Thursday, May 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

The estimated impact to Firm Primary is as follows:

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

643131 – Corral:

May 21, 2019 – 0 Non-Firm

SHERWODB – Sherwood B MA42:

May 21, 2019 – 940,000 Total Capacity

MXPSEG – MXPSEG MA42:

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

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

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

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

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

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

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

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

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT): 

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

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

Texas Gas Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

As previously posted, East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. As a result, effective May 13, 2019, ETNG requires all delivery point operators on the system to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative. All receipt point operators on the system are required to keep actual receipts into the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Effective for gas day Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural is at operating capacity for northbound flow through Compressor Station 106 located in Gage County, Nebraska (Segment 11 of Natural’s Midcontinent Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled. 

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

75-MMcf/d (leaving 1,105-MMcf/d available) 5/8 – 5/22

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

In response to continuing and prolific natural gas production growth in the Denver-Julesburg Basin – and the mounting market need for timely transportation capacity – Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C. (CIG) is conducting a binding Open Season for additional firm capacity to be made available by approximately November 1, 2019.  The additional transportation capacity offered in this Open Season will have primary receipt rights from a new receipt point immediately upstream of the High Five Meter Station (PIN#TBD), and have primary delivery rights into CIG’s 5C at the High Five delivery point interconnection (PIN#53893) which is currently under construction, and CIG will construct additional capacity at this meter to accommodate a minimum of 125,000 Dth/day of additional capacity.  CIG is conducting this Open Season on the terms described below. 

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

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

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances downstream of Boyds Creek Compressor Station (Boyds Creek). As a result, effective Wednesday, May 8, ETNG requires all delivery point operators east of Boyds Creek to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative. All receipt point operators east of Boyds Creek are required to keep actual receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

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

As such, effective for gas day, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Timely Cycle and anticipated to continue through gas day Monday, May 13, 2019,Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 77% of contract MDQ through CS 104.  Actual nomination levels and changes in pipeline conditions could result in changes to the percentages scheduled (lower or higher) on subsequent gas days.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports continue to not be available. 

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

Southeast Supply Header (SESH):

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Thursday, May 2, 2019

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

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

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According to the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage was 1.462 Tcf as of Friday, April 26, 2019. This represents a net increase of 123 Bcf from the previous week.

Natural gas in storage is now 316 Bcf (approximately 18%) below the five-year average.

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NRG Energy, Inc. expects to return to service its inactive 385 MW Gregory natural gas plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Gregory plant ceased operations in late 2016 when its cogeneration partner, Sherwin Alumina, filed for bankruptcy and discontinued operations. Following resolution of certain issues resulting from the Sherwin Alumina bankruptcy, the Gregory plant is expected to return to service as a combined cycle facility in early June 2019.

“I am pleased to announce the return to service of this highly efficient natural gas plant,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG. “The Public Utility Commission of Texas’ recent actions to further strengthen the ERCOT market reinforced our decision to return Gregory to service ahead of summer, providing additional reliability to our customers and Texas’ growing economy.”

At full power, the Gregory plant can meet the needs of approximately 77,000 homes on the hottest days of the year.

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Despite warmer weather across much of the United States, there are still several critical postings coming from the electronic bulletin boards of the major interstate natural gas pipeline transporters. Let’s review the latest news:

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, May 2, 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 4,000 Dth or 104% of scheduled delivery quantities. The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Bridgman Northbound Capacity Reduction (Updated 05/01/19)

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

Bridgman Northbound (LOC #226632):

375-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,226 – MMcf/d available) 5/1 – 5/3
65-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,536 – MMcf/d available) 5/4 – 5/6
375-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,226 – MMcf/d available) 5/7 – 5/20
40-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,561 – MMcf/d available) 5/21 – 6/2
325-MMcf/d – (leaving 1,276 – MMcf/d available) 6/3 – 8/12

Since the last posting, the end date of the first maintenance period has been extended from 5/2 to 5/3, and each subsequent outage period has been adjusted accordingly.

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

Effective May 5, 2019, Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C. (CIG) is removing the limitation on Transportation Service (NNT) requests for NNT authorized withdrawals declared in Notice Number 118466.

No limit is currently placed on requests for NNT authorized injections or withdrawals. 

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Due to integrity issues affecting LN-24 and LN-541 (Notice ID 213991), effective ID1 cycle for gas day May 2, 2019, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc (DETI) will not accept any increases in Secondary or IT transport for delivery to the following meters:

Location Names: 20600 ROCHESTER GAS AND ELECTRIC; 20900 NATIONAL FUEL; 30005 SITHE ENERGIES (LOWER LEROY-SENECA); 23600 FILLMORE

Effective gas day May 3, 2019 the above meters will be limited to Primary Only deliveries 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.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Hall Summit Expansion Compressor Station Maintenance: 

Begins:  May 19, 2019            Ends:  May 27, 2019

Expansion Receipts Upstream Vixen Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by up to 300,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.  Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Natural has experienced horsepower issues at Compressor Station 167 (CS 167), located in Lea County, New Mexico that require Natural to shut-in CS 167 for the duration of this restriction.  This is a Force Majeure event that will limit Natural’s throughput capacity from receipts south of CS 167 and just north of CS 167 (from LOC 908135 Targa Saunders Plt). 

The scheduling constraint will be north of CS 167; therefore, any gas received south of CS 167 from either Segment 7 or Segment 9 receipt points for delivery north of CS 167 will be impacted for the duration of the restriction.  Additionally, transports associated with storage injections will be impacted.  The Permian Pool (LOC 25077) is located south of the constraint. 

As such, effective for gas day Thursday, May 2, 2019, Intraday 1 Cycle, and continuing until further notice, Natural will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports to no less than 74% of contract MDQ through CS 167.  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.

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on current milder temperatures and resulting lower demand on Southern’s system, SNG is currently experiencing high line pack on the system.  SNG encourages all shippers to manage their system requirements to maintain balance between actual receipts and deliveries.  An Operational Flow Order for long imbalances could be required to help ensure system integrity as Southern’s Tariff provides that a Type 6 OFO can be implemented on four hours’ notice or less prior to the start of the gas day.

Deliveries with actual flows less than scheduled daily volumes are subject to reductions of nominations to demonstrated daily volumes.  Receipts should not exceed scheduled daily volumes.

We request that all Shippers/Poolers monitor the balance between actual receipts and deliveries to ensure that a daily out-of-balance situation does not occur.  Additionally, SNG requests all payback be nominated. 

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The latest six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service for May 8 – 12 reveals that warmer than average May temperatures will be seen along both the East and West coasts of the US.  For the midsection of the country, though, cooler than average temperatures will prevail from Texas northward into the Northern Plains during the second week of the month.

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

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

Bridgman Northbound (LOC #226632):

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

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

Also on ANR:

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

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

Wilow Run Delivery (DRN #42078)

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

Gas Day May 1: 

743093 – Stagecoach-LXP – 55,000 Total Capacity

743103 – Eureka – 200,000 Total Capacity

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

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

Gas Day May 3: 

743093 – Stagecoach-LXP – 55,000 Total Capacity

743103 – Eureka – 200,000 Total Capacity

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

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

Gas Day May 4: 

LXPSEG – LXPSEG MA41 – 550,000 Total Capacity

Gas Day May 6: 

LXPSEG – LXPSEG MA41 – 750,000 Total Capacity

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

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

The facility shut in dates and requirements are as follows:

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

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

El Paso Natural Gas:

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

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

Enable Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 11 – SOUTH OF STA 106 – AT OPERATING CAPACITY 

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

Also from NGPL:

SEGMENT 13 – STA 107– AT OPERATING CAPACITY

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

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX):

CHANDLERSVILLECOMPRESSOR STATION MAINTENANCE

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

TransColorado Gas Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

Effective:        Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ends:               Until Further Notice

Transactions:  Deliveries

Type:               Due to Shipper

OFO Area(s):  Zones 4, 5, and 6

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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

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

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Equitrans Midstream Corporation and EQM Midstream Partners, LP today announced that EQM has completed the acquisition of a 60% interest in Eureka Midstream Holdings, LLC (Eureka Midstream) and a 100% interest in Hornet Midstream Holdings, LLC (Hornet Midstream) for total consideration of $1.03 Billion, comprised of approximately $860 million in cash and approximately $170 million of assumed pro-rata debt. Concurrently, EQM closed the private placement of $1.2 billion of newly issued Series A Perpetual Convertible Preferred Units (Convertible Preferred Units). A portion of the net proceeds from the private placement was allocated to the cash purchase price of the acquisition, with the remaining net proceeds to be used for general purposes.

“We are pleased to have completed this important acquisition and our team is excited to begin integrating the Eureka and Hornet systems and leveraging our existing assets and core operating capabilities,” said Diana M. Charletta, chief operating officer of EQM. “These value-enhancing assets will diversify our producer customer mix and increase exposure to wet Marcellus acreage; expand our supply hub and create additional commercial opportunities; reduce unit operating costs through increased scale; and accelerate opportunities for our water services business.”

Eureka Midstream is a 190-mile gathering header pipeline system in Ohio and West Virginia that services both dry Utica and wet Marcellus production. Hornet Midstream is a 15-mile, high-pressure gathering system in West Virginia that connects to the Eureka system.

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Williams and Crestwood Equity Partners LP (“Crestwood”) announced on Wednesday that Williams has sold its 50 percent interest in Jackalope Gas Gathering Services, L.L.C. (“Jackalope”) to an affiliate of Crestwood for $484.6 million in cash.

Prior to the transaction, Crestwood was Williams’ 50% joint venture partner in Jackalope where Williams acted as operator, responsible for managing construction and operations and Crestwood served as marketer, responsible for commercial services. Following the transaction, Crestwood has assumed operatorship of Jackalope.

Williams plans to use the cash proceeds from the transaction plus approximately $90 million in avoided 2019 Jackalope capital spending to help fund its extensive portfolio of attractive growth capital and debt reduction. The Jackalope holdings are in Converse County, Wyoming, and provide gathering, compression and processing services and include the Jackalope Gas Gathering System and the Bucking Horse Processing Plant.

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Depending on which area of the country you live in, the natural gas pipelines are dealing with cold weather conditions or warmer-than-average conditions which are affecting system operations for the weekend:

ANR Pipeline:

Update: Due to planned compressor maintenance at the Eunice (Louisiana) Compressor Station located in the Southeast Area Segment (Zone 1), ANR will limit deliveries at the Eunice Total Location (LOC #505592) and the Jena Southbound location (LOC #9505489) to the following:

Eunice Total (LOC #505592)
1,000-MMcf/d 4/10 – 4/11
875-MMcf/d 4/12
1,000-MMcf/d 4/13 – 4/30

Jena Southbound (LOC #9505489)
1,000-MMcf/d 4/12

Since the last posting, ANR has made the following change. Added a capacity reduction for Jena Southbound for 4/12, leaving 1,000-MMcf/d available.

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.

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

With significantly colder temperatures, moisture and potential blizzard conditions being forecast beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, April 10, 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 the next available nomination cycle until further notice. In addition the following actions will be taken:

NNT overrun withdrawal requests will continue being allocated to 100,000 dth (notice #118466).

Payback OFF the CIG system may not be accepted; payback ONTO the system will be approved, absent other capacity concerns. Interruptible services may be at risk.

Egan Hub Storage:

Egan Hub Storage (Egan) will be conducting maintenance beginning Gas Day April 5, 2019 and continuing through Gas Day April 17, 2019, which will impact Kinder Morgan MR 45122.

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

El Paso Natural Gas:

El Paso Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (EPNG) has identified anomalies on Line 1103 downstream of the Guadalupe Compressor Stationwhich will require pipe replacement. EPNG will isolate Line 1103 from the Guadalupe compressor station to MLV 15 starting April 13, 2019. Accordingly, the operational capacity through the GUADLUP constraint of 1,182,500 dekatherms (Dth) per day will be reduced by 438,800 Dth per day yielding an operational capacity of 743,700 Dth per day effective Gas Day April 13, 2019, Timely Cycle (Cycle 1) thru Gas Day April 18, 2019.  EPNG will provide updates on the progress of this work as information becomes available.

This incident constitutes an event of force majeure under EPNG’s FERC Gas Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, Section 11.3. 

Based on current nominations through the GUADLUP constraint, EPNG does not anticipate any impact to shippers at this time.

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

(Updated 4/10/19)  Due to planned compressor and pipeline maintenance at various compressor stations, the Iron River Eastbound capacity will be reduced as follows:

1,050-MMcf/d (leaving 1,101-MMcf/d available)  4/10 – 4/11

995-MMcf/d (leaving 1,156-MMcf/d available)  4/12 – 4/15

908-MMcf/d (leaving 1,243-MMcf/d available)  4/16 – 5/5

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

Vixen (Louisiana) Compressor Station Maintenance:  Begins: April 22, 2019    Ends:  April 26, 2019

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Pursuant to Section 23.5 of the General Terms and Conditions of its Tariff, Natural is continuing an Advisory Action to all shippers receiving gas in Segment 10 of the Midcontinent Zone (Affected Area).  Due to the large quantity of gas nominated for receipt in the Affected Area utilizing secondary or interruptible point rights, Natural is at capacity for receipts in the Affected Area. 

Effective for gas day Friday, April 12, 2019, Timely Cycle, and continuing until further notice, Natural has removed the Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm only restriction.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will be available at the receipt points listed below up to the total receipt point capacity.  Natural will schedule a total receipt point capacity of 340,000 dth per day in the Affected Area.Receipt points flowing less than 1,000 Dth per day will not be affected unless nominations increase to above 1,000 Dth per day.

Receipt Points in the Affected Area (Segment 10) are:

PIN                  Name                                                  

3251                EPNG MOORE

46856              SOUTHERN STAR BEAVER

901429            CAMERICK PLT BEAVER

905207            COLORADO INTERSTATE GAS FORGAN

Because of the number of restricted points and the number of transactions from these points that use the MidContinent Pooling Point (PIN 25078), shippers nominating Primary firm or secondary in-path firm transport under Rate Schedule FTS from these points should ensure that any gas going to the Pooling Point is clearly identified to the proper FTS contract.  Natural recommends that shippers nominate their FTS contracts directly to the Pooling Point from the specific receipt location.  Any transactions whose downstream contract is not identified when nominated to the Pooling Point sourced from a restricted point will be scheduled as Out-of-path Secondary (prorated based upon nominations, if required).

Southern Natural Gas:

Type 6 OFO Warning

Based on the current mild temperatures forecasted for the weekend and projected demand on Southern’s system, SNG encourages all shippers to manage their system requirements to maintain balance between actual receipts and deliveries.  An Operational Flow Order for long imbalances could be required to help ensure system integrity as Southern’s Tariff provides that a Type 6 OFO can be implemented on four hours’ notice or less prior to the start of the gas day.

Deliveries with actual flows less than scheduled daily volumes are subject to reductions of nominations to demonstrated daily volumes.  Receipts should not exceed scheduled daily volumes.

We request that all Shippers/Poolers monitor the balance between actual receipts and deliveries to ensure that a daily out-of-balance situation does not occur.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

As previously posted, Texas Eastern (TE) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. As result, effective 9:00 AM CCT, April 12, 2019, TE requires all delivery point operators in Access Area Zones STX, ETX, WLA, ELA, Market Area Zones M1-30, M2-30 and M3 to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative. All receipt point operators in Access Area Zones STX, ETX, WLA, ELA, Market Area Zones M1-30, M2- 30 and M3 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

Additionally, TE requires all shippers and point operators in Market Area Zones M1-24 and M2-24 to carefully review demand for gas and schedule gas consistent with daily needs and to tender and receive gas consistent with confirmed nominations regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

Correspondingly, the previously posted imbalance notice issued April 6, 2019 will remain in effect until 9:00 AM CCT, April 12, 2019.

This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Texas Gas will be performing maintenance at the Henry Hub location (#2790) beginning April 11 through April 25.  Deliveries at the location will be unavailable for the duration of the maintenance.

Wyoming Interstate Gas:

With significantly colder temperatures, moisture and potential blizzard conditions being forecast, WIC 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 the next available nomination cycle until further notice. In addition the following actions will be taken:

Payback OFF the WIC system may not be accepted; payback ONTO the WIC system will be approved, absent other capacity concerns.

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day extended temperature forecast now calls for cooler than average temperatures up and down the Mississippi River basin from Minnesota to Louisiana.  The East and West coastal areas will see warmer than seasonal weather through next weekend.

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

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Monday, April 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities. The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

Hall Summit Scheduling Group – Locations will experience higher than normal operating pressures. Capacity could be impacted by up to 300,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance for all services other than primary firm.

MidContinent Express Pipeline (MEP):

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

As such, effective for gas day Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and continuing through gas day Thursday, April 11, 2019, MEP estimates the impact to be up to 360,000 into Segment 200.  Actual nomination levels, changes in pipeline conditions, and assistance MEP is seeking from connecting pipelines upstream and downstream of the outage could result in a decrease to the capacity reduction.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this outage.  Primary Firm and Secondary-in-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled into Segment 200, assuming all such contracts are nominated at full applicable contract MDQ through the constrained segment. 

LOC 44450 AMID/DESTIN will be unavailable for all transport services for the duration of this outage. 

Additionally, all park and loanservices under Rate Schedule PALS will not be available anywhere on the system.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

Announces: TRANSPORTATION RESTRICTIONS – NSS STORAGE SERVICES

AMARILLO SYSTEM

“IN-PATH” TRANSPORT FOR INJECTIONS”

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

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

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

 Sep 30 – 100% full

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America:

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

Rockies Express Pipeline:

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

Points impacted in Segment 380 are listed below.

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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Enjoy the basketball this weekend!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of AGT’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, April 1, 2019, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

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

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities. The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANRPL FSS Customers

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

Also from ANR:

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

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

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

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

Enable Gas Transmission:

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

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

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

Gulf Crossing Pipeline:

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

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

Interruptible

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

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

MidContinent Express Pipeline (MEP):

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

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

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

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

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