A direct lightning strike occurred Monday at Transwestern's
Bisti Compressor Station (San Juan County, NM), prompting the
pipeline to declare a force majeure. Transwestern expected the
station to be down about three days, saying San Juan Lateral
capacity would be reduced to 700,000 MMbtu/d through Thursday.
Columbia Gulf was still waiting Monday afternoon for a diving
crew to arrive on-site to investigate a leak in the 24-inch line
near a West Cameron Block 643 platform. Bubbles were reported on
the water's surface Thursday afternoon, a pipeline spokesman said,
but the divers had to finish another job before moving to the
Columbia Gulf leak. There has been no interruption of service, he
Pacific Gas & Electric issued a high-inventory Stage 1 OFO
with a 6% imbalance tolerance for Sunday but did not extend it.
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