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Northwest lifted Wednesday its Stage III entitlement (see Daily GPI, Dec. 13) due to moderate weather forecasts for most of its Pacific Northwest market area. Northwest also has restored about 170,000 Dth/d of delivery point capacity to CIG at their Green River, WY interconnect and was accepting nomination requests for the Timely cycle on Tuesday. The interconnect was shut down earlier this month following a nearby rupture on a Northwest lateral (see Daily GPI, Dec. 9). The associated declared deficiency period has ended, Northwest said, adding that it will provide updates on its plans to restore the interconnect's full design capacity of 271,400 Dth/d as information becomes available.

More than a month after shutting in its Sinton, TX receipt point from Enterprise Texas Pipeline (see Daily GPI, Nov. 11), NGPL said Tuesday the gas quality issue there had been resolved and service had been restored.

ANR reported being informed by owners and/or operators of processing plants that serve the pipeline's Southeast Area that based on their current analysis of processing economics for January, most will not process gas unless required by gas quality requirements on ANR's system. ANR said it determined that it must establish a hydrocarbon dew point (HDP) limit of 25 degrees Fahrenheit for January receipts into the Southeast Area in order to continue to provide safe and reliable service. Effective Jan. 1-31, gas from meters delivering into the Southeast Area with an HDP higher than 25 degrees and located upstream of a processing plant must be processed, with evidence of such an arrangement required to be made available to ANR upon request. Also, based upon review of its current operations and of HDP levels in its Southwest Area, ANR is setting an HDP limit of 30 degrees for receipts into that area during January.

In addition, ANR is accepting offers through noon CST Dec. 27 for about 86,000 dekatherms of gas that ANR intends to purchase for system balancing use. Delivery and title transfer of the gas may be made during January at specified receipt points (see the bulletin board for details). Acceptable offers must be quoted as a fixed cost/Dth or as basis relative to Henry Hub. On the other hand, ANR also wants to sell some supply during January, but at only one point: the Elk City CTP (Central Through Point) interconnect with CenterPoint. About 4,650 dekatherms would be required to be taken ratably through the month in amounts up to but not greater than 150 Dth/d. Price conditions are the same as in the pipeline's purchase solicitation. The deadline for bids in ANR's gas sale is 9 a.m. Dec. 27.

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