Thursday, April 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America:

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

Rockies Express Pipeline:

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

Points impacted in Segment 380 are listed below.

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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Edition 37 – Thursday, February 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Shippers

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applicable Penalties: 

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

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

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

40209 Columbia of Pennsylvania (Pleasant Gap)

21305 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (East Coast)

40201 Texas Eastern Chambersburg (PL-1)

40202 Texas Eastern Steckman Ridge

40224 Baltimore Gas and Electric

22000 Washington Gas and Electric

23500 Dominion Cove Point Loudoun

40704 Transco Nokesville

40303 Virginia Natural Gas

22400 Doswell

22500 City of Richmond

22600 VA Electric & Power

22700 Columbia of Virginia

22800 VEPCO (Lady Smith)

22900 Genon Mid-Atlantic (Dickerson)

30016 Panda Stonewall

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest:

GTN OFO Watch (Posted 2/6/19)

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

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

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

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

Kern River Transmission:

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

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

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

 During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Border Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

PG&E – California Gas Transmission:

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

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

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

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

Incremental Loans will be available on a limited basis

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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Edition 35 – Thursday, January 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

TCO will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

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

Florida Gas Transmission:

FEBRUARY 2019 — FGT SUPPLY AREA MAINTENANCE IN ZONE 3

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

Vixen Compressor Station Maintenance

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

Expansion Receipts Upstream Vixen Scheduling Group.

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

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

Mojave Pipeline Company:

Force Majeure Lifted – Mojave-Topock Unit #2 

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

Operational Alert – A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 0% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Friday, February 1, 2019, due to lower than normal system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

Notice ID:  19-014

Subject:  Overrun Entitlement north of Kemmerer for all Receiving Parties

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

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

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX):

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

Sabine Pipeline Company:

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

Maintenance is scheduled to occur February 4 through February 8. 

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (TE) hereby declares a Force Majeure in accordance with Section 17 of the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff. The Force Majeure event is due to an unplanned outage on its 36″ system at the Marietta Compressor Station (Marietta) in Marietta, Pennsylvania which occurred on January 31, 2019. While efforts to repair the compressor station to full capacity are underway, the estimated time of restoration is unclear at this time.

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

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

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

Tolerance %:  10% for gas Due from Shippers

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

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

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

Edition 31 – Thursday, January 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANR Market Area Shippers

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

NOTE:  Takes in excess of Total Firm Entitlements (“TFE”) are penalized on Critical Days based on takes exceeding the aggregate daily amount of gas that TCO is obligated to deliver to a shipper under the shipper’s applicable rate schedule.  Each applicable rate schedule outlines this delivery obligation and, consequently, a shipper’s TFE.  (Notice ID 25678425 posted on December 1, 2015 explains in detail) 

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

Applicable Storage Penalties:

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

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

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

ETNG Operational Flow Order – East of Boyds Creek

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, ETNG is issuing a Balancing Alert Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 14.7 of the General Terms and Conditions of ETNG’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, January 17, 2019 for all meters east of the Boyds Creek Compressor Station.

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

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

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

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

Enable Gas Transmission:

BALANCING OPERATIONAL ALERT

THIS OPERATIONAL ALERT IS BEING ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 20, GT&C, OF EGT S TARIFF TO  ADVISE SHIPPERS SYSTEM WIDE THAT THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN ACTUAL RECEIPTS AND  DELIVERIES COMMENSURATE WITH SCHEDULED VOLUMES, BEGINNING ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 17,  2019 AT 9:00 A.M. AND CONTINUING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

DUE TO FORECASTED HIGH DEMANDS, EGT ANTICIPATES IT MAY BE UNABLE TO SUPPORT IMBALANCE POSITIONS AND MAY REDUCE SCHEDULED QUANTITIES INTRADAY TO BALANCE ACTUAL RECEIPTS AND DELIVERIES NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN SYSTEM DELIVERABILITY AND OPERATIONAL INTEGRITY.

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

THE AVAILABILITY OF BALANCING AND NON-RATABLE SERVICES WILL BE LIMITED.  HOURLY NON- RATABLE NOMINATIONS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED OR WITHIN THE POSTED LIMITS ON EGT S DAILY OPERATING PLAN. EGT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PIPELINE S PRESSURE AND IMBALANCES AND  WILL, IF NECESSARY, TAKE FURTHER ACTIONS, INCLUDING THE ISSUANCE OF ONE OR MORE OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDERS (OFO).  SHIPPERS WHOSE TAKES EXCEED THEIR APPLICABLE SCHEDULED VOLUMES WILL BE SUBJECT TO EXCESS CONTRACT QUANTITIES CHARGES PURSUANT TO EGT’S TARIFF.

EGT WILL SCHEDULE RECEIPTS AND DELIVERIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH EGT’S TARIFF.  THIS

OPERATIONAL ALERT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

Florida Gas Transmission:

Overage Alert Day 25% Tolerance

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

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

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

Gulf Crossing Pipeline:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Gulf Crossing service area over the next few days.

While it is fully expected that all primary firm service obligations will be met, the following services/activities are subject to scheduling reductions until further notice:

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

Interruptible

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Gulf South service area over the next few days.

While it is fully expected that all primary firm service obligations will be met, the following services/activities are subject to scheduling reductions until further notice:

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

ISS and ISS-P Withdrawal

FSS-P Overrun Withdrawal

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

Additionally, Gulf South is requesting all shippers to balance their transportation and storage contracts by conforming receipts into the system with the deliveries being taken from the system, and to receive and deliver quantities at a uniform hourly rate of flow “as practicable”, pursuant to Section 6.7[2.] and 6.7[3.] of Gulf South’s FERC Gas Tariff (Tariff).

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential for maximum utilization of northbound firm Main Line capacity causing a potential supply deficiency in the Market Zone, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and continuing until further notice.

During this time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shippers whose deliveries are affected by any of the Seven (7) conditions above are encouraged to source supply at their primary receipt points, MRT s East Line, MoGas, or reduce applicable delivery volumes.

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDER ISSUED – MARKET DELIVERY ZONE 

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

DAILY 

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

HOURLY 

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

Hourly Rights for Firm Service – 120%

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

Timely/Evening Cycles

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

Intra-Day 1 Cycle

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

Intra-Day 2 Cycle

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

Intra-Day 3 Cycle

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

Hourly Rights for Interruptible Service – 105%

Includes Interruptible and AOR nominations, as well as POA tolerances

Timely/Evening Cycles

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

Intra-Day 1 Cycle

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

Intra-Day 2 Cycle

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

Intra-Day 3 Cycle

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

Limitation on Nominations in All Cycles for Firm and Interruptible Service

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

CHARGES FOR VIOLATIONS OF OFOs  

HOURLY

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

DAILY 

UNATHORIZED OVERRUN

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

BALANCING SERVICE CHARGES

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

Operational Alert – A System Overrun Limitation (SOL) has been called for all Market Area zones (ABC, D and EF) with 50% System Management Service (SMS) available for Gas Day Friday, January 18, 2019, due to lower than normal system weighted temperatures.

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Corporation:

Weather Alert 

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Due to severe weather conditions expected, Southern Star is issuing a Winter Weather Warning effective Saturday, January 19, 2019.

The following actions will be taken to preserve system integrity:

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

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

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

ISS withdrawals and PLS withdrawals will be unavailable.

Incremental Loans will not be available.

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

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

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

Operational flexibility will not be available during this time.

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

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

These conditions are expected to remain in effect through Monday, January 21, 2019. Southern Star will review and provide any changes or updates on the status of its system for the period of this posting.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

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

All delivery point operators east of STA 245 on the 200 Line are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators east of STA 245 on the 200 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  In addition, it is essential that delivery point operators schedule gas at meters commensurate with takes within the affected areas.  All LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA and LMS-PL Balancing Parties are required to maintain an actual daily flow rate not exceeding 2% of scheduled quantities or 500 dths, whichever is greater for under-deliveries into the system and over-takes from the system. Customers will be assessed a rate of $5.00 plus the applicable Regional Daily Spot Price per dekatherm for that portion of physical quantities related to under-deliveries by receipt point operators and over-takes by delivery point operators which exceed this tolerance.

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

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

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

Texas Gas Transmission:

Below normal temperatures are expected to move across the Texas Gas service area over the next few days.

While it is fully expected that all primary firm service obligations will be met, the following services/activities are subject to scheduling reductions until further notice:

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

ISS Withdrawal

FSS Overrun Withdrawal

Interruptible and out-of-path Firm Transportation

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Effective:  Sunday, January 20, 2019 until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zones 4, 5, and 6

Delivery Tolerance %:  5%

Trunkline Gas Company:

Weather Alert 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edition 30 – Monday, January 14, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!   We check-out the latest postings from the interstate natural gas pipelines, the latest corporate filings, and, of course, the temperature forecasts so that you can stay current on your business.  All for FREE!   

First, the weather leads the news this Monday. 

Just last Thursday on our previous post, the late month forecast showed average temperatures across most of the East Coast with colder than average weather in New England.

The National Weather Service has updated their forecast and shows “below average to much below average” temperatures predicted for late January from the Rockies from Canada to the Gulf Coast and eastward to the Atlantic coast states.  Areas from Texas to the Upper Great Lakes are now expected to see temperatures nosedive below normal for most of the second half of January.

As a result of the expanded regions of cold weather expected to linger through the second half of January, the NYMEX gas futures price for February jumped 49 cents today to $3.59/MMBtu.  Just a few days ago, the February gas futures price was less than $3. 

Historically speaking, nothing moves natural gas prices upward or downward quite like significant expected temperature changes.  The revisions to the National Weather Service temperature forecasts showed how quickly the market can and will respond to new information. 

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In the other big news in the energy business on Monday, Pacific Gas & Electric announced that it is planning to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on or about January 29, 2019.

On Sunday, PG&E CEO Geisha Williams stepped down and was replaced by general counsel John Simon, who will serve as the interim CEO.

Today, the company publicly released an announcement concerning these changes:

At PG&E, our single most important responsibility is safety, and we must work harder every day to demonstrate that the safety of the public, our employees and our contractors comes first. PG&E has been part of the California landscape for more than 100 years, and we care deeply about the communities that we serve and where our employees live and work.

We recognize that the devastating and unprecedented Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018 have had a profound impact on our customers and their communities. PG&E faces extensive litigation and significant potential liabilities resulting from these wildfires. It is clear that a solution is needed that enables the continued safe delivery of natural gas and electric service to our customers and supports the orderly, fair and expeditious resolution of PG&E’s potential liabilities resulting from the recent wildfires.

We have determined that a Chapter 11 reorganization is the only viable option for meeting these goals. PG&E is not going out of business. We do not expect any impact to natural gas or electric service for our customers as a result of the Chapter 11 process. We expect this court-supervised process will, among other things:

  • Assure the continued safe delivery of natural gas and electric service for our customers.
  • Enable PG&E to continue its extensive restoration and rebuilding efforts to assist communities affected by the 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires.
  • Support the orderly, fair and expeditious resolution of the potential liabilities resulting from the wildfires.
  • Allow us to work with all of our stakeholders in one forum to address their complex concerns and make appropriate changes.

PG&E’s common stock price dropped by 50% on Monday to finish below $10/share.  As recently as November 7, 2018, the company’s stock price reached $48.80 per share. 

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From the US Energy Information Administration’sNatural Gas Weekly Update” publication dated January 10:

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 91 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 4. Working natural gas stocks are 15% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for the same week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, rose by 11¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.21/MMBtu for the week ending January 9. The price of propane fell by 1%. The price of natural gasoline, butane, isobutane, and ethane rose by 10%, 3%, 2%, and 1% respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, January 1, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 198. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 8 to 877. The total rig count decreased by 8, and it now stands at 1,075.

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Starting the new week, most of the interstate pipeline companies in the Midwest into the Northeast were emerging from a weekend of January snow and cold weather. There were very few new postings on this Monday, so let’s check out the latest from the gas pipeline grid:

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 LIFTED FOR ALL AREAS EAST AND NORTH OF STA 219 EFFECTIVE 1-15-19 

Effective for the Gas Day of Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and until further notice,Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC (“Tennessee”) is lifting the Daily Critical Day 1 OFO for all areas east and north of STA 219 in Zone 4, Zone 5 and Zone 6.  However, it is imperative that customers continue to match physical flows with scheduled volumes in these areas in order to avoid the issuance of any additional actions in these zones.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

The Operational Flow Order – Imbalance (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4 & 5 will be terminated effective January 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM CST. The OFO currently in effect for Zone 6 will continue until further notice.

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

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That’s a wrap for this Monday edition of GasNewsOnline.com.  Please tell your friends about us if they work in the natural gas transportation, scheduling, and marketing business.  Our information is available to you absolutely FREE!  Please also subscribe to our FREE podcast on iTunes.

 

Edition 25 – Thursday, December 20, 2018

Like George Bailey on the bridge in It’s A Wonderful Life, the natural gas business is hoping for a wintertime miracle to give another boost to natural gas prices for the coming year.

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!   We take care of wrapping up the packages of natural gas news and gas pipeline bulletin board postings for you – all for FREEHo, Ho, Ho!

Before we take a look at a large number of critical notices from the interstate pipeline companies, let’s check out some of the latest natural gas news today:

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From the US Energy Information Administration‘s “Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report“, working gas in storage decreased by 141 Bcf from the previous week.   Natural gas stocks were 720 Bcf or 20.6% below the five-year average.

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Oklahoma Gas & Electric, the utility subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp., announced today that it will acquire two existing power plants to meet customers’ energy needs. The plants will replace capacity currently provided by power purchase contracts set to expire in 2019.

The company announced it will acquire the Shady Point plant near Poteau, Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Cogeneration plant in Oklahoma City.

The Shady Point facility is a 360 MW coal- and natural gas-fired plant utilizing circulating fluidized bed boilers that produce lower emissions due to their design features and emissions controls.

The Oklahoma Cogeneration facility is a 146 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant.

The company will pay approximately $53 million for the two plants, which currently serve OG&E customers.

“In the past five years, we’ve completed several critical projects that advance our commitment to deliver energy reliably and affordably to customers in an environmentally responsible way.  Today’s announcement builds on that commitment,” said OGE Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Sean Trauschke. “Our diverse energy portfolio of natural gas, wind, solar and coal gives us the versatility to meet a variety of economic and environmental needs. The result is our electric rates are 29 percent below the national average, which is a driver of economic development, and OGE is among industry leaders in emissions reduction performance.

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ENGIE Resources today announced the acquisition of Plymouth Rock Energy based in Woodmere, NY. The transaction, which has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and became effective December 19, 2018, will enable ENGIE Resources to expand its natural gas and electricity presence in seven states and by more than 20,000 customers.

The combined organization expects to benefit from complementary products, geographies, and systems in addition to shared information technology and billing and service economies.

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The interstate gas pipeline network is getting ready for the long Christmas break by posting a number of critical notices to shippers and customers.  Let’s take a look:

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

In order to maintain the operational integrity of the system, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (AGT) is issuing an Operational Flow Order (OFO) pursuant to Section 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of AGT’s FERC Gas Tariff effective 9:00 AM CCT, December 24, 2018, to all parties, with the exception of those Operational Balancing Agreements required by FERC regulations, on the AGT system.

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

During the effectiveness of this OFO, all parties must be balanced such that actual deliveries of gas out of the system must be equal to or less than scheduled deliveries. The penalty shall apply to each dekatherm of actual delivery quantities that exceeds the greater of 4,000 Dth or 104% of scheduled delivery quantities.  The penalty will be equal to three times the daily Platts Gas Daily “Daily Price Survey” posting for the High Common price for”Algonquin, city-gates” for the day on which such violation occurred as indicated in AGT’s General Terms and Conditions Section 26.8. In addition, AGT will not permit retroactive nominations to avoid an OFO penalty.

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

Effective December 20, 2018 for the ID1 cycle, the Kinder Morgan La. interconnect, Meter 4206 is now designated as bidirectional and available for delivery nominations on Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC (CGT).  This meter is located in Evangeline Parish, LA on CGT’s Mainline.  

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline’s fuel reimbursement rate is changed for January 1,2019 from 1.87% to 1.57% pending FERC approval by the end of December. If there are any changes to the rate, the approved rate will be reposted.

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Line 3100 Outage Update

Enbridge is working with PHMSA towards a timely in-service of East Tennessee Natural Gas’ (ETNG) 22-inch natural gas pipeline impacted by the incident that occurred in Pleasant Shade, Tennessee, on December 15, 2018.

Safety is a fundamental principle in everything we do and we are ensuring all construction and restoration operations are completed safely.  We continue to refine our return to service plan, and currently do not have an estimated time of restoration. 

Enbridge is committed to bringing the affected section of its East Tennessee Natural Gas system back to operation in a safe manner.  We will provide further updates as future milestones are achieved or as circumstances warrant.

El Paso Natural Gas: 

Pipeline Conditions – Weekend Linepack Concerns 

Currently EPNG linepack is within acceptable limits going into the holiday weekend. However, EPNG is concerned that the forecasted milder weather across our service area could result in a high linepack situation. 

Customers are encouraged to review their transport to ensure that their flowing quantities are aligned with their scheduled supplies.   

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

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

Washington Ranch is on maximum injection. 

Payback to the system, such as Make-Up Receipt (MR) transactions, may be limited or denied due to operational concerns related to the potential for a high linepack condition. 

Enable Gas Transmission:

REVISED PLND BYARS LAKE MAIN

New Information Posted December 19th, 2018

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

Effective February 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through February 7, 2019 (previously January 9 through 10), EGT will conduct planned maintenance on its Byars Lake Compressor Station, located in McClain County, Oklahoma and in EGTs West 2 Pooling Area.  During this maintenance, capacity through EGT’s Allen Compressor Station will be limited to approximately 780,000 Dth/d; point operators will experience higher pressure.

Based on current nominations, EGT expects impacts to its services, including potential impacts to firm service.  During the planned maintenance, shippers whose receipts are in the West 1 and West 2 pooling areas West of the Allen Compressor Station should nominate point to point in order to maintain the highest priority level of service.

Gulf South Pipeline:

Olla (Louisiana) Compressor Station Maintenance – Update

Effective date:  December 20, 2018               End Date:  December 28, 2018

For the Marksville Deliveries Scheduling Group, capacity could be impacted by as much as 100,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.

Northern Natural Gas:

In an effort to provide timely and useful information that may impact customers’ decisions regarding nominated volumes, and to assist shippers in scheduling their transportation and storage services, Northern is providing advance notice of the Carlton Sourcing Obligation, System Underrun Limitation (SUL), and System Overrun Limitation (SOL) for the holiday weekend.

Based on temperatures that are currently forecast for the Market Area throughout the holiday weekend, the following system conditions will be in effect to ensure adequate line pack and delivery pressures.

The Carlton Sourcing Obligation will be as follows:

Gas Day Saturday, December 22, 2018, will be 0%

Gas Day Sunday, December 23, 2018, will be 0%

Gas Day Monday, December 24, 2018, will be 0%

Gas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018, will be 0%

Gas Day Wednesday, December 26, 2018, will be 0% 

SUL and SOL status for both the Market and Field Areas will be as follows:  No SUL or SOL 

Holiday Weekend Temperatures Projected to be Warmer-Than-Normal

The likelihood of storage injection allocations is at a higher probability for the extended holiday weekend due to the forecast of warmer than normal temperatures. These conditions could lead to the allocation of interruptible storage injections, including firm deferred delivery overrun injections.

Although Northern does not anticipate calling an SUL, Northern may be required to allocate overperforming receipt points and/or underperforming delivery points located in the Permian basin to actual flowing volumes during an intraday nomination cycle in order to maintain adequate supply/market balance. As performance improves at these receipt and delivery points, allocations would be lifted.

Northwest Pipeline:

Effective December 21-23, 2018, Jackson Prairie will be undergoing maintenance. Nominations that net to an injection or withdrawal of 50,000 Dth/d will be accepted. Northwest requests that customers stay on rate to avoid the issuance of an Entitlement.

Northwest will schedule up to 10,000 Dth at $0.10 for both Park and Loan at JP for December 21-23. 

Northwest is NOT allowing interruptible in or out of JP December 21-23.

Northwest is asking Shippers to voluntarily reduce nomination through the Rangely compressor station to avoid the issuance of an OFO over the holidays. Operational capacity is 370,000 Dth/d. If nominations exceed 370,000 Dth/d Northwest could issue an OFO.

Northwest encourages you to continue scheduling your supply so that sufficient gas is being delivered to Northwest to cover your market.

Northwest Pipeline reserves the right to cut secondary gas to protect the operational integrity of its pipeline. This includes cutting secondary gas at any compressor in a constrained corridor; moving balancing gas to and from Clay Basin and Jackson Prairie; or to minimize OFOs for primary irm shippers.

PG&E – California Gas Transmission:

Due to the completion of maintenance on Line 300 A/B, pipeline inventory limits will be restored to the following ranges starting on today’s gas day, December  20, 2018:

Total System Demand above 2,800 MMcf will change back to 4,350-4,000 MMcf from 4,200-3,850 MMcf

Total System Demand at 2,800 MMcf or below will change back to 4,300-3,900 MMcf from 4,150-3,750 MMcf.

Southern Star Central Pipeline:

Line Segment 130 Force Majeure (UPDATE #13):

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline (Southern Star) posted a Force Majeure Update on Line Segment 130 Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Southern Star continues working to fully restore service for Line Segment 130.

Additional work has been completed, Effective TIM Cycle Gas Day December 20, 2018, and Southern Star will increase capacity at the Kansas Hugoton Receipt constraint to 383,000 Dth/d.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

TE Imbalance Notice – UPDATE

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 and M2-24 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 and M2-24 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

Additionally, TE requires all shippers and point operators in Access Area Zones STX, ETX, WLA and ELA and Market Area Zone M1-30, M2-30 and M3 to carefully review demand for gas and schedule gas consistent with daily needs and to tender and receive gas consistent with confirmed nominations regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

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

This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Trailblazer Pipeline:

TRAILBLAZER MECHANICAL ISSUE–COMPRESSOR STATION 603

Trailblazer Pipeline Company LLC (“Trailblazer”) has recently identified a mechanical issue with one of the two compressor units at Compressor Station 603. The unit is currently unavailable and is not expected to be available until early April 2019.  At this time, secondary firm quantities, as well as ITS/AOR are at risk of not being scheduled.

Trailblazer will post updates as additional information becomes available.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject: Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Beginning:  Friday, December 21, 2018 and until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zones 4, 5, and 6

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

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The National Weather Service has posted its January, 2019 temperature forecast.  The picture shows average to slightly colder than average temperatures across the central and eastern portions of the United States.  The Rockies and West Coast will again see warmer than average weather.

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and enjoy the holiday season!   Please tell a friend in the natural gas transportation business about GasNewsOnline.com!   Subscribe to our FREE audio podcasts on iTunes.

Edition 19 – Thursday, November 29, 2018

Welcome back to GasNewsOnline.com!  We search for publicly released data from a variety of sources to keep you informed about the natural gas pipeline business twice every week.  FREE!

The US Energy Information Administration has provided some good news for most of the gas business in their latest release today.   Alas, Santa may be leaving a lump of coal for producers in the Permian basin of West Texas until additional gas pipeline transportation capacity arrives on the scene next year.

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From the Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly” dated November 29, 2018:

Net withdrawals from working gas totaled 59 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending November 23. The storage pull was less than the analyst estimate of 77 Bcf.

Working natural gas stocks are 3,054 Bcf.  That is 17% lower than the year-ago level and 19% lower than the five-year (2013–17) average for this week.

The Henry Hub, Louisiana average spot price for natural gas has seen four straight weeks of increases. During the past four report weeks, spot prices increased from $3.29/MMBtu to $4.68/MMBtu as most of country experienced generally cooler weather.

Unfortunately, discounting at the Permian Basin trading hub reached a new record low.   Prices at the Waha Hub in West Texas, which is part of the Permian Basin, averaged 46¢/MMBtu on Wednesday!  That is nearly $4/MMBtu lower than Henry Hub prices.  Yesterday’s discount is the highest price difference between the Henry Hub and Permian for the year as excessive gas supplies are trying to access extremely tight gas transportation takeaway capacity.

At the NYMEX, the December 2018 contract rose during the past report week, expiring Wednesday at $4.72/MMBtu. The January 2019 contract price settled down 6 cents on Thursday at about $4.59/MMBtu.

The EIA reported that, for the week ending Wednesday, the natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 63¢/MMBtu.  The liquids price still equates to $6.54/MMBtu, though.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Wednesday, November 21, the natural gas rig count remained flat at 194. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 3 to 885. The total rig count decreased by 3, and now stands at 1,079.

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With cold weather in control of much of the country the past week, it is time to take a look at some of the latest critical information postings from the electronic bulletin boards of the interstate gas pipeline grid:

ANR Pipeline:

Southwest Mainline Capacity Reduction (Updated 11/29/18)
This posting supersedes CN ID #8972

ANR continues its planned and unplanned compressor maintenance at various compressor stations along its Southwest Mainline in Zones 5 and 6.

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

55-MMcf/d (leaving 675-MMcf/d available) 11/29 – 11/30
20-MMcf/d (leaving 710-MMcf/d available) 12/1 – 12/6
55-MMcf/d (leaving 675-MMcf/d available) 12/7 – 12/14
20-MMcf/d (leaving 710-MMcf/d available) 12/15 – 12/31

Since the last posting, ANR has made the following changes. December impacts are now posted as a result of compressor maintenance impact extensions. Future dates adjusted accordingly.

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

 

Columbia Gulf Transmission:

In the event of FERC approval of the TRA rate change filing effective December 1, 2018, Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC (CGT) has reflected the revised retainage fuel rates in Navigates to give customers time to align nominations between their supplies and markets.  As a reminder the proposed rates are as follows:

Mainline –  North to South     1.947%

Mainline –  South to North     0.0%

CGT will keep customers informed when approval is received.

 

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Subject: Storage/MCS/Transportation Imbalances Effective Immediately

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.

  

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC (ETNG) hereby declares a Force Majeure in accordance with Section 24 of the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff. The Force Majeure event is due to an unplanned outage at its Boyds Creek Compressor Station on the 3300 Line in Tennessee which occurred on November 28, 2018.

While repair efforts will commence as soon as possible, the estimated time of restoration is unclear at this time.   ETNG will post updates to the status of repairs as they are known.

 

Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company:

Subject:  Tallulah (LA) Compressor Station Maintenance

Effective:  December 1, 2018 – December 8, 2018 (9AM)

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

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 20 – SOUTH TEXAS (CS 341) – HOT TAP INSTALLATION

On gas day Friday, November 30, 2018, and continuing through gas day Monday, December 3, 2018, Natural will be performing a hot tap installation on the Gulf Coast #1 mainline just south of Compressor Station 341 located in Nueces County, Texas (Segment 20 of Natural’s South Texas Zone).  Natural does not anticipate that this work will impact shippers.

 

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company:

11/29/2018 – Weather Alert – Update #1

Effective immediately, Panhandle has lifted the weather restrictions set forth in Critical Notice ID 8059.

 

PG&E – California Gas Transmission:

Limits on Pipeline Inventory Flexibility

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Due to the start of scheduled maintenance on the Line 300 A/B system, we have reduced flexibility on our pipeline inventory. Beginning gas day November 30, 2018 through February 4, 2019, we will be reducing our upper and lower limits on our pipeline inventory:

Total System Demand above 2,800 MMcf will change from 4,350-4,000 MMcf to 4,200-3,850 MMcf

Total System Demand at 2,800 MMcf or below will change from 4,300-3,900 MMcf to 4,150-3,750 MMcf

With the reduced flexibility on our pipeline inventory, the likelihood of OFOs may increase.

What can shippers do to help avoid OFOs noncompliance charges?

Balance supply and demand daily. Work to ensure that supplies brought in for your customers balance with their daily demands.   Keep an eye on the System Inventory Status information posted on Pipe Ranger.

 

Southern Natural Gas:

The Type 3 Level 1 OFO that was implemented effective November 26, 2018 and expanded November 27, 2018 for the North and South systems will be cancelled effective start of the gas day, Thursday, November 29, 2018 until further notice.

 

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline:

Subject: Winter Weather Advisory — Effective December 04, 2018

Cold weather is being forecasted across much of the Southern Star system beginning Tuesday, December 4, 2018, through Wednesday December 5, 2018. Southern Star is issuing a weather advisory effective gas day Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and requests that operators and shippers monitor weather conditions and ensure their business plans consider the temperatures forecasted.

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

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

 

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Subject: Terminate Operational Flow Order – Scheduling

The Operational Flow Order – Scheduling (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4, 5 & 6 will be terminated effective 9:00 AM CST, Friday, November 30, 2018.

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

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It’s time to check out the extended temperature forecast from the National Weather Service.   The newly updated 8 -14 day map shows the Eastern third of the US back into the freezer for the second week of December.   West of the Rockies, though, temperatures will rise to above normal again.

 

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