NGPL warned shippers Tuesday that it will have to take a 35-mile portion of its Amarillo leg between Harper, IA, and compressor station 110 in Geneseo, IL, out of service starting Sept. 1 and lasting for five to seven weeks. A line inspection uncovered stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of the metal in the 36-inch diameter pipe. The outage is expected to reduce available capacity by about 134,000 Dth/d. NGPL said shippers should expect 92% of their maximum daily quantity to flow. No secondary, out-of-path firm or interruptible transportation will be available. It is encouraging shippers to use alternative paths to reroute gas around the constraint. It also is seeking FERC approval of a few tariff changes to provide Amarillo leg shippers with "opposite leg rights," which allow them to use the Gulf Coast pipeline leg at discounted rates (see related story this issue).
NGPL also said that effective on Wednesday and until further notice, its Texas Gas-Lowry, Columbia Gulf-Chalkley and Florida-Vermilion points in Cameron Parish, LA, are at capacity for deliveries and ITS or secondary firm volumes are at risk of not being fully scheduled.
Florida Gas Transmission had another overage alert day Tuesday with a 25% tolerance due to temperatures in the mid 90s.
Algonquin said that Tennessee Mahwah point was scheduled to capacity on Tuesday.
Kern River Gas Transmission posted for competitive bid three separate packages firm incremental 2003 expansion capacity: a package of 77,103 Dth/d with an Opal receipt point and Daggett delivery point, another for 12,897 Dth/d with receipt at Opal and delivery at Wheeler Ridge into SoCalGas, and a third for 4,000 Dth/d with receipt at Opal and Delivery at Daggett into PG&E. Kern said that 90,000 Dth/d of the capacity originally became available as a result of a contract being terminated in a bankruptcy proceeding. The 4,000 Dth/d package became available as a result of an expiring contract. Bid form should be faxed to the attention of Candace Karpakis at (801) 937-6054 by noon MT on Sept. 13. For details call Candace at (801) 937-6196.
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