Monday, May 20, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  As severe weather pounds the plains of Oklahoma and Texas again today, spot natural gas prices are rebounding slightly in advance of June’s NYMEX close. 

Today, we’ll also review the latest interstate pipeline company critical notices plus provide an update on latest energy news and give you the latest National Weather Service temperature forecast for the month of June, too.

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At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) today, the price of the June 2019 contract increased by nearly four cents to about $2.67/MMBtu on Monday.  The price of the 12-month strip averaging June 2019 through May 2020 futures contracts has gained about six cents the past week to nearly $2.81/MMBtu. 

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

Net injections to working gas totaled 106 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending May 10. Working natural gas stocks are 1.653 Tcf, which is 15% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by five cents, averaging $5.73/MMBtu for the week ending May 15. The price of ethane and natural gasoline fell by 2% and 1%, respectively. The price of propane, isobutane, and butane rose by 3%, 2%, and 1%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, May 7, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 183. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 2 to 805. The total rig count decreased by 2, and it now stands at 988.

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Global investment firm KKR and Western Natural Resources, LLC (“Western”) today announced a new partnership to acquire producing and undeveloped oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin.

Western’s CEO Heath Mireles and his team bring extensive operating experience to the partnership, having drilled, completed and operated thousands of wells over the Williston Basin’s long history. The Western team will leverage their collective experiences from time spent at large public operators as well as other private companies to acquire, manage and develop producing wells and drilling locations throughout the play.

Ben Conner, Director on KKR’s Energy Real Assets team, said, “The Williston continues to be a core area of focus for us as we see a significant opportunity to acquire high quality producing assets with attractive long-term value creation opportunities to be delivered through superior technical and operational execution. We have known Heath and members of his team for years and believe our partnership is well positioned to acquire and manage assets in the Williston for the long run.”

Western is a private company focused on the acquisition and exploitation of upstream oil and gas assets. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, its primary objective is to build and operate a large-scale portfolio of producing oil and gas wells and drilling locations in the Williston Basin.

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Today, NRG Energy, Inc. agreed to acquire Dallas-based Stream Energy’s retail electricity and natural gas business for $300 million plus working capital in an all-cash transaction.

“This transaction will strengthen NRG’s position as a growing, customer-driven energy company. It represents another step in perfecting our integrated business model,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer, NRG Energy. “Stream Energy’s retail energy business provides NRG an attractive opportunity to increase our national retail leadership position and potential for growth.”

Stream Energy, one of the largest direct selling companies in the energy market and one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, serves more than 600,000 Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) in nine states and the District of Columbia. The transaction is expected to increase NRG’s market share in Texas, Pennsylvania and a number of other markets in the Eastern U.S., accelerating the pace of growth in these markets. The combination will also enhance NRG’s multi-brand strategy.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019 and is subject to various customary closing conditions, approvals and consents, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Georgia Public Service Commission, and antitrust review under Hart-Scott-Rodino.

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Late last week, Freeport LNG announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct and operate its fourth natural gas liquefaction train, to be integrated into its existing natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas. Approval from the U.S. Department of Energy for the export of Train 4 volumes to non-Free Trade Agreement countries is anticipated later this quarter.

Freeport LNG’s Train 4 is expected to add over 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG production to its existing project, increasing the total export capability of the 4-train facility to over 20 mtpa. Approximately 13.5 mtpa of this capacity has been contracted under 20-year tolling agreements to Osaka Gas Trading & Export, LLC, JERA Energy America, LLC, BP Energy Company, Toshiba America LNG Corporation, and SK E&S LNG, LLC, and approximately 0.5 mtpa has been contracted to Trafigura PTE LTD under a 3-year sale and purchase agreement commencing in 2020.

Train 4 operations are anticipated to commence in 2023.

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Now, let’s check the latest critical notices from the interstate natural gas pipeline grid:

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) continues to work with upstream operators due to the operational event experienced by Markwest at the originally referenced Salem Plant.  Markwest has since clarified that the outage was on a line feeding the Hopedale Fractionation Plant in Salem, WV. 

TCO encourages customers to coordinate with its upstream operator regarding scheduled volumes for Gas Days Monday, May 20, 2019 and Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 

At this time, the operational event is anticipated to be resolved later today, May 20, 2019.  TCO will provide an update as soon as information becomes available.  Please contact your Customer Services Representative with any questions.

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Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) has been notified of an operational event at the Markwest Salem Plant that is impacting scheduled deliveries into TCO.  TCO is working closely with Markwest and upstream operators to assess the impact, as well as a timeline for repairs. The Markwest Salem Plant impacts deliveries into TCO at the following points: 

642452 – CMG Majorsville

643053 – Gibraltar III

643106 – Majorsville-LXP

642645 – Sherwood1

642824 – Smithfield-Mobley

643185 – Sherwood-MXP

842867 – Braxton 

The current estimated impact is a reduction in supply on the TCO system of approximately 2.1 MMDth, necessitating a curtailment of scheduled volumes by the upstream point operators effective ID1 Cycle for Gas Day Sunday, May 19, 2019 and Timely Cycle for Gas Day Monday, May 20, 2019.  

El Paso Natural Gas:

EPNG remains concerned about delivery point operators taking their gas according to their scheduled quantities as a result of the forecast below average temperatures in the Desert Southwest. The SOC Warning for a high linepack condition issued on May 17, 2019 (Notice No. 605375) remains in effect.  

Washington Ranch is on maximum injection. 

Delivery point operators are encouraged to continue to take gas according to their scheduled quantities.  If the situation fails to improve EPNG will declare an SOC for a PACK condition. 

Supply operators are encouraged to reduce and/or maintain their deliveries into the EPNG system at their scheduled rates.   

Payback to the system, such as Payback (Imbalance Payback to TSP), may be limited or denied due to operational concerns related to the potential for a high linepack condition.  For scheduling questions, please call your scheduling representative at (800) 238-3764.

Also from El Paso:

EPNG will be conducting bottom hole surveys at the Washington Ranch Storage Facility starting Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14. During this scheduled maintenance, operational flexibility will be extremely limited as no injection or withdrawal from the storage facility will be possible.   

Shippers are strongly encouraged to closely monitor their receipts and deliveries to ensure that their transportation is balanced during this time frame. If significant and persistent imbalances are experienced, EPNG may need to issue an SOC or COC, and/or take the necessary action to limit excess receipts into the system. 

Northern Natural Gas:

The results of the recent in-line inspections for sections of Northern’s pipeline system between the Beaver, Oklahoma and Mullinville, Kansas compressor stations have come back favorable and no additional reduction in operating capacity for Beaver North (Group 1025) is necessary.

The outage capacity will remain at 820,000 Dth for the group. As a result, Northern is willing to sell incremental capacity up to 62,259 Dth through Beaver North for Gas Day May 21, 2019.

Northwest Pipeline:

Due to high inventory levels at the Jackson Prairie storage facility (JP), Northwest is no longer accepting IT storage injections at JP beginning gas day Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Northwest is not currently requesting SGS-2I storage customers vacate the facility.  Northwest will provide notice to begin the interruptible service vacate process when the Jackson Prairie facility balance is approximately 90 percent full. Discretion will be used to determine the percentage each interruptible storage customer will be required to vacate allowing Northwest to meet its firm obligations at the facility. Upon said notice, SGS-2I shippers will have seven (7) days to comply.

Northwest would also like to remind its shippers that the storage inventory levels as well as Park and Loan availability is posted each morning on Northwest’s website at www.northwest.williams.com.

Please contact your Marketing Services Representative or the Northwest Pipeline Hotline at (801) 584-7301 if you have any questions.

Southern Natural Gas:

On Tuesday May 21, 2019, Southern will post the May/June/July and other 2019 Maintenance projects.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1:30 PM (Central Time) Southern will conduct a conference call/WebEx meeting and review the posted information.  For more information on how to participate in the conference call/WebEx, please review the Southern Natural Gas EBB posting dated May 20, 2019.

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The National Weather Service has published their initial temperature forecast for the upcoming month of June.  Temperatures are expected to be warmer than average along the Atlantic coast as well as along the Pacific coast.   Meanwhile, several states in the midsection of the country from the Dakotas and Nebraska down to Texas are shown with cooler than seasonal weather for June. 

That’s all for this Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  Please let your friends in the natural gas scheduling and transportation business know about us! 

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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, March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANRPL FSS Customers

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

Also from ANR:

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

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

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

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

Enable Gas Transmission:

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

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

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

Gulf Crossing Pipeline:

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

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

Interruptible

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

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

MidContinent Express Pipeline (MEP):

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  While we search over fifty interstate natural gas pipeline companies for their critical postings, other news is happening this week.  At GasNewsOnline.com, we’ll update you on the publicly-released news from energy companies and will give you the latest National Weather Service temperature forecast, too.  

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working natural gas in storage decreased by 47 Bcf for the week ending Friday, March 15.  Natural gas stocks remaining in storage are now nearly 33% below the five-year historical range.

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Penn Virginia Corporation announced Thursday that it has mutually agreed with Denbury Resources Inc. to terminate their previously announced merger agreement.

“After careful consideration, the Penn Virginia board of directors decided that it is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders to mutually agree to terminate our merger agreement with Denbury,” said John A. Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Virginia. “Given the caliber and dedication of our team, the high quality of our assets and the strength of our balance sheet, we believe we are well positioned to continue to execute our previously announced two rig development plan, which is expected to be fully funded from cash flow.  We remain focused on developing our assets and maximizing value for our shareholders as a standalone company.”

As a result, the special meeting of Penn Virginia’s shareholders, which was to be held on April 17, 2019, will not take place.  Under the terms of the merger agreement and the termination agreement, neither Penn Virginia nor Denbury will be responsible for any payments to the other party as a result of the termination of the merger agreement.

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Earlier this week, Williams announced a series of transactions that will establish a new platform for the optimization of its midstream operations in the western Marcellus and Utica basins through a long-term partnership with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.   

The $3.8 billion joint venture will include Williams’ 100 percent owned Ohio Valley Midstream system (“OVM”) and 100 percent of Utica East Ohio Midstream system (“UEO”).  The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will invest $1.34 billion for a 35 percent ownership stake in the joint venture. Williams will retain 65 percent ownership, will operate the combined business, and will consolidate the financial results of the joint venture in Williams’ financial statements.

Concurrent with signing the agreement, Williams acquired the remaining 38 percent ownership stake in Utica East Ohio Midstream from Momentum Midstream and will take over operatorship.  UEO is involved primarily in the processing and fractionation of natural gas and natural gas liquids in the Utica Shale play in eastern Ohio.

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As winter transitions into spring, let’s review the latest postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline systems entering the weekend:

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 immediately, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

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

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities as indicated below:

Effective Immediately – Gas Day March 24: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities.

Gas Day March 25 and until further notice: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 4,000 Dth or 104% of scheduled delivery quantities.

In each situation indicated above, the penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

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

ANR Pipeline:

ANR will begin planned pipeline maintenance near the St. John Compressor Station along its Michigan Leg South located in the Northern Area (Zone 7). The total St. John Eastbound, LOC #226633, capacity will be reduced by the following:

500-MMcf/d (leaving 767-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/3

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated that this posting will 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.

Columbia Gas Transmission:

In response to customer questions regarding its Leach XPress (LXP) and Mountaineer XPress (MXP) projects, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) has developed a schematic highlighting active project points and internal constraints for customers to reference.

https://navigates.cpg.com/infopost/webmethods/DownloadFile.aspx?Mode=V&S3FN=LXP_MXP+Project+Schematic.pdf&S3K=%2Ftco%2Fpermanentpostingsandfaqs%2FLXP_MXP+Project+Schematic.pdf

Although this schematic may serve as a useful tool for customers, TCO strongly recommends the continued utilization of the Internal Constraint Rights screen within Navigates when evaluating a specific contract’s rights for an input nomination.   

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gulf Transmission (CGT) would like to notify customers of an upcoming change in location numbers effective April 1, 2019, impacting the Gulf South – Delhi interconnect.

Currently, Gulf South Delhi nominations are entered at a single bi-directional location for receipts and deliveries. Currently shown as: GULF SOUTH DELHI – 4204

Starting April 1, 2019, all nominations for this location will move to two newly created location numbers:

Receipts from Gulf South Delhi:  Loc Prop 4204R
Deliveries to Gulf South Delhi:     Loc Prop 4204D

Loc Prop 4204 will become inactive on April 1, 2019. All receipts and deliveries for Gulf South Delhi should be nominated at the new 4204R and 4204D locations for Timely Cycle Gas Day April 1,2019. Any nominations at Loc Prop 4204 will be reduced to 0.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

As of Monday, April 1, 2019, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. will return to one (1) Operational Impact Area (OIA).

Also from Dominion:

Based on storage withdrawals during the 2018-2019 Winter Period, storage inventory levels are at near historic lows. As a result of the current inventory levels, DETI can handle only limited withdrawals from its storage pools until inventory levels increase.

To protect its storage pools and to minimize withdrawals, DETI will not require its GSS customers to meet their Minimum Turnover Obligations pursuant to Section 8.7 of Rate Schedule GSS for the period November 1, 2018 through April 15, 2019. As a result, no charges set forth in GT&C Section 35.3D will be assessed if the minimum turn obligation is not met during this period. Further, DETI requests that GSS customers voluntarily minimize withdrawals with the start of the injection season on April 1.

This voluntary action may allow the avoidance of the issuance of storage OFOs if inventory levels decline further. Customers are advised that DETI may be required to issue OFOs that limit storage withdrawals in April and possibly, require the use of all firm transportation capacity prior to the use of storage withdrawals.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Carthage Junction Compressor Station Maintenance:  Begins April 9, 2019 – Ends April 10, 2019

Area 8 to 16 Expansion Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by as much as 150,000 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 will schedule Primary Firm and Secondary-in-path Firm transports to no less than 71% of contract MDQ into Segment 200, assuming all such contracts are nominated at full applicable contract MDQ through the constrained segment.  Actual nomination levels, changes in pipeline conditions, and assistance MEP is seeking from connecting pipelines downstream of the outage could result in an increase to the percentage scheduled.

AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during 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):

As part of its required ongoing pipeline integrity Management Program, on gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Thursday, April 11, 2019, Natural will perform an ILI tool run on the Gulf Coast #2 mainline between Compressor Station 300 located in Victoria County, Texas and Compressor Station 341 located in Nueces County, Texas (Segments 22 and 20 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).  This tool run will require Natural to schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports, only, southbound into Segment 22 for the duration of this tool run.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available.

On gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Monday, April 1, 2019, Natural will be performing station maintenance at Compressor Station 303, located in Angelina County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone). This work will require Natural to schedule Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports, only, southbound through Compressor Station 302 located in Montgomery County, Texas for the duration of this maintenance project.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this work.  Additionally, Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective immediately and until further notice, Northwest is increasing the available deliverability into the Jackson Prairie storage facility from 442,000 Dths to 550,000 Dths.

Northwest is able to support the increase above design capacity due to prevailing pressures and facility conditions, which it expects will continue into the summer.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Pursuant to Article XII of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff, Tennessee posted a notice of an emergent repair issue on the 300-1 Line between STA 219 and MLV 301 located in Mercer County, PA effective for the Gas Day of Friday, March 15, 2019 (Notice Identifier 370784), due to an anomaly identified from results received from Tennessee’s ongoing integrity program.  Work continues on this section of the pipe. 

Anticipated return to service is projected to be April 7, 2019.  Tennessee continues to estimate the current impact to be up to 65,000 Dths. Based upon current and recent nominations, restrictions through a pro rata portion of Secondary Out of the Path nominations pathed through STA 307(Segment 307 BH) continue to be at risk. 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Below is a link to Texas Eastern Transmission’s planned outage information for 2019: https://infopost.spectraenergy.com/GotoLINK/GetLINKdocument.asp?Pipe=10076&Environment=Production&DocumentType=Notice&FileName=TETLP+2019+Planned+Outage+Presentation.pdf&DocumentId=8aa1649f695385180169597ca33600ca

Texas Gas Transmission:

North Louisiana System Maintenance:

Start Date: March 25, 2019 – End Date: April 7, 2019

Texas Gas will be performing direct assessments on the North Louisiana Lateral. Capacity will be limited to 325,000 MMBtu for the Carthage East-West (CEW) segment.

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The National Weather Service temperature forecast for the last week of March shows a warming trend through the midsection of the United States.  Cooler-than-seasonal conditions will return to the Great Plains, the West Coast and much of the Southeast through March 31. 

That’s all for this edition of GasNewsOnline.com! Enjoy a weekend of watching the college basketball games, and we hope to see you again on Monday!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy “Pi” Day!

After returning from a brief vacation touring portions of Oklahoma and Texas, it’s time to get back to work here at GasNewsOnline.com! Due to time constraints, there will be no audio podcast of today’s edition.

With a final cold blast and heavy winds buffeting parts of the country this week, the weekend looks to be quite busy on the interstate natural gas pipeline grid. Let’s check out the latest critical postings:

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of AGT’s FERC Gas Tariff, effective 9:00 AM CCT March 14, 2019, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

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

***During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities as indicated below:

Gas Day March 14 – 15: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 6,000 Dth or 106% of scheduled delivery quantities.

Gas Day March 16 and until further notice: The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities exceeds the greater of 4,000 Dth or 104% of scheduled delivery quantities.

In each situation indicated above, the penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for “Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

In anticipation of colder weather, Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C., CIG will take the following actions impacting its No-Notice Storage and Transportation Service (NNT) beginning Gas Day March 13, 2019, and continuing until further notice.  Therefore, when necessary to minimize imbalances and protect system integrity, underperformance caps may be placed on nonperforming receipt points effective the next available nomination cycle until further notice.

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

Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC will be commencing service for the remaining contracted 330 MDth/d of its Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project capacity effective Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019.   Nominations will be accepted beginning for the Timely Cycle for Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019.  Please monitor the Daily Capacity Posting effective for Friday, March 15, 2019 for capacity changes related to MXP. 

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC will be commencing service for the remaining contracted 330 MDth/d of its Gulf XPress (GXP) project capacity effective Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019.   Nominations will be accepted beginning for the Timely Cycle for Gas Day Friday, March 15, 2019. 

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, ETNG is issuing a Balancing Alert Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 14.7 of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, March 16, 2019 for all meters east of the Boyds Creek Compressor Station.

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

As part of its required ongoing pipeline integrity Management Program, on gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Thursday, April 11, 2019, Natural will perform an ILI Smart Tool run on the Gulf Coast #2 mainline between Compressor Station 300 located in Victoria County, Texas and Compressor Station 341 located in Nueces County, Texas (Segments 22 and 20 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).  This tool run will require Natural to schedule Secondary in-path and Primary only southbound into Segment 22 (South Texas Zone) for the duration of this tool run.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available. 

Also from NGPL:

On gas day Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and continuing through gas day Monday, April 1, 2019, Natural will be performing station maintenance at Compressor Station 303, located in Angelina County, Texas (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone).  This work will require Natural to schedule Secondary in-path and Primary only southbound through Compressor Station 302 located in Montgomery County, Texas, (Segment 26 of Natural’s Texok Zone) for the duration of this maintenance project.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports will not be available during this work.  Primary Firm and Secondary in-path Firm transports may also be at risk of not being fully scheduled.

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest will hold the annual maintenance conference call on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM MDT. The call-in number is 385-355-3006 and the conference id is 34150489.

The 2019 maintenance schedule has been posted on Northwest’s portal at http://www.northwest.williams.com. The information on the schedule represents Northwest’s best estimates given the information currently available.

Please note that the estimated capacity reductions and project durations are dependent on many variables and are subject to change. Northwest will update the schedule as the projects progress and new information becomes

available. 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Pursuant to Article XII of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff, Tennessee is posting notice of an emergent repair issue on the 300-1 Line between STA 219 and MLV 301 located in Mercer County, PA effective for the Gas Day of Friday, March 15, 2019.  Due to results from Tennessee’s ongoing integrity program, Tennessee has identified an anomaly that necessitates pressure reduction on this section of the pipe.  Tennessee is estimating the current impact to be up to 65,000 Dths. Based upon current and recent nominations, restrictions through a pro rata portion of Secondary Out of the Path nominations pathed through STA 307(Segment 307 BH) may be required. 

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

Correspondingly, the previously posted imbalance notice is no longer in effect.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Texas Gas will be performing direct assessments on the North Louisiana Lateral beginning March 25 through April 7, 2019.  Capacity will be limited to 325,000 MMBtu for the Carthage East-West (CEW) segment.

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Effective:  Friday, March 15, 2019 until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zones 4, 5, and 6

Delivery Tolerance %:  10% Due to Shipper and 10% Due From Shipper

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After a blustery week in many portions of the United States, the National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast through March 24 shows a warming trend for the upper Midwest and the Northeast. Portions of the South, though, may still be a little cooler than normal for late March.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

It’s that time of year again!  The annual change to Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 10, 2019.  Please remember to set your clocks forward by one hour beginning Sunday morning.

Welcome to this Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll give you a few news stories from the energy business, a look at the gas pipeline companies’ critical notices, and take a look ahead at the temperature forecast from the National Weather Service.  It is all for FREE from GasNewsOnline.com.

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The US Energy Information Administration reports that working gas in storage decreased by 149 Bcf for the week ending Friday, March 1.  Natural gas stocks in storage were 464 Bcf (or 25%) below the five-year average of 1.85 Tcf for the same week.

The NYMEX April natural gas futures price was holding steady at about $2.84/MMBtu at the Henry Hub in Louisiana on Thursday.  The 12-month NYMEX price strip for natural gas from April, 2019 through March, 2020 has now climbed to around $2.98/MMBtu. 

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On Tuesday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (also known as “ERCOT”) predicted a record electric use this summer in Texas along with an increased chance of energy outage alerts.

“Prior to each season, we consider a range of potential risks to determine whether there will be sufficient capacity to meet the expected peak load forecast,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “In all of the scenarios studied, we identified a potential need to call an energy alert at various times this summer.”

When ERCOT declares an alert, it can then take advantage of additional resources that are only available during scarcity conditions. These resources include demand response products, resources that are normally set aside to provide operating reserves (including contracted load reduction from some industrial facilities), additional generation or imports from neighboring regions and voluntary calls for conservation by consumers.

ERCOT’s current planning reserve margin is a historically low 7.4% while electric demand in the ERCOT region continues to grow. Between 2016 and March 2019, ERCOT set 16 new monthly peak demand records and new all-time system-wide peak demand records in 2016 and 2018.

Total resource capacity for the upcoming summer is expected to be 78,154 MW. The preliminary summer SARA report includes a 74,853 MW summer peak load forecast based on normal summer peak weather conditions for 2003-2017.

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Georgia Power today announced, in collaboration with Georgia Tech, it will build a new 1.4 MW microgrid in Tech Square at Spring and 5th streets in Atlanta. Microgrids are self-contained power systems co-located with the facilities they serve that include generation resources, storage systems and energy management systems.

The Tech Square Microgrid, which was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission and will begin operating this fall, will be used to evaluate how a microgrid can effectively integrate into and operate as part of the overall electrical grid. Additionally, it will serve as a living laboratory for Georgia Tech professors and students who will use the asset to gather data on controllers, cybersecurity devices and energy economics.

The microgrid will provide Georgia Power with insight on how smart energy management systems, such as the one being installed at the CODA data center that is currently under construction, can interact with the grid to achieve optimal utilization of energy. In addition, it will also provide teaching and learning opportunities for Georgia Tech professors and students.

“Georgia Tech and Georgia Power have partnered together on a number of important initiatives over the years, and we are very excited about our latest collaborative effort, the new microgrid in Tech Square,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. “In addition to actually delivering power, it will also serve as a ‘research microgrid,’ allowing Georgia Power, Southern Company, Georgia Tech and other partners to study the microgrid performance and conduct controlled experiments to develop and test new and innovative energy solutions for the future.”

The installation will include fuel cells, battery storage, diesel generators and a natural gas generator, but it is adaptive to new and additional distributed energy resources. It is designed to also accommodate microturbines, solar panels and electric vehicle chargers in the future. All components will be placed on a platform and obscured from view with seven-foot-high fencing and gate access along Williams Street in Atlanta.

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Many of the interstate natural gas pipeline companies are ending their recent critical operational notices as some of the coldest weather takes a breather. Here are a few of the latest postings:

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Pipeline Storage Customers

Reminder – Effective until further notice, ANRPL will continue to only schedule Firm Withdrawal activity from Rate Schedule FSS. As a result, ANRPL will restrict all daily Interruptible Storage Withdrawal activity from Rate Schedules DDS & MBS along with Overrun Withdrawals from Rate Schedule FSS to zero. Overrun Withdrawals are those nominated quantities which are above the Current Maximum Daily Withdrawal Quantity (MDWQ) in effect.

For customers nominating withdrawals from their FSS accounts, please keep your nominated volumes at or below your Current MDWQ. FSS Current MDWQ levels can be viewed in GEMS under the Volumes menu under Contract Storage Balances and also the Storage Ratchet Summary.

Per Part 6.18.12 of the ANRPL Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, Infield Storage Transfer Requests will be restricted if the request results in an increase to ANRPL’s service obligations, such as, but not limited to, requests from either Rate Schedule DDS or MBS to Rate Schedule FSS. All Infield Storage Transfer Requests will be considered on an individual basis.



Dominion Energy Transmission:

Due to current and anticipated system conditions, customers are reminded to monitor contractual storage entitlements and take the necessary steps to manage deliveries within those firm entitlements. Transportation customers are also advised to equalize receipts and deliveries so as to minimize imbalances on DETI’s system. Capability for over-withdrawals, short-term loans, and park payback activity are expected to be very limited or possibly not available. They may be subject to allocation or potential penalties if warranted by an OFO, in accordance with the terms of DETI’s tariff.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 22 SOUTHBOUND – STA 300 VICTORIA – AT OPERATING CAPACITY 

Effective for gas day Thursday, March 7, 2019, and continuing until further notice, Natural is at operating capacity for southbound flow through Compressor Station 300 located in Victoria County, Texas (Natural’s South Texas Zone).  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled.  For scheduling purposes, the South Texas Pool (LOC 25079) is located north of Compressor Station 300.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective Gas Days Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, the Overrun Entitlement for Receiving Party locations north of the Plymouth South constraint point, including the Wenatchee and Spokane Laterals, will be revised from a Stage III (13%) Overrun Entitlement to a Stage II (8%) Entitlement.  Northwest needs to make this change to prepare for maintenance impacts associated with Enbridge’s pig runs.

Beginning Sunday, March 10, Northwest is lifting the Overrun Entitlement for its entire system.

Southern Natural Gas:

Fairburn Force Majeure – Update #4

As posted in Critical Notice 703087, SNG experienced an unscheduled station outage at the Fairburn Compressor Station.  Southern and the manufacturer have determined that Unit #2 can remain in-service while a permanent repair is completed.  SNG will now continue to be able to schedule approximately 210 Mdth/d from the TRNSCO/SNG FAIRBURN TO SNG FAYETTE – PIN 50069 until further notice.  

As a result of Unit #1 still being out of service, a reduction in IT and Out of Path service may be necessary depending on demand until the Fairburn Compressor Station is back to full operating capacity.

We will continue to work diligently to return the station to full service as soon as possible.

This unscheduled outage constitutes an event of Force Majeure under Section 8.3 of the General Terms and Conditions of SNG’s FERC Gas Tariff until further notice.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

Eastbound capacity through TE’s Uniontown compressor station remains at approximately 4,500,000 Dth/d and southbound capacity through Berne remains at approximately 1,600,000 Dth/d.

At this time, TE is currently evaluating the integrity of Line 15 immediately south of Berne as well as Line 10 between Athens and Uniontown. Depending on the results of the integrity investigations, TE anticipates the earliest Line 15 immediately south of the Berne compressor station could be placed back in service is approximately 2-3 weeks.

Furthermore, as previously mentioned, TE has determined that further investigations on Line 10 between its Athens and Uniontown compressor stations are required. TE is continuing these investigations along Line 10 and will post any changes to capacity resulting from these investigations. Due to the proximity of Line 10 to Line 15 and/or Line 25 in various locations along this section, additional isolations of Line 15 or Line 25 may be required to safely investigate Line 10. At this time there has not been any need for additional isolations. If additional isolations are required, it is anticipated to impact south bound capacity through the Berne compressor station and TE will post that information as soon as it is known.

Finally, there are various factors that could potentially change the projected return to full service date, such as but not limited to: weather conditions and any unforeseen existing pipeline conditions that could lengthen the work schedule. Based on progress made to date, TE projects that eastbound capacity through Uniontown could be restored to full capacity in approximately 4-6 weeks and southbound capacity through Berne could return to full capacity in approximately 6-8 weeks.

WBI Energy Transmission (Williston Basin Interstate)

WBI Energy Transmission, Inc. is holding an Open Season for the sale of firm natural gas transportation capacity for the expansion of deliveries to Northern Border Pipeline Company in northwestern North Dakota. The 2020 North Badlands Expansion Project will increase capacity for receipts of natural gas from new or existing receipt points on Line Section 27 for delivery to the NBPL-Spring Creek (D) location. The design of the 2020 North Badlands Expansion Project includes new pipeline, regulation and measurement facilities. The targeted in-service date is February 2020.

The Open Season will commence on March 7, 2019, and conclude at 4:00 PM Central Time on March 14, 2019. Interested parties must complete an Open Season Bid Sheet. Information on the Open Season and the Bid Sheet can be found under Other/Reference/2020 North Badlands Expansion Open Season on WBI Transmission’s Website at transmission.wbienergy.com.

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast is really making Punxatawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring look pretty bad.  Significantly colder than average mid-March temperatures are being forecast for the West Coast, the Rockies, and most areas west of the Mississippi River.  By contrast, the Eastern US may see slightly warmer-than-seasonal temperatures for a few days through March 17. 

That’s a wrap for this Thursday, March 7, 2019 edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return next week to provide an update on natural gas pipeline conditions and the latest energy news. 

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Edition 44 – Monday, March 4, 2019

Welcome to this busy Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  With cold weather gripping much of the United States, we will cover the latest critical postings from the interstate gas pipeline grid along with a few news stories from the energy business, and, of course, take a look ahead at the temperature forecast from the National Weather Service.  It is all FREE from GasNewsOnline.com.

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Cheniere Energy, Inc. and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. announced today that Substantial Completion of Train 1 of the Corpus Christi liquefaction project was achieved on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Commissioning is complete and Bechtel has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 1 to Cheniere.

“Train 1 at Corpus Christi has achieved Substantial Completion, becoming the first liquefaction train placed into operation at a greenfield liquefaction facility in the lower 48 states,” said Jack Fusco, President and CEO of Cheniere. “This momentous achievement was made possible by Cheniere’s professionals and our EPC partner, Bechtel, who worked diligently together to ensure a seamless transition from construction to operations. I’d like to thank the Cheniere team and Bechtel for their world class execution, which has enabled us to continue our impeccable record of bringing trains online safely, ahead of schedule, and within budget.”

“The entire Bechtel team is very proud of our contribution to Cheniere’s success on the U.S. Gulf Coast, as we hand over custody of this historic first Texas LNG train,” said Brendan Bechtel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel. “It was three years ago that we were able to support Cheniere’s entry into the LNG export market with Train 1 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction project. With five trains now completed and operating well ahead of schedule, we are excited to continue working alongside Cheniere to deliver their next wave of trains with the reliability of outcome that Cheniere and Bechtel have become known for delivering. This program is a great example of how a one-team approach can bring world-class results, and I want to congratulate Jack and the Cheniere team for fostering this environment of collaboration and mutual success.”

Under sale and purchase agreements (“SPAs”) with Endesa S.A. and PT Pertamina (Persero), the date of first commercial delivery is expected to occur in June 2019, upon which the term of each of these SPAs commences. Additionally, bridging volumes are expected to begin in June 2019 under an SPA with Iberdrola, S.A.

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Last Friday, Cheniere announced that Midship Pipeline Company, LLC has issued Notice to Proceed to Strike, LLC, M.G. Dyess, Inc., TRC Pipeline Services, LLC, and Cenergy, LLC to construct the Midship natural gas pipeline and related compression and interconnect facilities (the “Midship Project”). The Midship Project received final Notice to Proceed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in February 2019 and is expected to be placed in service by the end of 2019. Midship Pipeline is indirectly and jointly owned by Cheniere and EIG.

To complete financing of the Midship Project, Midship Pipeline entered into senior secured credit facilities with total commitments of up to approximately $680 million. The credit facilities consist of an approximate $615 million construction loan facility and a $65 million revolving credit facility. Proceeds from these credit facilities will be used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing, and placing into service the Midship Project, to fund working capital requirements, and for related general corporate purposes.

The Midship Project is being developed to create pipeline capacity of up to 1,440,000 Dekatherms per day of firm transportation to connect production from the emerging STACK and SCOOP resource plays in the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma to growing Gulf Coast and Southeast markets. The Midship Project is expected to consist of approximately 200 miles of 36 inch diameter new mainline pipeline, several laterals, compressor stations and interconnects that will provide receipts from STACK and SCOOP processing plants and provide deliveries to Bennington, Oklahoma, as well as access to downstream markets including the TexOk hub near Atlanta, Texas, and the Perryville Hub near Tallulah, Louisiana. Midship Pipeline has secured commitments from subsidiaries and/or affiliates of Cheniere, Devon Energy Corporation, Marathon Oil Corporation, and Gulfport Energy Corporation.

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Also on Friday, TransCanada Corporation announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had approved the full in-service of its Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project, allowing the company to increase the flow of gas on MXP and begin operating its Gulf XPress (GXP) project. The projects are a vital link between Appalachian natural gas supplies and growing markets in the U.S. and beyond.

“Mountaineer XPress and Gulf XPress are extremely important to TransCanada as they provide much-needed takeaway capacity for our customers, while also growing our extensive footprint in the Appalachian Basin,” said TransCanada President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling. “Both projects will also deliver attractive long-term returns and stable cash flow for our shareholders.”
                                                         
Designed to deliver clean, affordable, domestically produced natural gas, MXP is comprised of 170 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline, three new compressor stations, and modifications to three existing compressor stations – representing an investment of approximately US$3.2 billion. The pipeline is capable of transporting 2.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the TCO Pool and Leach markets on the Columbia Gas Transmission System. MXP is underpinned by long-term contracts with customers.

Partial in-service of the approximately US $600-million GXP project includes placing into service four new compressor stations located in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Together, these facilities will provide additional capacity of 530,000 million cubic feet of natural gas per day on the Columbia Gulf Transmission System, which equates to approximately 60 percent of the project’s total capacity. GXP is also underpinned by long-term contracts with customers and is expected to be placed into full service in the coming weeks.

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With cold weather gripping the majority of the nation on Monday, several interstate gas pipelines posted operational notices on their electronic bulletin board systems to start the new week:

ANR Pipeline:

ANR is performing planned maintenance at its LaGrange Compressor Station on its Tie-Line located in Indiana in the Northern Fuel Segment (Zone 7). ANR will reduce the LaGrange Westbound location (LOC #314515) capacity by the following:

175-MMcf/d (leaving 525-MMcf/d available) 3/12 – 3/15

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

El Paso Natural Gas:

Pipeline Conditions – Permian Basin Weather Concerns 

The Permian supply basin is experiencing significant underperformance issues related to the winter weather that moved in overnight. Actual receipts into the system are approximately 545 MM below scheduled quantities for Gas Day March 4 (79% of schedule). A combination of freeze-offs and power outages coupled with road closures are impacting the ability of receipt point operators to restore supply to the system.  The Permian Basin overnight lows tomorrow morning are forecast again to be significantly below the seasonal average and additional supply underperformance is anticipated. 

Delivery point operators are encouraged to review their scheduled supplies to ensure that they are aligned with their flowing quantities.  Supply operators are encouraged to maintain their deliveries into the EPNG system at their scheduled rates.  Underperformance caps will be placed on underperforming supplies and if necessary EPNG will declare an SOC for DRAFT condition. 

Imbalance payback off the system, such as Make-Up Delivery (MD) transactions, may be limited or denied due to operational concerns related to maintaining adequate linepack. 

Washington Ranch is fully operational.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Index 300 Maintenance Pig Run:  March 20 – March 21, 2019 and again beginning March 27 – March 28, 2019

Capacity could be impacted by up to 25,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance. Based on current nominations and operational conditions Gulf South does not anticipate any customer impact.

Mobile Bay Delivery Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted by up to 150,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Moss Point System Scheduling Group – Capacity could be impacted up to100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Northern Border Pipeline:

Effective immediately, Northern Border Pipeline is issuing an OFO watch.

Northern Border is concerned about the operational integrity of its system as a result of extremely cold weather. The OFO watch is in effect through gas day March 8th, in order to allow for the Northern Border pipeline system to regain its operational integrity. Northern Border has limited flexibility to manage imbalances and strongly encourages all shippers manage their system requirements to ensure the matching of receipts and deliveries daily. Absent voluntary imbalance management by shippers to ensure daily balancing, Northern Border may be required to take further action, including the immediate issuance of an imbalance Operational Flow Order.

If further action is required, it may be necessary for that action to become effective immediately, with no additional prior notice available.

Northern Natural Gas:

A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 0% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective for gas day Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and until further notice, Northwest is revising its current Overrun Entitlement as follows:

Receiving Party locations north of the Plymouth South constraint point, including the Spokane and Wenatchee laterals, will be revised from a Stage I (3%) Overrun Entitlement to a Stage III (13%) Overrun Entitlement.    

For Receiving Party locations between the Kemmerer compressor and the Plymouth South constraint the Stage II (8%) Overrun Entitlement will be lifted.

Even though the Entitlements are being changed or lifted, Northwest is not allowing balancing off the system. Customers can avoid future Entitlements by procuring sufficient supply for their market needs.

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line:

On Sunday, March 3, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line experienced a rupture downstream of the Centralia Compressor Station. This outage will require a section of the 400 Line to be shut-in for repairs, reducing mainline capacity.

Effective immediately, until further notice, Panhandle will be limiting nominations through Haven to 1,125,000 MMBtu/day, with gas scheduled in accordance with Section 8.8 (c) of Panhandle’s FERC Gas Tariff. This outage will be considered a Force Majeure event pursuant to Section 20 of Panhandle’s FERC Gas Tariff. 

Shippers are encouraged to bring in physical flowing gas from their Primary receipt point, or physical market area receipt meters downstream of this outage in order to avoid the constraint, and potential scheduling reductions of their nominated activity.  

The cold weather restrictions outlined in Critical Notice ID 8196 will remain in effect. Panhandle will be requiring all Enhanced Firm Transportation (EFT) shippers to limit their physical deliveries (takes) to a one-sixteenth hourly rate of the nominated volume. 

Updates on the impact to shipper nominations will be posted as they become available.

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the weather forecast predicting colder temperatures as well as the corresponding increase in projected demand on Southern’s north and south systems, we are notifying all Shippers that the existing Type 3 Level 1 OFO is being upgraded to a Type 3 Level 2 OFO and is also being expanded to include all of the following groups listed below effective the start of the gas day, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 until further notice.
OFO Type 3 Level 2: Daily Demand Exceeds Capacity

TARIFF SECTION 41.2
EFFECTIVE DATE: March 5, 2019
EFFECTIVE TIME of OFO: 9:00 AM (CCT)

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

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

Southern Star Central Pipeline:

System Advisory Notice:

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline is issuing a Storage notice to protect the integrity of SSCGP’s storage facilities. A number of storage customers have inventory levels at or below five percent (5%). This issuance requires all TSS, STS, and FSS customers to have inventories at or above zero (0 %) and asks TSS and STS customers to also ensure they have at least one (1) day of inventory available. Failure to voluntarily comply could result in the issuance of an Operational Flow Order (OFO).

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

EMERGENT REPAIR AT STATION 323A – SEGMENT 324 – EFFECTIVE 3-05-19 

Pursuant to Article XII of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff, Tennessee is posting notice of an emergent repair issue impacting a unit at Station 323A in Pike County, PA. Tennessee has personnel on site and repairs are underway. Tennessee is estimating the current impact to be up to 200,000 Dths at Segment 324 (FH). Based on current nominations, Secondary Out of the Path nominations and Secondary In Path nominations pathed through Segment 324 (FH) are at risk as early as Timely Cycle for the Gas Day of Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Also on Tennessee Gas…

Due to a forecast of colder weather and higher demand moving across most of the system, effective for the Gas Day of Monday, March 4, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C.  (“Tennessee”) is implementing an  OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all of Zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.  

All delivery point operators in all of Zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in all of Zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  In addition, it is essential that delivery point operators schedule gas at meters commensurate with takes within the affected areas.  All LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA and LMS-PL Balancing Parties are required to maintain an actual daily flow rate not exceeding 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dths, whichever is greater for under-deliveries into the system and over-takes from the system. Customers will be assessed a rate of $5.00 plus the applicable Regional Daily Spot Price per dekatherm for that portion of physical quantities related to under-deliveries by receipt point operators and over-takes by delivery point operators which exceed this tolerance. 

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, TE is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 4.3 of the General Terms and Conditions of TE’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00AM CCT Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to all parties, with the exception of those governed by a FERC gas tariff, in Texas Eastern’s Market Area Zone M2-30.

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

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries out of the system. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that exceeds the greater of 2,000 Dth or 102% of scheduled delivery quantities.

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual receipts of gas into the system must be equal to or greater than scheduled receipts into the system. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual receipt quantities that are less than scheduled quantities minus 2,000 Dth or 98% of scheduled receipt quantities.

The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for the geographical region, as defined in Section 8.5(a) of the General Terms and Conditions of TE’s FERC Gas Tariff for the day on which such violation occurred. In addition, TE will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

TE may be required to issue an hourly OFO pursuant to General Terms and Conditions Section 4.3(H) to impose further restrictions in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Below normal temperatures have moved into the Texas Gas service area for the first part of this week. While it is fully expected that all primary firm service obligations will be met, the following services/activities are subject to scheduling reductions until further notice:

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

ISS Withdrawal

FSS Overrun Withdrawal

Interruptible and out-of-path Firm Transportation

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Effective:    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

Tolerance %:  5% for gas Due from Shippers

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day forecast into March 14 is showing that Texas and most areas east of the Mississippi River will show a warming trend while temperatures remain below normal over the Upper Midwest, the Rockies, and the West Coast regions. 

That’s all for this chilly Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  Please come back on Thursday for an update on the interstate gas pipeline conditions expected for the weekend. 

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Edition 43 – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Welcome to this Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll bring you a few publicly-released news stories from the energy business, take a look at the latest interstate natural gas pipeline companies’ critical notices, and check next week’s temperature forecast from the National Weather Service.  It is all for FREE from GasNewsOnline.com.

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From the US Energy Information Administration, working gas in storage for the week ending Friday, February 22 decreased by 166 Bcf from the previous week.  The storage draw was slightly lower than the 171 Bcf estimate made by industry analysts. 

Natural gas volumes in storage are now 424 Bcf (or 21.6%) below the five-year average for the same week. 

In related news, the NYMEX natural gas futures price for April, 2019 was up a penny at about $2.81/MMBtu on Thursday. 

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On Tuesday, Dominion Energy provided the following statement:

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) request for an en banc rehearing related to the Court’s invalidation of the project’s U.S. Forest Service Appalachian Trail crossing authorization.  ACP’s en banc petition was supported by the Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as several prominent industry, labor, and business groups.

“Dominion Energy expects an appeal to be filed to the Supreme Court of the United States in the next 90 days.  The company is also pursuing legislative and administrative options as previously discussed on Dominion Energy’s Feb. 1, 2019 earnings call.  We are confident that the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture have the authority to resolve the Appalachian Trail crossing issue administratively in a manner that satisfies the Court’s stated objection and in a time frame consistent with a restart of at least partial construction during the third quarter.  We will continue to work to resolve the outstanding biological opinion issue as well as any impediments to the project’s crossing of the Appalachian Trail, and believe, as a result, that at least partial construction will recommence in the third quarter of 2019.

“The project cost and timing guidance provided on the company’s Feb. 1 earnings call fully contemplated the possibility of an unsuccessful en banc request.  Therefore, yesterday’s Fourth Circuit decision does not alter our operating EPS guidance as provided to the investment community on that call.  Dominion Energy remains confident in the full completion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline along the entire 600-mile route.”

The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in West Virginia, travel through Virginia with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, VA, and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. Two additional, shorter laterals will connect to two Dominion Energy electric generating facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

Dominion Energy is a 48% owner of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (“WGP”) and Western Gas Partners, LP (“WES”) today announced the completion of their previously announced merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of WGP with and into WES, with WES continuing as the surviving entity and a subsidiary of WGP (the “Merger”). At the effective time of the Merger, each WES common unit (other than certain WES common units held by affiliates of WGP) converted into the right to receive 1.525 WGP common units. Based on the WES units outstanding, WGP issued approximately 234 million WGP common units to WES unitholders in connection with the Merger.

Immediately following the Merger, WGP changed its name to “Western Midstream Partners, LP“, and its common units will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the ticker symbol “WES” when the market opens today. In addition, Western Gas Partners, LP has changed its name to “Western Midstream Operating, LP”, and its common units will no longer trade on the NYSE.

“With the closing of these transformational transactions, Western Midstream has a simple, clean capital structure and offers its customers a uniquely scalable and integrated, multi-commodity solution,” said Robin Fielder, Western Midstream’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a result of our organic growth opportunities and the accretive acquisition of midstream assets completed today, our portfolio is projected to deliver more than 50% Adjusted EBITDA growth year-over-year and generate healthy distribution per unit growth and coverage through 2021 without the need for equity financing.”

Effective upon the closing of the Merger, Messrs. Steven Arnold, Milton Carroll and James Crane, each of whom previously served as an independent director on the Board of Directors of Western Gas Partners, LP’s general partner, joined the Board of Directors of Western Midstream Partners, LP’s general partner.

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CenterPoint Energy Services (CES) has been ranked as the number one major Natural Gas Marketer in Mastio & Company’s recent Natural Gas Marketer Customer Value/Loyalty Benchmarking Study.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Joe Vortherms, CenterPoint Energy’s Competitive Energy Businesses lead. “Our number one ranking is a testament to our employees and their commitment to providing safe and dependable services to our customers.”

CES is a leading provider of a wide range of competitive energy services to meet the unique needs of customers across the United States. CES delivers reliable natural gas and energy services to natural gas utilities, large industrials and municipalities, as well as to other large-volume market segments.

In its 22nd edition report, Mastio analyzed customers’ responses to determine their perceptions about the best supplier based on the company’s prices and the benefits it offers. CES ranked highest in several categories, including reliability of natural gas supply, speed of contract negotiations and the sales team’s knowledge.

The 2018 findings were based on interviews with more than 500 natural gas customers. The analysis also included approximately 2,400 responses to five open-ended questions regarding suppliers. The data was gathered through telephone interviews with key decision makers from August through November 2018.

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On Wednesday, the Board of Directors of Summit Midstream GP, LLC (the “Board”) has named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Leonard Mallett, as President and Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis, effective immediately.

By mutual agreement with the Board, Steve Newby has stepped down as a director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Midstream Partners, LLC (“Summit Investments”) and Summit Midstream GP, LLC (collectively with Summit Investments, “Summit”). Mr. Mallett will maintain his COO responsibilities during this interim period. The Board has engaged an executive recruiting firm to assist it in conducting the search for a permanent CEO.

SMLP is undertaking a series of strategic actions (together referred to as the “Transaction”) to place SMLP in a stronger financial position with increased flexibility to fund accretive growth projects and settle the Deferred Purchase Price Obligation (“DPPO”) by 2020.  Among other things, the Transaction is expected to result in SMLP retaining approximately $85 million of incremental cash flow annually, which will improve its overall credit profile, reduce its cost of capital, and create a more competitive MLP, while significantly reducing its reliance on the public equity capital markets.

The Transaction consists of the following actions:

  • Sale of Tioga Midstream, a non-core gathering system in North Dakota, to affiliates of Hess Infrastructure Partners LP for $90.0 million, subject to customary closing adjustments;
  • Prepayment of $100.0 million of the DPPO and an agreement to fix the remaining obligation due in 2020 at $303.5 million;
  • Elimination of SMLP’s economic General Partner interest and incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”) in exchange for 8.75 million SMLP common units issued to a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Investments; and
  • Establishment of a new distribution policy through the reduction of SMLP’s distribution per common unit to $0.2875 per quarter, beginning with the distribution to be paid in respect of the first quarter of 2019.

Mr. Mallett, interim President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “The Transaction announced today will drive improved operational and financial results with greater emphasis on our core focus areas, including the Utica, Williston, DJ and Permian. We are streamlining our business with a non-core asset sale, a strategy that we intend to dedicate even more focus and attention to evaluating in the near-term.  We are also positioning our balance sheet to fund attractive growth projects in 2019 as well as the DPPO by 2020, and further aligning the General Partner and the Limited Partners with the elimination of the IDRs.  We believe these actions bring notable benefits to SMLP’s credit profile, distribution coverage and cost of capital, which we believe will enhance long-term unitholder value.”

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March is roaring in like a lion as many interstate pipeline companies have posted critical notices related to cold weather for the next few days:

ANR Pipeline:

Attention All ANR Shippers and Storage Customers

Storage – Effective immediately for gas day Thursday 2/27/2019 and until further notice, per Part 6.18.12 of the ANRPL Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, Infield Storage Transfer Requests will be restricted if the request results in an increase to ANRPL’s service obligations, such as, but not limited to, requests from either Rate Schedule DDS or MBS to Rate Schedule FSS. All Infield Storage Transfer Requests will be considered on an individual basis.

Also, effective gas day Saturday 3/2/2019, Timely cycle and continuing thru gas day Wednesday 3/6/2019, in order to preserve system integrity and to ensure ANR is able to meet scheduled delivery commitments to all locations in ML7; ANR is, in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions, declaring an “Extreme Condition” as that term is defined in ANR’s FERC Gas Tariff §6.1, lowering the Swing Percentage from 10% to 5 %.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

With significantly colder temperatures and moisture being forecast beginning Saturday, March 2, 2019, CIG is anticipating an increase in demand on its system which will limit its ability to manage imbalances associated with supply shortfalls. Therefore, when necessary to minimize imbalances and protect system integrity, underperformance caps may be placed on nonperforming receipt points effective until further notice. In addition the following actions will be taken:

NNT overrun withdrawal requests will be allocated to 100,000 dth; Payback OFF the system will not be accepted; Payback ONTO the system will be approved; Absent other capacity concerns, interruptible services may be at risk. 

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC will be commencing service for an additional 750 MDth/d of its Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project capacity effective Gas Day Friday, March 1, 2019.   Nominations will be accepted beginning for the Timely Cycle for Gas Day Friday, March 1, 2019.  Please monitor the Daily Capacity Posting effective for Friday, March 1, 2019 for capacity changes related to MXP. 

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC began service for 530 MDth/d of its Gulf XPress (GXP) project capacity effective Wednesday, February 27, 2019.   Nominations are now being accepted.   

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Due to impending colder weather, in order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, ETNG is issuing a Balancing Alert Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 14.7 of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, February 28, 2019 for all meters east of the Boyds Creek Compressor Station.

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

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

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

Tallulah (LA) Compressor Station Maintenance:  Start date:  February 27, 2019   End Date:  March 9, 2019

Expansion Receipts Upstream Tallulah Scheduling Group.

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential for maximum utilization of northbound firm Main Line capacity causing a potential supply deficiency in the Market Zone, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 and continuing until further notice.

 During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 50% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Friday, March 1, 2019, due to lower than normal forecasted system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Due to the declining deliverability at Jackson Prairie described in Notice # 19-042, and the anticipated reduction of available gas supply at Sumas beginning Wednesday, February 27 as a result of Enbridge work, Shipper compliance with Realignment and Must-Flow OFOs will be critical to avoid issuance of a Supply Shortage OFO.

If there is insufficient gas supply physically available to comply with Must-Flow OFOs, Northwest will issue a Supply Shortage OFO. Non-compliance with a Must-Flow OFO will result in penalties, unless Northwest accepts an affidavit, executed by an officer of Shipper, declaring that gas was physically unavailable for OFO compliance. Northwest will not accept such an affidavit if is aware of the physical availability of supply.

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line:

Weather Alert – Based on current cold weather forecasts, Panhandle is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day Saturday, March 2, 2019, until further notice, Panhandle is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. 

Intraday scheduling reductions may be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities. Shippers are encouraged to submit their nominations for the Timely cycle. Evening and Intraday nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity. 

The following nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity:  Interruptible and Secondary Outside-the-Path.

Similarly, all storage customers are requested to stay at or below their Maximum Daily Withdrawal Quantity (MDWQ). Storage customers should adjust flowing volumes to remain at or below these limits. 

To ensure system integrity, Power Plant Operators must have nominated supply.  Panhandle may limit Auto-Unpark nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Rover Pipeline:

Weather Alert – Based on current cold weather forecasts, Rover is preparing for reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day March 2, 2019, until further notice, Rover is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. Intraday scheduling reductions will be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities.

Rover may limit Auto-Unpark nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Due to severe weather conditions forecasted, Southern Star is issuing a Winter Weather Warning effective Friday, March 01, 2019. The following actions will be taken to preserve system integrity:

Firm Storage withdrawals will be limited to MDWQ (AOS will not be allowed)

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

Storage customers should ensure that their storage balances are at the appropriate levels for the duration of this notice

ISS withdrawals and PLS withdrawals will be unavailable

Incremental Loans will not be available

Imbalance makeup for gas due others (SSC off-system) will not be available

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

Intraday scheduling reductions will be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities.

Operational flexibility will not be available during this time.

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

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

These conditions are expected to remain in effect through Wednesday, March 06, 2019.

Trunkline Gas Company:

Weather Alert – Based on current cold weather forecasts, Trunkline is preparing for increased pipeline utilization and reduced operational flexibility. Effective Gas Day Saturday, March 2, 2019, until further notice, Panhandle is requesting all delivery point operators to minimize over-takes and all receipt point operators to minimize their under-deliveries into the system. 

Intraday scheduling reductions may be implemented to ensure that nominations match actual flowing quantities. Shippers are encouraged to submit their nominations for the Timely cycle. Evening and Intraday nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity. 

The following nominations are subject to scheduling reductions based on nomination levels and physical capacity:  Interruptible and Secondary Outside-the-Path.

Similarly, all storage customers are requested to stay at or below their Maximum Daily Withdrawal Quantity (MDWQ). Storage customers should adjust flowing volumes to remain at or below these limits. 

To ensure system integrity, Power Plant Operators must have nominated supply.  Trunkline may limit Auto-Unpark nominations on the pipeline for the duration of the extreme weather. These limits will be evaluated on a daily basis.

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From the National Weather Service, the six-to-ten day temperature forecast calls for more cold weather for all areas of the lower 48 states except for the desert Southwest and south Texas through March 10.  Brr!!!

That concludes this busy Thursday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  We’ll return on Monday to give you an update on pipeline conditions to start the new work week. 

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Edition 39 – February 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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In other energy news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Applicable Penalties: 

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

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

002424 GREENSBURG CITY GATE

002432 KENTWOOD CITY GATE

002549 MONTPELIER & PINE GROVE CITY GATE

002559 TANGIPAHOA CITY GATE

002583 KENTWOOD BRICK & TILE PLANT

002690 HOLMESVILLE (TO TRANSCO)

013087 TRANSFER @ MONTPELIER / ST HELENA

013456 TRANSFER @ HOLMESVILLE (TRANSCO)

022114 WALTHALL (TO TRANSCO)

022182 MONTPELIER/ST HELENA (TO FGT)

022573 TRANSFER @ WALTHALL (TO TRANSCO)

Kern River Gas Transmission:

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

Kinder Morgan – All Pipelines – DART Business and Training:

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

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

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

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

Midwestern Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

Participant Passcode: 125665

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

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

 During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

Northwest Pipeline:

Northwest is revising its current Overrun Entitlement as follows:

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

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

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

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

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

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

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

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

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edition 37 – Thursday, February 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Shippers

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applicable Penalties: 

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

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

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

40209 Columbia of Pennsylvania (Pleasant Gap)

21305 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (East Coast)

40201 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (PL-1)

40202 Texas Eastern Steckman Ridge

40224 Baltimore Gas and Electric

22000 Washington Gas and Electric

23500 Dominion Cove Point Loudoun

40704 Transco Nokesville

40303 Virginia Natural Gas

22400 Doswell

22500 City of Richmond

22600 VA Electric & Power

22700 Columbia of Virginia

22800 VEPCO (Lady Smith)

22900 Genon Mid-Atlantic (Dickerson)

30016 Panda Stonewall

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest:

GTN OFO Watch (Posted 2/6/19)

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

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

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

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

Kern River Transmission:

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

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

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

 During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Border Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

PG&E – California Gas Transmission:

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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