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Pacific Gas & Electric did not extend a high-inventory OFO beyond Thursday.

Texas Eastern reported that as of Thursday it had about 17 meters not available for flow on its Cameron system offshore southwest Louisiana. They represented about 38,000 Dth/d of flowing gas prior to Hurricane Rita. It is anticipated that these meters will be available for flow again by Nov. 7. Another nine meters, representing about 150,000 Dth/d of supply before Hurricane Katrina, are not available for flow on the South Pass system offshore southeast Louisiana. Texas Eastern expects six of those nine meters to become available prior to Nov. 30 when it will be able to receive unprocessed volumes on the South Pass system for processing on the Venice line with the planned connection to Discovery's Larose processing plant (see related story). It is anticipated that the three other meters will be repaired and made available to the operator by the end of the year. See the bulletin board for details of other supply-enhancing measures that Texas Eastern is taking.

Northwest said there has been no impact to customers from its reduction of pressure in both the 26-inch and 30-inch diameter lines in southwest Washington. The action was prompted by what the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission called a "landslide" on property owned by Transalta Centralia Mining Co. that included Northwest's right-of-way about 5.5 miles east of Centralia, WA. Northwest said it was notified Monday of "land movement" there and immediately dispatched crews to assess the situation. On Friday Northwest personnel and third-party geotechnical consultants were on site to evaluate the situation and to determine a course of action. The pipeline said it had begun removing the cover at specific points along the lines Wednesday to survey and determine whether there was any impact.

NGPL said a leak reported Wednesday in Wheeler County, TX has been repaired and the affected lateral was back in service. Three affected receipt points became available for service again effective with Thursday's Intraday 1 Cycle scheduling.

During last spring's shut-in of Questar's Clay Basin storage facility, Northwest noted, it installed filtration equipment at its interconnect for deliveries to Clay Basin. The equipment was installed to remove contaminants prior to gas entering the meter runs at Clay Basin, but has not performed as anticipated, Northwest said. In a joint effort to resolve the problem, Questar will continue to accept physical injections from Northwest through Nov. 8, which is typically the end of the injection cycle. During the Nov. 9-11 period, Questar will clean the meter runs and meter station piping to ensure the accuracy of measurement data. Because there will be no physical flow at this point, Northwest will cut Clay Basin injection and withdrawal requests to a net zero and declare a deficiency period if customers' primary nominations are cut due to this maintenance work. To resolve the problem on a permanent basis, Northwest will be installing new filtration equipment in March or April prior to the 2006 injection season.

Due to contractor equipment delays and weather conditions attributable to Hurricane Wilma, Southern Natural Gas said it has reevaluated the projected in-service dates of certain areas of its offshore system, including damaged laterals. The pipeline now expects that some receipt points between the Olga (LA) Compressor Station and the Main Pass 298 junction platform will be able to resume flow by Nov. 16 instead of the previously announced Oct. 31. However, Southern still expects that some receipt points east of Main Pass 298 platform will be able to resume flow by the previously announced date of Nov. 30. See the bulletin board for a list of damaged laterals and their expected in-service dates.

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