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
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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