Transportation Notes

As a result of near-freezing temperatures in the state of Florida, Florida Gas Transmission issued an Overage Alert Day notice Friday with a 15% imbalance tolerance.

Westcoast declared force majeure Thursday afternoon after problems developed with the LM2500 compressor at Station 4B. Because of the station's reduced capacity, T-South system firm deliveries were reduced by 50,000 gigajoules/d effective with Saturday's gas day and until the station is returned to full operation.

Tennessee said Friday that all current contract-specific OFO Balancing Alerts (see Daily GPI, Dec. 29) would be lifted on New Year's Day.

Northern Natural Gas extended a System Overrun Limitation for all market area zones through at least Saturday. If the SOL is still in effect today, it will be in its fourth straight week of existence (see Daily GPI, Dec. 12).

Kinder Morgan Interstate told customers Friday that as of Sunday and until further notice, Interruptible Storage Service withdrawals will not be available. In addition, withdrawals over MDQ (Maximum Daily Quantity) for NNS and FSS customers will not be available, KMI said.

Noting that Oneok Field Services is planning a shutdown of the Bushton (KS) Plant beginning Jan. 1, Northern Natural Gas said Friday it "is anticipating potential operational problems caused by an unprecedented amount of gas processing plant shutdowns on its system." NNG said it continues to analyze the gas quality consequences of these shutdowns but has not yet defined specific actions necessary to protect the system "under all possible scenarios." However, the pipeline does anticipate a need to shut in supplies that do not meet quality specs. Problems include gas with high water content, entrained liquids, high percentages of heavier hydrocarbons and high Btu content, NNG said.

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