Thursday, May 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

The estimated impact to Firm Primary is as follows:

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

Columbia Gas Transmission:

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

643131 – Corral:

May 21, 2019 – 0 Non-Firm

SHERWODB – Sherwood B MA42:

May 21, 2019 – 940,000 Total Capacity

MXPSEG – MXPSEG MA42:

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

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

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

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

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

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

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

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

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

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

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

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

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

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

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT): 

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

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

Texas Gas Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 6, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com! The battle for control of Anadarko Petroleum has taken another step as one of the suitors has sweetened the pot on Sunday! 

Meanwhile, a variety of springtime temperatures (some cool and others quite warm) have continued to depress the natural gas prices again as we start the week.    

We’ll check the latest interstate pipeline company critical notices plus an update on latest energy news and temperature forecasts into the middle of May, too.

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At the NYMEX, the June 2019 contract closed at about $2.53/MMBtu, down 4¢ from Friday. The price of the 12-month strip averaging June 2019 through May 2020 futures contracts has dropped 6¢ over the past week to about $2.67/MMBtu on Monday.

From the US Energy Information Administration’s “Natural Gas Weekly Update” publication, net injections to working gas in storage totaled 123 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending April 26. Volumes in storage are currently 1.462 Tcf, which is 18% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 1¢, averaging $6.11/MMBtu for the week ending May 1. The price of isobutane, natural gasoline, and butane fell by 1%, 2%, and 3% respectively. The price of propane rose by 2%. The price of ethane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, April 23, the natural gas rig count decreased by 1 to 186. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 20 to 805. The total rig count decreased by 21, and it now stands at 991.

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On Sunday, Occidental Petroleum Corporation delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation setting forth the terms of a revised and significantly enhanced superior proposal to acquire Anadarko for $76.00 per share comprised of $59.00 in cash and 0.2934 shares of Occidental common stock per share of Anadarko common stock.

The revised proposal, which has been unanimously approved by the Occidental Board of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 23.3% to the $61.62 per share value of Chevron’s pending offer as of market close on May 3, 2019.

On April 29, 2019, Anadarko announced its Board of Directors had determined that Occidental’s prior proposal, made on April 24, could reasonably be expected to result in a “Superior Proposal”, and the two companies have engaged since that determination.

Occidental’s President and CEO, Vicki Hollub, said, “We firmly believe that Occidental is uniquely positioned to drive significant value and growth from Anadarko’s highly complementary asset portfolio. This combination will create a global energy leader with the scale and geographic diversification to drive compelling returns to the shareholders of both companies,” she added.

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Williams reported Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project will provide 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas supply to National Grid – the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States. National Grid is converting about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in New York City and Long Island. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project is critical to make these conversions possible, as well as keep up with new development in the area.

“Natural gas is a critical component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs and to help meet its aggressive clean air goals,” said Williams Chief Operating Officer Micheal Dunn. “We appreciate the Commission’s thorough review of this important infrastructure enhancement project, which will help ultimately advance New York City toward meeting the statewide carbon emissions goals outlined in the New York State Energy Plan.”

Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Northeast Supply Enhancement project facilities in the fall of 2019.

Transco is a major provider of cost-effective natural gas services that reach U.S. markets in 12 Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Additional information about the Northeast Supply Enhancement project can be found at www.northeastsupplyenhancement.com.

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Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signed the Department of Energy’s authorization allowing Sempra Energy‘s Port Arthur LNG to export approximately 13.5 million tonnes per annum of U.S.-produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S. during the first U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Energy Forum in Brussels, Belgium.

“I am pleased to announce the order signed authorizing Port Arthur LNG to export up to 1.91 billion cubic feet per day of LNG, to any country that does not have an FTA with the United States,” said Perry. “The United States is in its third consecutive year as a net exporter of natural gas, now exporting domestic LNG to 35 countries. I applaud the American private sector for continuing to reach new milestones and look forward to continued growth in this sector.”

The Port Arthur LNG export project in development in Jefferson County, Texas is expected to include two liquefaction trains, up to three LNG storage tanks and associated facilities.  

Port Arthur LNG is expected to create approximately 3,500 on-site engineering and construction jobs, as well as several hundred jobs in Texas in support of the project, including fabrication and operational jobs. Nearly 200 full-time jobs will be created to operate and maintain Port Arthur LNG facility.

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Now, let’s review the latest critical postings from the electronic bulletin boards of the interstate natural gas pipeline companies:

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

The revised injection capacity at Clay Basin Storage is now 300 Mdth/d plus 25 Mdth/d Park and Loan for a total of 325 Mdth/d.  Storage withdrawal capacity will be 175 Mdth/d.

Enable Gas Transmission:

Effective Tuesday, May 7, 2019, EGT will begin planned maintenance at EGT’s Round Mountain Compressor Station, located in Conway County, Arkansas and in EGT’s North Pooling Area, with an anticipated completion date of May 10, 2019.         

During this period delivery locations East of EGT s Round Mountain Compressor Station should nominate from their MRO locations.  The availability of non-ratable services including EFT will be limited.  Shippers with EFT services should continue to submit their proposed non-ratable burn schedules in line with the normal scheduling process. Such schedules will be approved and scheduled daily, based on EGT s operating conditions for that day.

Delivery meters located East of EGT s Dunn Compressor Station will be limited to primary firm nominations only.

Also on Enable Gas Transmission:

This Operational Alert is being issued pursuant to Section 20, GT&C, of EGT s Tariff to notify its Shippers of upcoming pigging activity on EGT’s Line S system.  Pigging activity will begin May 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., with an anticipated completion date of May 18, 2019.

During this time nominations to delivery meters located in EGT’s South Pooling Area could be impacted.  EGT anticipates impacts to IT Services and possible impacts to Firm Services.

Kern River Gas Transmission:

The force majeure and associated pipe repair at Kern River’s Fillmore compressor station continues. Kern River requires that all customers match their scheduled nominations with physical receipts and deliveries to maintain system integrity.

Kern River does not currently have an estimated return to service date for the entire compressor station facility; however, beginning gas day May 6, 2019 Intraday 1 cycle the operating capacity at the Fillmore compressor station will be increased from 1,995,000 Dth to 2,308,000 Dth.  Kern River will provide updates as new information becomes available.

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL)

STORAGE – Changes/Restrictions

Injections  – Effective for gas day Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Timely Cycle and continuing until further notice, injections above MDQ for DSS and NSS in all zones on the Gulf Coast System will not be scheduled.

Texas Gas Transmission:

Texas Gas will be preforming maintenance at the Youngsville/Henry Hub meter (#2790) beginning May 7 through June 1, 2019. Deliveries to the meter will be unavailable for the duration of the maintenance.  If you have any questions, please contact your customer service representative.

Transwestern Pipeline:

East Mainline Receipts – Capacity reduction

May 7th thru May 11th, 2019 (5 Days) – Total capacity for East Mainline receipt volumes (West flow) will be reduced from 750,000 MMBtu/d to approximately 550,000 MMBtu/d. Perform verification digs to confirm pipe anomalies that were detected from an ILI Smart Tool run in the Section 9 – Mainline system from Roswell, NM to Station 8 (Corona, NM). 

This maintenance could affect receipt volumes from the West Texas & Panhandle Laterals flowing through the East Mainline system.

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The National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature outlook continues to show that Pacific Northwest and parts of the Southeastern US should see warmer than seasonal temperatures through May 16.  In between, normal to cooler than average weather patterns should dominate most regions from West Texas into New England. 

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

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  With the month of May nearly upon us, warmer temperatures across much of the country are starting to cause the air conditioners to come online again and, with it, more electric generation utilizing natural gas for the summer season.

Today, we’ll take a look at the latest energy news, scan the interstate natural gas pipeline grid, and bring you the updated 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 injections into working gas totaled 92 Bcf for the week ending April 19. Working natural gas stocks are 1.339 Tcf, which is 22% lower than the five-year (2014–18) average for this week.

The NYMEX natural gas futures price beginning June, 2019 added two cents on Monday to finish the day a little more than $2.59/MMBtu.  The 12-month price strip from June, 2019 to May, 2020 is now $2.73/MMBtu.

The natural gas plant liquids composite price at Mont Belvieu, Texas, fell by 3¢/MMBtu, averaging $6.12/MMBtu for the week ending April 24. The price of propane fell by 3%. The price of natural gasoline and ethane rose by 2% and 1%, respectively. The price of butane and isobutane remained flat week over week.

According to Baker Hughes, for the week ending Tuesday, April 16, the natural gas rig count decreased by 2 to 187. The number of oil-directed rigs fell by 8 to 825. The total rig count decreased by 10, and it now stands at 1,012.

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced that it intends to resume negotiations with Occidental Petroleum Corporation in response to Occidental’s proposal to acquire Anadarko, which was announced by Occidental on April 24, 2019 (the “Occidental Proposal”). As disclosed previously, Anadarko entered into a definitive merger agreement with Chevron Corporation on April 11, 2019 (the “Chevron Merger Agreement”).

Anadarko is resuming its earlier negotiations with Occidental because Anadarko’s board of directors, following consultation with its financial and legal advisors, has unanimously determined that the Occidental Proposal could reasonably be expected to result in a “Superior Proposal” as defined in the Chevron Merger Agreement. The Occidental Proposal reflects significant improvement with respect to indicative value, terms and conditions, and closing certainty as compared to any previous proposal Occidental made to Anadarko.

Under the Occidental Proposal, Occidental would acquire Anadarko in a transaction with consideration comprised of $38.00 in cash and 0.6094 of a share of Occidental common stock per share of Anadarko common stock. 

Under the Chevron Merger Agreement, Chevron would acquire Anadarko in a transaction with consideration comprised of $16.25 in cash and 0.3869 of a share of Chevron common stock per share of Anadarko common stock.

The Anadarko board’s determination allows Anadarko to resume negotiations with Occidental in accordance with the Chevron Merger Agreement. The Chevron Merger Agreement remains in effect and accordingly the Anadarko board reaffirms its existing recommendation of the transaction with Chevron at this time.

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American Midstream Partners, LP announced Friday that Lynn Bourdon III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Midstream GP, LLC, the (“General Partner”) of American Midstream Partners, LP, notified the Partnership of his decision to resign effective May 3, 2019.

Jake Erhard, Partner at ArcLight Capital Partners stated, “On behalf of ArcLight and the entire Board of the General Partner, I would like to thank Lynn for his leadership and numerous contributions to the Partnership during a difficult environment over the past four years.  It has been a pleasure to work with Lynn and gain from his industry knowledge and management expertise.  As the Partnership transitions to private operatorship, we understand Lynn’s desire to move on and wish him success in his future endeavors.”

Lynn Bourdon III stated, “With the impending transformation of AMID, I believe the timing is right for me to step aside and let ArcLight manage the company in a private setting.  The past few years have been challenging for small capitalization MLPs, and the exceptional support ArcLight provided has been critical to the Partnership’s successes during this time.  I am grateful to have been involved in AMID’s significant accomplishments and believe the management team, along with the men and women delivering exceptional service to AMID’s customers, will continue to drive the Partnership’s progress in achieving its goals.”

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Oklahoma City-based producer, Roan Resources, Inc. today announced that it has received multiple unsolicited indications of interest to purchase the Company. In addition, the Company has also received indications of interest for in-basin consolidation opportunities. In response to the unsolicited indications of interests, the Company has formed a transactional working committee (the “Committee”) of its Board to evaluate a potential sale or merger of the Company.

The Committee is considering all potential merger and acquisition opportunities to assist the Board in maximizing shareholder value and will act in the best interest of all its shareholders. In order to assist the Committee in evaluating any potential sale or merger of the Company, it will mandate an investment bank in the near future.

Joseph A. Mills, Roan’s Executive Chairman of the Board stated, “We are focused on executing and delivering on our strategic objectives in the near and medium term. We will consider all potential consolidation opportunities as well as the inbound expressions of interest to purchase the Company. We believe consolidation in the core of the basin through a sale or merger combination could be value enhancing on many levels and could provide a more expeditious path to maximizing long term shareholder value.”

There can be no assurance that such evaluation will result in one or more transactions or other strategic change or outcome. The Company has not set a timetable for the conclusion of its evaluation of strategic alternatives, and it does not intend to comment further unless and until the Board has approved a specific course of action or the Company has otherwise determined that further disclosure is appropriate or required by law.

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As the seasonal transition into warmer temperatures and, along with it, natural gas pipeline maintenance projects, let’s take a look at the latest critical postings from the interstate natural gas pipeline grid:

ANR Pipeline:

Southwest Mainline Capacity Reduction – planned maintenance at the Havensville compressor station.

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

90-MMcf/d (leaving 600-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/2

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

El Paso Natural Gas:

The Force Majeure event that was declared on April 17, 2019 for the Cimarron Compressor Station (Unit 1) has been resolved.  The available capacity through the Cimarron constraint will be increased to 592,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day effective Intraday 1 (Cycle 3) for April 29, 2019.

Gulf South Pipeline:

N. Houston (Texas) Compressor Station Maintenance:  Begins: 4/29/19       Ends:  6/10/19

West 30″ North from Clarence 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 for questions.

Southern Natural Gas:

Southern is conducting unscheduled maintenance at our Bear Creek facility (North Louisiana) on a dehydration unit through 5-24-19.  Withdrawal will be limited to 600 Mdth/d.  We do not anticipate an operational impact to customers at this time.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (“Tennessee”) will be hosting a WebEx meeting to provide customers and other interested parties an overview of Tennessee’s upcoming Summer Scheduled Maintenance for the months of June, July and August 2019 on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 1:30 PM  CCT to 2:30 PM CCT via WebEx only.  There will be a question and answer segment immediately following.

For further information, please check the Tennessee Gas Pipeline EBB for the posting of April 29, 2019.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

Transco is conducting unplanned maintenance on the Southwest Louisiana Lateral in association with Job #23 on the Transco 2019 Planned Outage and Maintenance Summary.  Currently the following locations are unable to flow.  Beginning May 1, 2019, Transco will not be confirming nominations at these locations:

Vinton – FGT             Loc. #:  1006304         Meter 4381      Delivery

Vinton – Starks           Loc. #:  1006349         Meter 4374      Delivery

Also on Transco: 

The Operational Flow Order – Imbalance (OFO) currently in effect on the Transco system in Zones 4, 5, & 6 has been terminated effective with the start of gas day Monday, April 29, 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.

Vector Pipeline:

Nominations into the new delivery point with Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) at the Marshall, Michigan Interconnection (located at Mile Post 186.5) will be available beginning Gas Day May 1, 2019.

For questions concerning this notice, or pricing of any transportation services to this point, please contact Matt Malinowski (734-462-0236) or Dennis Scheibe (734-462-7622).

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The latest six-to-ten day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service shows that areas east of the Mississippi River will have a warmer-than-average beginning to the month of May.  Meanwhile, the northern plains and Rockies regions may see below seasonal temperatures into the second week of 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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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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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Welcome to a very busy Easter weekend edition of GasNewsOnline.com!  There are a host of critical notices from several of the country’s interstate natural gas pipeline companies about issues relating to changes in pipeline operating conditions. 

Plus, we’ll also update you on the latest publicly released news of the day and provide the first glimpse of May’s expected temperatures from the National Weather Service, too.  

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Working natural gas in storage was 1.247 Tcf as of Friday, April 12, 2019, according to US Energy Information Administration estimates. This represents a net increase of 92 Bcf (which was 5 Bcf greater than analyst estimates). 

Natural gas stocks were 414 Bcf (or 26%) below the five-year average for the same week. 

On the NYMEX, the May, 2019 natural gas futures price reacted to the news and was down about three cents on Thursday at approximately $2.49/MMBtu.   Natural gas prices declined to their lowest level in nearly three years due to a seasonal lull in heating and cooling demand combined with surging gas supplies. 

It is interesting to note that not a single month of today’s NYMEX natural gas futures strip (through April, 2021) showed a natural gas price above $3.00/MMBtu.

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During today’s quarterly earnings release and conference call, Kinder Morgan provided an update on a few natural gas pipeline projects currently in progress:

In the Permian area, construction continues on the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (GCX) project. The remaining 40 miles of the 36-inch Midland lateral was placed in service at the beginning of April 2019. Construction is progressing well on the 42-inch mainline and compressor stations associated with the project, which remains on schedule for a full in-service date of October 2019.

The approximately $1.75 billion project is designed to transport about 2.0 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Agua Dulce, Texas area, and is fully subscribed under long-term, binding agreements.

Progress also continues on the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project . The civil and environmental surveys are substantially complete, and the land acquisition process is underway.

The approximately $2 billion PHP Project is designed to transport up to 2.1 Bcf/d of natural gas through approximately 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas area to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets and is expected to be in service in October 2020, pending regulatory approvals.

On the East Coast, the first of ten liquefaction units of the nearly $2 billion Elba Liquefaction Project is expected to be placed in service by approximately May 1, 2019. The remaining nine units are expected to be placed in service sequentially, one per month thereafter.

The federally approved project at the existing Southern LNG Company facility at Elba Island near Savannah, Georgia, will have a total liquefaction capacity of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, equivalent to approximately 350 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

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In summary, many interstate natural gas pipelines have posted critical notices to shippers requiring that they do not create pipeline imbalances caused by lack of market demand during the upcoming Easter holiday weekend.  Let’s review… 

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT) has limited operational flexibility to manage imbalances. Effective 9:00 AM CCT, Friday, April 19, 2019, AGT requires all delivery point operators keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

All receipt point operators are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position unless otherwise coordinated with your operations account representative.

ANR Pipeline:

Southwest Mainline Capacity Reduction (Posted 4/18/19)

ANR will begin planned maintenance at the Havensville compressor station between April 29 and May 2.  The total SWML Northbound (LOC#226630) capacity will be reduced by the following:

90-MMcf/d (leaving 600-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/2

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

Also from ANR:

SW Area Capacity Restriction (Posted 4/18/19)

From April 29th through May 4th, ANR will perform planned pipeline maintenance between its E.G. Hill and Gageby Compressor Stations in the Southwest Area (Zone 4). As a result, ANR will shut-in the Beaver-CIG (REC FR CIG) receipt point, DRN #16435.

The total E.G. Hill from Gageby (LOC #226643) capacity will be reduced by the following:

50-MMcf/d (leaving 175-MMcf/d available) 4/29 – 5/4

Based on current nominations, it is anticipated the above reductions will result in the curtailment of nominations associated with IT and Firm Catalog Receipt points in the affected area.  Also, interconnects along this segment may experience higher line pressures.

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

In response to continuing and prolific natural gas production growth in the Denver-Julesburg Basin – and the mounting market need for timely transportation capacity – Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C. (CIG) is conducting a binding Open Season for additional firm capacity to be made available by approximately November 1, 2019.  The additional transportation capacity offered in this Open Season will have primary receipt rights into CIG’s 5C Line north of a proposed new interconnection (“High Five Meter Station”) with CIG’s High Plains Lateral to be constructed at approximately milepost 29, and will have primary delivery rights at the High Five Meter Station of the CIG 5C Line and the Wyoming Interstate Company, L.L.C. (“WIC”) facilities at Bowie. 

For more details, please check the CIG Electronic Bulletin Board.  The posting is dated April 18, 2019.

This binding Open Season will commence today (April 18, 2019) and is scheduled to close at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time on May 8, 2019.  CIG intends to provide notification of capacity awards by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on May 9, 2019.

Questions concerning this Open Season should be directed to:  Greg Ruben (713-520-4870) or Laine Lobban (719-520-4344). 

Columbia Gas Transmission:

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (TCO) reminds customers of a station power outage at the Cobb Compressor Station scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 through Sunday, April 28, 2019.   

Due to this maintenance, the below internal constraints will be set to Zero Total Capacity.  All production will be shut-in with the exception of a limited quantity that may be needed to serve localized markets. 

Cobb South MA18 (A03SOUTH)

Cobb Northeast MA18 (A03NORTH)

Cobb Northwest MA18 (A03LOW)

Cobb Line H (A03LINEH)

Cobb CS MA18 (COBBA03) 

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

Boyds Creek Compressor Station Outage – April 23 – 24

ETNG will be conducting a compressor station outage at its Boyds Creek Compressor Station (Boyds) on the 3300 line. During this outage, west to east capacity through Boyds will be reduced to approximately 80,000 Dth per day.

Based on historical nominations, restrictions may be required for interruptible and secondary services and potentially primary firm services.

Enable Gas Transmission:

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 Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. and continuing until further notice.

Due to limited storage capacity, 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.

The availability of balancing and non-ratable services will be limited.  Hourly non-ratable nominations, as well as the use of imbalance positions 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).

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.

Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN):

May 2019- GTN Fuel and Line Loss Percentage

Pursuant to Gas Transmission Northwest’s (GTN) Tariffed Fuel Adjustments Provision, for the period of May 01, 2019 through May 31, 2019, a fuel usage rate of 0.0021% per Dth/mile will be in effect.

This percentage is inclusive of GTN’s current fuel and line loss surcharge of 0.0000% per Dth per pipeline mile, which is in effect through December 31, 2019, in accordance with GTN’s approved tariff provision, “Adjustment Mechanism for Fuel, Line Loss, and Other Unaccounted For Gas.”

Gulf South Pipeline:

Index 818 I.L.I. Pig Run – Begins April 23, 2019 – Ends April 24, 2019

Expansion Area 19 (Mississippi) Delivery Scheduling Group.- Capacity could be impacted by as much as 300,000 dth/d for the duration of the maintenance.  Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP):

SEGMENT 140 – MLV #7 – AT OPERATING CAPACITY 

Effective for gas day Friday, April 19, 2019, Timely Cycle, and continuing until further notice, KMLP is at operating capacity for gas going southbound through Segment 140, located in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana.  AOR/ITS and Secondary out-of-path Firm transports are at risk of not being fully scheduled. 

Mississippi River Transmission (MRT):

Due to the potential negative impact of significant shipper long imbalance positions on MRT storage withdrawal operations, MRT is issuing a System Protection Warning (SPW) effective 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, and continuing until further notice.

During this time:

1) Shippers should avoid daily long imbalance positions

2) MRT may not schedule any nominations that result in a daily long position.

3) MRT may not accept any makeup of short positions

4) MRT may not schedule nominations that result in counter-seasonal injection.

Failure to comply with this SPW may result in the issuance of an OFO.  Nominations will be confirmed and scheduled in accordance with MRT s Tariff.

Southern Natural Gas:

Based on the current milder weather forecast and projected demand on Southern’s system for the Holiday weekend, we are implementing an OFO Type 6 for long imbalances on Southern’s contiguous pipeline system effective for the start of the gas day, Friday, April 19, 2019, and until further notice. In order to maintain the operational integrity of Southern’s system, it is essential that Shippers and Poolers remain in balance (including their available no-notice injection entitlements).

The OFO Type 6 order will subject each Shipper/Pooler to the following tiered imbalance penalties:

Daily Imbalance Penalty
(Percent of Allocated Deliveries ) ( Per Dth )

0 – 2% or < 200 dth No Penalty
> 2 – 5% $1.00
> 5 – 8% $ 5.00
> 8% $15.00

Since the projected operational conditions are affected by receipts exceeding deliveries, the penalty will apply only to each Shipper/Pooler that has a net long imbalance (i.e., the party’s total allocated receipts exceed total allocated deliveries including available no-notice storage injections).

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL OF ZONES L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6 EFFECTIVE 4-19-19 

Due to forecasted milder weather, storage fields on test and anticipated lower demand for the holiday weekend, effective for the Gas Day of Friday, April 19, 2019, and until further notice, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C.  (“Tennessee”) is implementing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all of Zones L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.  

All delivery point operators in all of Zones L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or greater than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in all of Zones L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to keep actual daily receipts into the system equal to or less 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 over-deliveries into the system and under-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 over-deliveries by receipt point operators and under-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.

Trailblazer Pipeline Company:

TRAILBLAZER MECHANICAL ISSUE–COMPRESSOR STATION 603–UPDATE #1

Trailblazer Pipeline Company LLC (“Trailblazer”) 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 late May, 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.  For questions, please call your Account Director or Scheduling Representative.

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:        Friday, April 19, 2018

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 has published their first glimpse at the temperature forecast from the month of May.  It shows that the East and West coast areas could see above normal temperatures next month, while the majority of the midsection of the US is predicted to have normal to slightly below seasonal temperatures during the month of May.

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

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Happy Easter!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Welcome to GasNewsOnline.com!  With today being the first day of April, it also marks the official end of the traditional natural gas pipeline winter season, too. 

The National Weather Service temperature forecast is also predicting a rise in springtime temperatures coming by next weekend, too!  We’ll cover the weather at the end of this post, so let’s get started with latest energy news: 

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Vanguard Natural Resources, Inc. (together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, collectively, “Vanguard” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has voluntarily filed petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (the “Court”).

The Company has obtained a committed $130 million debtor-in-possession financing facility (the “DIP Facility”), which contemplates $65.0 million in new money, up to $20.0 million of which will become immediately available upon Bankruptcy Court approval and $65.0 million of which will roll up obligations in respect of revolving loans under the Company’s existing credit agreement.  The DIP Facility is underwritten by Citibank, N.A. Subject to Court approval, this DIP financing, combined with the Company’s cash from operations, is expected to provide sufficient liquidity during the chapter 11 cases to support its continuing business operations and minimize disruption.

Mr. R. Scott Sloan, President and CEO, commented, “The restructuring steps that we have announced today are necessary to attain a capital structure which is suitable for Vanguard’s assets and future business strategy.  We are now focused on expediting an efficient in-court restructuring, maintaining our operational momentum and upholding our obligations to our employees and vital vendors and stakeholders.”

Vanguard has filed a series of motions with the court that, when granted, are expected to generally enable the company to maintain its operations as usual throughout the restructuring process. Included in these first day motions are requests to continue to pay employee wages, honor existing employee benefit programs, continue to pay taxes, and pay royalties to mineral owners under the terms of the applicable agreements.

The Company has also filed motions seeking authority to pay expenses associated with its operations and drilling and completion activities, as well as costs associated with gathering, processing, transportation, marketing and those related to joint interest billing for non-operated properties.

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Over the weekend, Sempra Energy announced that its LNG subsidiary Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG received two authorizations from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export U.S. produced natural gas to Mexico and to re-export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (non-FTA) with the U.S., from its Phase 1 and Phase 2 liquefaction-export facilities in development in Baja California, Mexico.

“The authorizations are another step forward in the development of this project that could bring many benefits for Mexico, U.S. natural gas producers and our customers and partners in greater Asia,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure. “We are pleased to continue to advance the development of ECA LNG, which can uniquely meet the energy needs of isolated markets in Mexico and customers in Asia.”

ECA LNG Phase 1 development opportunity is a single train LNG facility to be located adjacent to the existing LNG receipt terminal. It is expected to utilize current LNG storage tanks, marine berth and associated facilities. Phase 2 of the project will include the addition of two trains and one LNG storage tank. The DOE authorizations allow the export of 636 billion cubic feet (Bcf) a year of U.S. sourced LNG from these infrastructure projects. Phase 2 of the project will require additional DOE approval in order to export its full expected capacity.

The existing ECA receipt terminal was the first LNG receipt terminal constructed on North America’s West Coast. Located about 15 miles north of Ensenada, Baja California, it began commercial operations in 2008 and is capable of processing up to 1 Bcf of natural gas per day.

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There were a variety of critical interstate natural gas pipeline postings for the week(s) ahead. Let’s check the latest from the interstate pipeline grid:

ANR Pipeline:

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

Brownsville Southbound (LOC #1260569):

230-MMcf/d (leaving 900-MMcf/d available) 4/22 – 4/26

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

Colorado Interstate Gas Company’s (CIG’s) Totem Storage Field will undergo scheduled reservoir maintenance commencing on May 2, 2019 and continuing through May 9, 2019. Pursuant to GT&C, Section 11.6 of CIG’s FERC Gas Tariff, no injections or withdrawals will be supported at the Kiowa Creek Meter Station (800338-KCS) during the reservoir maintenance period.

Dominion Energy Transmission:

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

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline, LLC (DEQP) has updated the 2019 Construction and Maintenance Schedule located on DEQP’s website.

Period: April
Category: Reservoir Test
Preliminary Dates: April 2 – 10
Location: Clay Basin
Project: Annual Withdrawal Test
Possible Customer Impact: April 2, constant 275 MMcf/d WD rate
April 3, constant 325 MMcf/d WD rate   and April 4-10, Reservoir shut-in
Duration: 9 days

Gulf South Pipeline:

Harrisville (Mississippi) Compressor Station Maintenance:  Begins April 15 – Ends April 20, 2019

Expansion Area 19 Delivery Scheduling Group

Based on current nominations, capacity could be impacted by up to 200,000 dth/d to all services other than primary firm for the duration of the maintenance. Please contact your customer service representative if you have any questions.

Southern Natural Gas:

The planned unit outages at the Thomaston (Georgia) compressor station that was scheduled for 3-27-19 and 3-28-19 has been rescheduled to 4-3-19 and 4-4-19.

Segment 490 (Thomaston C/S) capacity of 1,502 Mdth/d could be impacted up to 114 Mdth/d.  IT and Out of Path nominations could be impacted depending on demand.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

OFO DAILY CRITICAL DAY 1 FOR ALL AREAS SOUTH OF STA 1 EFFECTIVE 4-1-19

Due to upcoming scheduled maintenance, in order to protect system integrity and firm service obligations,for the Gas Day of Monday, April 1, 2019, Tennessee is implementing an OFO Daily Critical Day 1 for all areas south of STA 1 (South Texas) for all Balancing Parties (including LMS-PA, SA contracts acting as balancing parties, LMS-MA, and LMS-PL balancing parties).  This action is pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee’s FERC Gas Tariff.  

All delivery point operators in all areas south of STA 1 are required to keep actual daily takes out of the system equal to or less than scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.  All receipt point operators in all areas south of STA 1 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.

Also from Tennessee Gas:

TGP SUMMER MAINTENANCE/ WEBEX UPDATE 4-16-19

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (“Tennessee”) will be hosting a WebEx meeting to provide customers and other interested parties an overview of Tennessee’s upcoming Summer Scheduled Maintenance for the months of May, June and July 2019 on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 1:30 PM  CCT to 2:30 PM CCT via WebEx only.  There will be a question and answer segment immediately following.  Please review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline EBB posting dated April 1, 2019 for more details.

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

As previously posted, TE is currently evaluating the integrity of Line 15 immediately south of Berne (valve section 7) as well as Line 10 between Athens and Uniontown. There are various factors that could potentially change the projected return to full service date, such as but not limited to: weather conditions, receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals and any unforeseen existing pipeline conditions that could lengthen the work schedule.

Based on progress made to date, TE projects that:

Line 10 between Holbrook to Uniontown is targeted for returned to full service by the middle of May. At that time, eastbound capacity through Uniontown would be restored to full capacity.

Athens to Holbrook Line 10 and Athens to Berne Line 15 Valve Section 7 is targeted for return to service between April 3 and April 6.

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco)

On March 26, 2019, the Commission approved the fuel percentages included in Transco’s annual fuel tracker filing proposed effective April 1, 2019. The revised fuel retention percentages can be found in the rates matrices contained in Transco’s 1Line Informational Postings –Regulatory section.

Transwestern Pipeline:

Thoreau Mainline West System Capacity – Station 4 (Arizona) – Unit 402 Compressor re-grout project.

Effective:  Gas Day April 9th thru April 30th, 2019 (22 Days)
Thoreau Mainline West System capacity will be reduced from 1,240,000 MMBtu/d to approximately 1,100,000 MMBtu/d.   Based on current scheduled volumes on the Thoreau Mainline West System, this maintenance may not impact any scheduled volumes during this timeframe.

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The updated National Weather Service six-to-ten day temperature forecast shows an April warm-up is on the way for next week.  Temperatures should rise above seasonal averages for all portions of the continental United States except for portions of the Pacific Northwest.  Get your lawn mower ready!

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

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

This OFO will remain in effect until further notice.

ANR Pipeline:

Attn: All ANRPL FSS Customers

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

Also from ANR:

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

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

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

Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline:

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

Enable Gas Transmission:

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

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

Great Lakes Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

Gulf Crossing Pipeline:

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

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

Interruptible

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

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

MidContinent Express Pipeline (MEP):

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco):

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy “Pi” Day!

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

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

Algonquin Gas Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG):

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

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

Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission:

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

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

East Tennessee Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL):

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

Also from NGPL:

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

available. 

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

Texas Gas Transmission:

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

Effective:  Friday, March 15, 2019 until further notice

OFO Areas:  Zones 4, 5, and 6

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

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

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Edition 44 – Monday, March 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANR Pipeline:

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

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

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

El Paso Natural Gas:

Pipeline Conditions – Permian Basin Weather Concerns 

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

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

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

Washington Ranch is fully operational.

Gulf South Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Northern Border Pipeline:

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

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

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

Northern Natural Gas:

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

Northwest Pipeline:

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

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

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

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

Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line:

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Natural Gas:

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

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

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

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

Southern Star Central Pipeline:

System Advisory Notice:

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

Tennessee Gas Pipeline:

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

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

Also on Tennessee Gas…

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

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

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

Texas Eastern Transmission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Gas Transmission:

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

Imbalance Payback from Transportation Service Provider

Park Withdrawal

Loan

ISS Withdrawal

FSS Overrun Withdrawal

Interruptible and out-of-path Firm Transportation

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

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

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company:

Subject:Operational Flow Order – Imbalance

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

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

OFO Areas:  Zone 6

Tolerance %:  5% for gas Due from Shippers

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

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

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