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Pacific Gas & Electric will allow a systemwide high-inventory OFO to expire Friday following a three-day run.

A pipeline at Williams' processing plant in Ignacio, NM ruptured early Wednesday morning, according to a newspaper report. No injuries resulted, but several nearby homes were evacuated. The plant was shut down until repairs are completed, the paper said, adding that Williams will try to route normal plant supplies to other company facilities in the San Juan Basin. "Williams broke ground last month on three buildings at its Ignacio processing plant that had been destroyed by an explosion in November 2007 [see Daily GPI, Nov. 30, 2007]," with work expected to be completed in November, the report said. Williams did not answer requests for details or an update on the rupture.

Maritimes & Northeast U.S. said it learned that the Sable Offshore Energy Project offshore Nova Scotia experienced a production decrease Wednesday that was expected to continue into Thursday's gas day. It urged shippers receiving gas at Sable to contact their supplier for an information about continuing supply restrictions. A spokesman for ExxonMobil Canada, the Sable operator, confirmed that there was a decline in output but said the company does not comment on day-to-day fluctuations in volume.

Nautilus Pipeline said that while conditions have improved, it continues to experience operational issues related to higher-than-expected liquids at the onshore Louisiana Garden City separation and stabilization facility operated by Enbridge Offshore Facilities. "Nautilus personnel are currently working to put a plan in place to better handle these liquids," the pipeline said. Due to this issue, Nautilus said it increased receipts Wednesday at Manta Ray's Ship Shoal 207 #2 meter to 155,000 Dth/d. This limit and a force majeure on Nautilus will remain in effect until further notice, the pipeline said.

Westcoast plans to begin the annual turnaround at its Fort Nelson Gas Plant with a curtailed production period beginning Sunday in which the E and F process trains will be taken off-line until the start of next Wednesday's gas day, when a total plant outage will start. Fort Nelson will implement a 60% Firm Raw Gas Overproduction Charge (OPC) Constraint (330.7 MMcf/d total/298 MMcf/d residue equivalent) during that three-day period.

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