Transportation Notes

Citing forecasts of "an extended period of steady, cold weather throughout the pipeline system," Texas Eastern said it is imposing several restrictions this morning to preserve linepack and system reliability. Until further notice no forward-haul mainline IT-1 volumes will be delivered to the market area; no due-shipper imbalances are available; TABS-1 shippers are required to be in balance daily; and all non-interstate Operational Balancing Agreements upstream of the Berne (OH) Compressor Station have been suspended. Affiliate Algonquin is restricting the taking of any due-shipper imbalances. Both pipes said they will consider the potential for secondary restrictions going into the holiday weekend as conditions warrant.

Effective today until further notice, Kinder Morgan Interstate is not allowing Interruptible Storage Service withdrawals. In addition, withdrawals over MDQ (maximum daily quantity) for NNS and FSS customers are not available.

A Zone 1 outage on Florida Gas Transmission caused by hydrostatic testing of two sections of the 22-inch mainline downstream of Station 4 (Matagorda County, TX), which was originally scheduled for completion Nov. 30 (see Daily GPI, Sept. 27) and got extended to Dec. 31 (see Daily GPI, Nov. 21), has been extended again to Jan. 15, 2001. See the HotTap bulletin board for details.

NGPL reported that despite remedial efforts by it and some upstream operators, substantial gas receipts continue to contain high levels of liquefiable hydrocarbons. Cold system temperatures increase the likelihood of condensation of such liquefiables in the pipeline, it said. Thus it may be necessary to halt receipts at points contributing to the liquefiables problem on very short notice, possibly less than 24 hours, NGPL added.

Reliant will expand previous restrictions under an Operational Alert (see Daily GPI, Dec. 19) to include the entire North and South pooling areas this morning. It also notified certain shippers to bring "No Notice" supplies this morning to meet critical peaking load forecasted at the TGT Helena and Carthage locations.

El Paso anticipated restoring Guadalupe Station to full service Wednesday and raised capacity of the South Mainline at Pecos River Station from 900 MMcf/d to 920 MMcf/d effective with Cycle 3 of Wednesday's flow day.

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