Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

Bridgman Northbound (LOC #226632):

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

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

Also on ANR:

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

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

Wilow Run Delivery (DRN #42078)

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

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

Gas Day May 1: 

743093 – Stagecoach-LXP – 55,000 Total Capacity

743103 – Eureka – 200,000 Total Capacity

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

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

Gas Day May 3: 

743093 – Stagecoach-LXP – 55,000 Total Capacity

743103 – Eureka – 200,000 Total Capacity

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

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

Gas Day May 4: 

LXPSEG – LXPSEG MA41 – 550,000 Total Capacity

Gas Day May 6: 

LXPSEG – LXPSEG MA41 – 750,000 Total Capacity

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

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

The facility shut in dates and requirements are as follows:

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

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

El Paso Natural Gas:

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

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

Enable Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

SEGMENT 11 – SOUTH OF STA 106 – AT OPERATING CAPACITY 

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

Also from NGPL:

SEGMENT 13 – STA 107– AT OPERATING CAPACITY

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

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX):

CHANDLERSVILLECOMPRESSOR STATION MAINTENANCE

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

TransColorado Gas Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

Effective:        Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ends:               Until Further Notice

Transactions:  Deliveries

Type:               Due to Shipper

OFO Area(s):  Zones 4, 5, and 6

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day from GasNewsOnline.com!

April temperatures are starting to rise around the country as the annual springtime warm-up is underway.  Today, we’ll take a look at the latest energy news, scan the interstate natural gas pipeline grid, and bring you an update on the six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service

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From the US Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Updatepublication:

Net natural gas injections into storage totaled 92 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending April 12. Working natural gas stocks are 1.247 Tcf, which is  25% 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 21¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.15/MMBtu for the week ending April 17. The price of ethane, propane, butane, isobutane, and natural gasoline all rose, by 7%, 4%, 2%, 2% and 1%, respectively.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, April 9, the natural gas rig count decreased by 5 to 189. The number of oil-directed rigs rose by 2 to 833. The total rig count decreased by 3, and it now stands at 1,022.

At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the price of the May 2019 contract increased by a few cents on Monday to about $2.53/MMBtu. The price of the 12-month strip averaging May 2019 through April 2020 futures contracts is now about $2.75/MMBtu.

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ExxonMobil said today that it signed a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply. Under the agreement, Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 million metric tons per annum of LNG over 20 years as Zhejiang Energy will build a Wenzhou LNG receiving terminal.

“This sales and purchase agreement represents an important milestone and provides a solid foundation for our strategic partnership with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group,” said Peter Clarke, senior vice president of LNG at ExxonMobil.

“ExxonMobil shares Zhejiang Energy’s vision in developing a major LNG gateway in the Ningbo-Zhoushan region,” Clarke said. “We look forward to continuing our support for Zhejiang Energy during the construction, commissioning and operation of its Wenzhou LNG receiving terminal.”

With a long-term commitment to China, ExxonMobil expects to help meet China’s energy needs through its products, technologies, partnerships and investments.

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American Electric Power today announced that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary, AEP Clean Energy Resources, has completed the purchase of Sempra Renewables LLC and its 724 megawatts (MW) of operating wind generation and battery assets for approximately $1.05 billion. AEP will pay Sempra $584 million in cash, which includes $33 million in working capital, and assume $470 million in existing project debt and tax equity obligations, subject to adjustments.

The purchase includes all or part of seven wind farms and one battery installation in seven states. Five of the wind farms are jointly owned with BP Wind Energy. BP Wind Energy will retain its ownership share of those projects.

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

AEP Renewables also recently signed a separate agreement to purchase a 75 percent interest (227 MW) in the Santa Rita East Wind Project currently under construction west of San Angelo, Texas. AEP Renewables will acquire its share of the project upon completion, which is expected in June.

With this acquisition, AEP’s competitive renewable generation portfolio has grown to 1,075 MW of renewable generation in 11 states. It will increase to 1,302 megawatts upon completion of the Santa Rita project.

AEP plans to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent from 2000 emission levels by 2050. The company is developing a more balanced portfolio of power generation to help achieve this target. AEP’s generation capacity has gone from 70 percent coal-fueled in 2005 to 46 percent today. Its natural gas capacity increased from 19 percent in 2005 to 27 percent today, and its renewable generation capacity has increased from 4 percent in 2005 to 16 percent today. AEP’s nuclear generation capacity has increased from 6 percent in 2005 to 7 percent today.

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Late last week, Southern Power, a wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the Nacogdoches Generating Facility to Austin Energy for $460 million.

Southern Power began commercial operation of the Nacogdoches Generating Facility (located about 30 miles NW of Nacogdoches, Texas) in 2012. The 115-megawatt (MW) plant serves electricity needs in Austin, Texas under a long-term power purchase agreement with Austin Energy.  

“The Nacogdoches Generating Facility is one of the largest wood-fired biomass plants in the United States and has been a part of Southern Power’s generation fleet since 2012, demonstrating strong operating performance,” said Southern Power President and CEO, Mark Lantrip.

The $460 million purchase price is subject to customary closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2019, subject to customary closing conditions. Proceeds will be used to strengthen the balance sheet of Southern Company, help meet projected equity needs and further de-risk financing plans.

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After a busy Easter weekend of natural gas pipeline critical notices, there were noticably fewer postings on the pipeline grid to begin the week on Monday.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

Reminder: Limited Daily and Hourly Flexibility:

Due to forecasted temperatures and customer requirements, DETI has determined that daily and hourly flexibility is very limited. Excess takes – daily and hourly – may cause reduced pressures in various areas of the DETI system and jeopardize DETI’s ability to meet its firm service obligations.

Effective immediately, and until further notice, DETI hereby issues a reminder of the prior Alert (prior notice ID 213177) to request the following:

Buyers under DETI’s transportation rate schedules are requested to the extent possible to deliver to DETI and receive natural gas on a uniform hourly flow basis during the day (or 1/24th of the scheduled confirmed nominations for the applicable day or other pre-authorized hourly flow rates accepted by DETI). Any such requests shall be directed to your Interstate Marketing Manager.

In addition, Power Plant Operators are reminded that they must continue to provide information mandated by FERC Order No. 698, which includes the hourly consumption profile of power generation facilities served by DETI. DETI will continue to review and approve the Order No. 698 burn profiles pursuant to the procedures distributed to each agent/power generator and posted on DETI’s EBB. DETI will consider requests for hourly low flexibility on a not unduly discriminatory basis, subject to the projected availability of operational capability and provided further, that the additional flexibility will not impair Operator’s ability to render other nominated and scheduled firm services. Power Generators should direct their requests to the DETI Power Desk. Failure to comply with this Alert could result in the issuance of an OFO.

Southern Natural Gas:

Southern has experienced an unscheduled unit outage at the Muldon compressor station (Mississippi). As a result of this outage, Muldon storage injection capacity of 345 Mdth/d will be limited to 230 Mdth/d.  Return to service is unknown at this time.

We will continue to provide updates as more information is known.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Planned Maintenance – Harrison (Ohio) compressor station

Begins:  June 11, 2019            Ends: June 14, 2019

Texas Gas will be performing turbine inspection maintenance at the Harrison Compressor Station (Ohio). Capacity will be limited to 525,000 MMBtu south through the station for the duration of the maintenance.

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

TransColorado Gas Transmission:

Force Majeure Declared at Blanco Hub Compressor Station – Segment 310

TransColorado Gas Transmission Company, LLC (TC) has experienced a mechanical failure at its Blanco Hub Compressor Station that is affecting TD2 (North Bound) flow.  As such, TC is declaring an event of Force Majeure pursuant to TC’s FERC Gas Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, Section 14.

Effective Timely Cycle (Cycle 1), Gas Day Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, capacity at Blanco Hub Compressor Station will be reduced from 250,000 Dth/day to 150,000 Dth/day in a backhaul direction (South to North).  This reduction will be in effect until further notice.

For scheduling questions, please contact the Nominations and Scheduling hotline at 1-800-238-3764 option 2.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

The Operational Flow Order – Imbalance (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4, 5, & 6 was terminated effective with the start of gas day Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT.

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

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The six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service is showing that the northern tier of states along the entire I-80 and I-90 corridors east to west will see cooler than average temperatures in early May.  Meanwhile, expectations are that warmer than seasonal temperatures can be expected across the Southeast, South Central, and desert Southwest early in May.

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

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