Transportation Notes

Northwest said it was unable to do its OFO calculations yesterday and noted that scheduled quantities of gas flowing north through the Kemmerer Compressor for gas day Nov. 9 did not exceed Kemmerer capacity. As a result it said it would not call an OFO for gas day Nov. 9. However it warned that an OFO was still possible for gas day Nov. 10.

El Paso extended it unauthorized overpull penalty situation yesterday until further notice. "You are urged to immediately review your supply/demand balance, and the performance of your suppliers, to insure sufficient gas is being delivered to El Paso to cover the gas being taken off the system," the pipeline told shippers. To ensure system integrity, El Paso will place limits on scheduled volumes at interconnects that are underperforming. For details, contact Gary Williams at (915) 496-2051, Mario Montes at (915) 496-2617, Bud Wilcox at (915) 496-2934 or the Customer Assistance Hotline, (800) 441-3764.

Transwestern is continuing maintenance at the Station 1, Station 2 and Station 4, mainline compressor stations located in the West of Thoreau area. Through Nov. 19, Transwestern's West of Thoreau capacity will be reduced from 1.09 Bcf/d to 950,000 MMBtu/d. Between Nov. 20 and Nov. 27, its West of Thoreau capacity will be reduced to 1.04 Bcf/d. Transwestern also will be performing maintenance at the Bloomfield, Bisti and Gallup Compressor Stations located on the San Juan Lateral. On Nov. 15-16, Transwestern's San Juan Lateral capacity will be reduced from 850,000 MMBtu/d to 550,000 MMBtu/d.

Kern River said during the Nov. 7 inspection of its compressor at the Fillmore Station, the number three engine bearing failed. The Fillmore Compressor is expected to be back up by 2 p.m. on Thursday but could last to Nov. 11. Kern will not be able to accept any AOS or IT nominations for Nov. 11. Meanwhile the inspection of the two Muddy Creek compressors is anticipated to be complete on Thursday. This means that Kern River may be able to accept an increase in nominations from firm shippers for supplies behind the Muddy Creek during the intra-day cycle of gas day Nov. 9. Kern cannot operationally handle any drafting on the system during maintenance.

Tennessee warned shippers yesterday that the combination of forecasted mild weather and point operator imbalances could jeopardize the operational integrity of its pipeline system. Tennessee does not have capacity available to absorb imbalances caused by over deliveries into the system by receipt point operators and under takes from the system by delivery point operators. It cannot accept unscheduled imbalances and is requiring all customers to nominate and schedule any payback due to or from Tennessee. Tennessee requests all LMS and SA contracts to be nominated and scheduled in balance. If the situation gets worse, it may have to do one of the following: adjust receipts or deliveries; implement daily variance charges; or implement Operational Flow Orders to specific contracts or meters.

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