the newest NGL fractionator will be completed by early 2020 and is supported by long-term fee-based contracts with customers.

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Now let’s take a look at some recent critical notices from several interstate gas pipeline companies:

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of maintenance work at the Summerfield Compressor Station in Noble County, Ohio scheduled November 5 through November 9, 2018.  During this work, the Leach Express system (LXPSEG MA41) Internal Constraint will be set to 1,340,000 Dth Total Capacity. At this level, TCO estimates a reduction to firm service of less than 50,000 Dth per day based on current scheduled volumes.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Storage and Transportation Imbalances Effective Immediately – Notice Text:

Due to current and anticipated system conditions, customers are reminded to monitor contractual storage entitlements and take the necessary steps to manage deliveries within those firm entitlements.

Transportation customers are also advised to equalize receipts and deliveries so as to minimize imbalances on DETI’s system. Capability for over-injections, short-term parking, and loan payback activity are expected to be very limited or possibly not available. They may be subject to allocation or potential penalties if warranted by an OFO, in accordance with the terms of DETI’s tariff.

In addition, DETI may restrict due pipe imbalance paybacks. Your cooperation is appreciated.

El Paso Natural Gas:

El Paso Natural Gas Company, (EPNG) plans to conduct a review of the 2019 scheduled Permian Basin maintenance on Wednesday, November 7 in Odessa, Texas. The intent of the meeting is to better coordinate EPNG’s 2019 planned maintenance with Permian Basin producer maintenance to minimize the impact to EPNG’s customers.

The meeting is primarily designed for Permian Basin operators and gas control personnel, but EPNG will not seek to exclude any interested individuals.

The meeting will be held at the EPNG Odessa Area Operations office located at 1550 Windway, Odessa, Texas.  The meeting will start at 9:00 AM CST.  EPNG will provide lunch.

Please RSVP to: Vic_Villalva@kindermorgan.com

El Paso also posted a copy of its October 31, 2018 WebEx with customers in preparation for the upcoming winter heating season.  It can be found at: https://pipeline2.kindermorgan.com/Documents/EPNG/EPNG_Winter_Prep_10.31.2018_Presentation-20181031085917.pdf

Gas Transmission Northwest:

GTN has posted its November maintenance schedule, and shippers will have to deal with some capacity restrictions over the next few weeks.

From November 6 through November 8, pipeline ILI activities will reduce capacity to about 1.9 Bcf/d at Station 14.  At this volume, the pipeline projects a high probability of cuts to primary firm transportation during the period.

Beginning November 9 through the 21st, maintenance at the Starbuck Compressor Station will create a similar capacity restriction of 1.9 Bcf/d through Station 14 and a likelihood of reductions to firm transport shippers.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America:

STORAGE RESTRICTIONS – Update

WITHDRAWALS  – No changes

INJECTIONS  – Change concerning Amarillo System

Effective for gas day Friday, November 2, 2018, Timely Cycle, and continuing until further notice, injections above MDQ for DSS and NSS in all zones on the Amarillo System will not be scheduled.

No changes yet for the Gulf Coast System.  Injections above IQ and MDQ for DSS and NSS in all zones on the Gulf Coast System will be scheduled.

Northern Natural Gas:

Northern is experiencing major underperformance at several Field Area delivery points located in the Permian Basin area. Northern has limited operational flexibility due to high line pack and capacity constraints to accommodate underperformance at these delivery points. As a result, Northern will be calling a Field Area specific System Underrun Limitation (SUL) for all delivery points located in the Beaver System South Allocation Group (Group #13) effective for Gas Day Thursday, November 1, 2018 and continuing until further notice. In addition, Northern may be required to allocate the underperforming delivery points to actual flowing volumes during an intraday nomination cycle in order to protect the pipeline’s integrity. Allocations will continue at corresponding rates of performance and the initial occurrence for any particular gas day may be on the Intraday 3 nomination cycle. As performance improves at these delivery points, allocations may be lifted.

Nomination changes impacting constrained Field Area allocation groups may not be allowed during the Final true-up nomination cycle. This includes nominations to storage points for injection that would impact constrained groups not allocated during the Intraday 3 nomination cycle because nominated quantities for the group were slightly less than or equal to the operating capacity level.

During an SUL, System Management Service (SMS) is available below and above the scheduled volume; however, no 5% tolerance will apply below the customer’s scheduled volume before the Positive daily delivery variance charges (DDVCs) $1.00 rate will apply. (See Tariff Sheet No. 292).

Southern Natural Gas:

Transco Fairburn – New I/C Update #1

Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (“SNG”) provides this information to update its Shippers on the latest estimated in-service date for the new interconnect being placed in service with Transco during the 4th quarter of this year. SNG continues working on the Fairburn Expansion Project which will provide access to a new interconnection with Transco near Atlanta, Georgia (PIN # 50069) capable of receiving supplies of natural gas from Transco into SNG. The Fairburn Expansion Project provides new firm capacity on the SNG system by up to 370,000 Dth/d. Due to additional testing and related work, SNG now expects the project to be placed in-service by November 15, 2018 barring any further unexpected delays.  If you have any questions about this planned project, please contact your account manager.  We will post another notice with the in-service date prior to November 15th.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Line Segment 130 Force Majeure (UPDATE #10)

Southern Star will be hosting a Webex call on Friday 11/02/2018 at 1:30 PM CST

Please join this Webex for updates on Line R (Kansas Hugoton Line) (Line Segment 130).    Phone – 650-479-3208 – Access Code – 731 336 303

This call will provide updates on the status to fully restore service for Line Segment 130.

Also on Southern Star:

Notice Text – Location 121415 (NGPL Barton), and Location 35515 (ANR Alden) Operational Capacity Changes

Effective gas day November 1, 2018, operational capacities will remain reduced at the following locations due to changes in pipeline conditions:

  • Location 121415 (NGPL Barton) – 30,000 Dth/d
  • Location 35515 (ANR Alden) – 0 Dth/d

These operational capacities will remain in effect until January 1, 2019.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Has posted its monthly FERC Watch containing details about recent regulatory activity:  http://www.1line.williams.com/Transco/info-postings/regulatory/ferc/files/FERCWatch_11_18.pdf

Also on Transco:

Subject: Gulf Connector Expansion and the Assessment of Fuel Charges in Zones 1, 2 and 3

On August 16, 2016, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) filed an application, as supplemented on May 2, 2017, under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Part 157 of the Commission’s regulations for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction and operation of three new compressor stations, a new pipeline interconnect, and modifications to two existing compressor stations in Southeast Texas for its Gulf Connector Expansion Project (“Project”). The Project will provide 475,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation under Rate Schedule FT from Transco’s existing Compressor Station 65 Zone 3 Pool southward to new delivery points in Transco’s Zones 1 and 2.

Once the project facilities are placed in service, Transco’s Zones 1, 2 and 3, which previously flowed from South to North, will become bi-directional and Transco will begin compressing gas southward for deliveries in Zones 1 and 2. Given the need to compress gas for these deliveries and the bi-directional nature of Zones 1 through 3, Transco will begin assessing its generally applicable Zones 1, 2 and 3 fuel retention percentages, coincident with the in-service date of the Project, on all gas transported in Transco’s Zones 1, 2 and 3. The assessment of Transco’s generally applicable fuel retention percentages is consistent with the assessment of fuel in Transco’s other bi-directional zones.

The Gulf Connector Expansion Project is expected to be placed into full or partial service as early as December 1, 2018.

Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline:

Valley Expansion Project In Service

WBI Energy Transmission, Inc. is pleased to announce that the eastern North Dakota Valley Expansion Project is in service effective November 1, 2018.

The new receipt and delivery point locations associated with the interconnect with Viking Gas Transmission are now available for scheduling and are as follows:
Point 01950 VGT-Felton (D)
Point 01951 VGT-Felton (R)
In conjunction with the expansion project, WBI has added Line Section 31.  Please call the Scheduling Department at (701)530-1630 if you have any questions.

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In weather news, there are no tropical cyclones in either the Atlantic Ocean or in the Gulf of Mexico to report as we start the month.

The National Weather Service has updated their November temperature outlook for the United States.  With warmer than seasonal weather expected along the east and west coast regions, the new forecast predicts a likelihood that the midsection of the country will see average to below average November temperatures.

 

Remember to “Fall Back” this Saturday night for the time change back to standard time again beginning Sunday!

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Edition 12 – Monday, October 29, 2018

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  This is the site where we review the gas pipeline electronic bulletin boards and other sources of public information in order to help keep you informed – for FREE!

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

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

Nexus Pipeline:

NEXUS access to DTE and Vector capacity Notice Text:

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

Florida Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

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

022107 DELHI (FROM COLUMBIA GULF)

022110 DELHI (FROM CENTERPOINT)

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

TE Imbalance Notice – UPDATE – Notice Text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edition 7 – Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

73152 – COLUMBIA GAS-WAYNESBURG

Also on Texas Eastern

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

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

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas:

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

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

Sabine Pipe Line LLC

CRITICAL NOTICE OF RECEIPT LIMITATIONS

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

Location Name:

TRUNKLINE (LOW) /HENRY HUB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edition 6 – Monday, October 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Gas Transmission:

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

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

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

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

Emerson Eastbound Available Capacity

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

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

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

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

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Edition 5 – Thursday, October 4, 2018

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

Vector Pipeline:

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

Subject: Kiln Compressor Station Maintenance (Update)

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

– SLN 2687 Kiln (To Tennessee Gas)

– SLN 2921 Kiln (From Tennessee Gas)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edition 3 – Thursday, September 27, 2018

September is nearly over as the first of two “shoulder” months end.  Natural gas prices have started to inch upward again with support provided by a weaker-than-expected gas storage volume today as published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

First, we examine some recently posted notices this week from the electronic bulletin boards of several interstate gas pipelines:

ANR Pipeline:

“Due to unplanned pipeline maintenance in the Southwest Area of Oklahoma, the capacity at Beaver-CIG will be reduced to the following:   70 MMcf/d from 9/26 – 10/31.   Based on current nominations to Beaver-CIG, it is anticipated that this posting will result in the capacity allocation reduction of Interruptible Transport volumes.”

Columbia Gas Transmission:

“The Gas Days of Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, September 30, 2018 will be deemed to be “Critical Days” for storage injections.

Based on forecasted markets, supplies, planned construction and maintenance, and forecasted Firm storage injection requirements, Transporter projects that all available storage injection capacity will be required to meet Firm service obligations. Transporter projects no availability of interruptible storage injection services.  Due pipe nominations will be scheduled to zero.  Storage withdrawal services are not impacted by this notice. ”

Florida Gas Transmission:

“FGT will be performing maintenance at FGT Compressor Station 7. This maintenance is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2018 and is to be completed by the end of gas day October 5, 2018. During this maintenance all three compressors at Station 7 will be unavailable. During this maintenance FGT will schedule up to approximately 300,000 MMBtu/day through Station 7. During normal operations FGT schedules up to 465,000 MMBtu/day through Station 7.”

SoCalGas:

“Storage levels are approaching their maximum inventories. As a result, the injection capacity will be 65 MMcfd starting October 1st. The entire injection capacity of 65 MMcfd will be reserved for system balancing and there will be no capacity available for injection nominations. For the remainder of September, SoCalGas will make 45 MMcfd available for injection nominations starting cycle 1.”

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In corporate business news involving the natural gas industry…

McDermott says it has received full notice to proceed from Entergy on a Montgomery County, Texas Power Station, a 993 MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Willis, Tex north of Houston.  The contract for engineering, procurement and construction work originally was awarded in early 2017, and the plant will help serve Entergy’s 455,000 customers in southeast Texas.

New Jersey gas and electric utility PSE&G proposed a $4 Billion investment to lower the state’s energy consumption and carbon emissions while driving down electric power costs.  The plan calls for spending $2.8 Billion on energy efficiency programs and hundreds of millions of dollars on electric vehicle infrastructure, energy storage and state-of-the-art electricity meters.

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From the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Natural Gas Weekly Update:

Net storage injections totaled 46 billion cubic feet (Bcf) (vs. +64 Bcf consensus projections) for the week ending September 21.  Working natural gas stocks currently 20% lower than the year-ago level and 18% lower than the five-year average for this week.

Natural gas spot price movements were mixed this report week (Wednesday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 26).  On Wednesday, Henry Hub spot prices rose from $3.06 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) a week ago to close at $3.13/MMBtu yesterday.

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the October 2018 contract expired Wednesday at $3.021/MMBtu.  Thursday’s November 2018 contract price closed at $3.056/MMBtu.

According to the EIA, the natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 48¢, averaging $10.37/MMBtu for the week ending September 26. The price of ethane and isobutane fell by 11%, propane fell by 1%, and the price of butane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, the latest natural gas rig count remained flat at 186. Oil rigs fell by 1 to 866.  The total rig count now stands at 1,053.

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In the tropics, the National Hurricane Center said that Tropical Storm Kirk has formed again as it moves into the Caribbean Sea.  As of Thursday night, Kirk maintains a forward motion of 14 mph to the west-northwest and bears watching into next week.

From the National Weather Service,  below is the updated six-to-ten day extended temperature forecast into early October:

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