El Paso Denies it Violates GISB Confirmation Rules
El Paso Natural Gas last week denied accusations of Northwest
Pipeline that it has routinely violated the confirmation and
scheduling deadlines established by the Gas Industry Standards
"Contrary to its allegations, El Paso strictly adheres to GISB
procedures and deadlines," El Paso told the Commission [RP00-168].
It urged FERC to dismiss the complaint filed by Northwest last
In the complaint, Northwest accused El Paso of making
adjustments to confirmed amounts scheduled to flow between the two
pipeline system "after" the confirmation deadline, creating
scheduled quantity discrepancies for shippers on Northwest.
Northwest said GISB rules require changes to confirmed amounts to
be made "prior" to the confirmation deadline. The complaint asked
the Commission to order El Paso to comply with the GISB standards
by honoring the confirmations that it sends before deadline.
But El Paso contends that what Northwest describes as a "late
confirmation" is actually just part of the scheduling process and
is allowed under GISB rules. "It is the normal operation of the
scheduling process, not so-called 'late confirmations.'
that.....some transactions inevitably produce differences between
the flows nominated by shippers, the quantity 'confirmed' as
available, and the amount ultimately scheduled."
Even when there are differences between nominated and confirmed
amounts, "typically they are relatively minor in [size] and do not
cause the sort of disruption that Northwest's complaint implies,"
El Paso said.
Northwest said it has tried to personally resolve the situation
with El Paso and even turned to FERC's Enforcement Hotline for
help, but was rebuffed at each turn. It contends El Paso's alleged
GISB violations have resulted in the "devaluation of Northwest's
capacity" because of the uncertainty surrounding the delivery of
gas to and receipt of gas from El Paso. Susan Parker
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