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Texas Eastern reported Wednesday that wellhead and platform communications were still out for most of the its offshore Cameron System in the West Louisiana zone. As production is being restored and before communication links are reestablished, the pipeline is requiring point operators to notify their operations account manager that their meters are flowing so nominations can be confirmed. Inspection of facilities of the Venice System in the East Louisiana zone was ongoing Wednesday, Texas Eastern said. Meters located upstream of the Larose Compressor Station, including the Main Pass and South Pass systems, are to remain shut in until further notice.

Transco said near-normal production levels had been restored on its Central Texas, Southwest Louisiana and Central Louisiana offshore laterals, "and expects that the remainder of production-area supply will continue its return to normal levels over the next few days." Transco planned to return to normal scheduling procedures effective with Wednesday's Intraday 1 nominations and would discontinue the Emergency Supply Allocation process. However, it was limiting the pool scheduling imbalance tolerance to 1% through at least Thursday, saying it will reevaluate the tolerance as production continues to return.

While making damage assessments on its offshore and coastal facilities Wednesday, Southern Natural Gas said that until system integrity upstream of Toca (LA) Compressor Station can be assured, it can not accept upstream receipts. It added three points to a previous list of impacted points.

Citing the impact of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf South said Wednesday it is unable to validate the operational status and monitor flows at certain locations on its system. It posted a list of 57 locations that will be confirmed to zero in each nomination cycle, with associated paths balanced to zero, until further notice. See the bulletin board for details. Gulf South said it will provide activation notices as it is able to validate that the affected facilities are operational.

Florida Gas Transmission extended an Overage Alert Day notice for its market area through at least Wednesday, but loosened the tolerance for negative daily imbalances back to 10% after having tightened it to 5% Tuesday.

Maintenance on Bondad Station's 2A turbine has been postponed one day from the originally scheduled start date of Sept. 6, El Paso said. The unit will be unavailable Sept. 7-8, reducing station capacity by 135 MMcf/d.

Southern Natural Gas reminded customers of delivery point changes associated with the abandonment and sale of facilities to Atlanta Gas Light that will take effect Thursday. New AGL delivery points will be Fulton Industrial, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Bass Junction and Ben Hill. Abandoned (and thus no longer in use) AGL points are Griffin, Zebulon, West Triangle Area and East Triangle Area.

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