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Kern River said Tuesday it was able to avoid "same day cuts" for shippers despite supply shortages that occurred at Opal and Anschutz during Monday's gas day, but the combination of these shortages and the drafting that occurred that day resulted in a "very low" linepack level throughout its system. If linepack dropped further Tuesday, the pipeline said it may be necessary for it to physically prevent further drafting Wednesday and to impose mandatory payback (by physically limiting deliveries) to parties that drafted Tuesday. "Please ensure that your supplies are sufficient to cover all your deliveries," Kern River concluded in a note to customers.

Producers and meter operators east of Station 523 (Cocodrie, LA) and south of Station 527 (Port Sulphur, LA) will be allowed to flow effective for Chart Time Dec. 1 into the 500 Line provided that lines are in service to the meter, the measurement equipment is operable, and a nomination is in place, Tennessee said Tuesday. Tennessee added that it may be required to reduce volumes based on a limited amount of capacity at the Toca meter and hydrocarbon dew point limitations on the 500 Line. It reminded producers who are delivering gas into the 500 Line that they must provide evidence of processing.

In an ongoing update of repair work on Hurricane Rita damage to facilities in its Southeast Gathering Area, ANR said it began accepting gas associated with liquid reinjectors at locations upstream of the Grand Chenier (LA) Compressor Station effective Monday. See the bulletin board for a growing list of offshore lines and interconnects that have been inspected and approved for return to service.

Indicating that excessive linepack was building up, Westcoast changed its imbalance tolerance range for Wednesday to zero pack and 20% draft. It had only recently returned to the normal +10%/-10% range.

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