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A 270 MMcf/d reduction in San Juan Basin supply persisted into the weekend-and possibly beyond-as El Paso reported it had found damage to internal rotating components in its Blanco Plant's "D" turbine that would require removal and inspection. The plant had been scheduled to resume full operation Thursday. If the parts can be repaired and reused, the turbine should return to service May 31, El Paso said. But if the parts must be replaced, the projected return date is June 5.

Tennessee declared a Critical Period Friday, saying it lacked available capacity to absorb imbalances being caused by overdeliveries into the system at receipt points and expected undertakes by receipt point operators over the Memorial Day weekend. Shippers were asked to match physical flows with scheduled volumes in order to avoid the necessity of such pipeline actions as an OFO.

Texas Eastern had holiday weekend concerns much like Tennessee's, issuing a System Warning seeking similar shipper actions. There is limited injection capability at the Oakford storage facility due to an expansion project, Texas Eastern said.

Sonat was another Gulf Coast pipe worried about weekend oversupply. Instead of supplies being reduced for Friday's gas day as requested earlier, Sonat said, "nominations have increased significantly." However, conditions must have improved Friday, because the pipeline said early that afternoon it did not expect to issue a systemwide OFO Type 6 for Saturday. However, it reminded shippers that the OFO could be implemented on four hours' notice or less, "depending on the situation."

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