Pacific Gas and Electric kept a systemwide Stage 2 high-inventory OFO going into at least its fourth day Saturday but loosened the tolerance for positive daily imbalances slightly from 5% to 8%.

Citing "reduced operating flexibility due to pipeline integrity activities," forecasts of moderate temperatures in much of its market area and current operating conditions, Transco said it was implementing a systemwide Imbalance OFO effective Saturday (July 3) until further notice. For the duration of the OFO a "minimum" penalty of $50/Dth will apply to shippers and Operational Balancing Agreement wellhead operators who exceed a daily positive imbalance of 10% or 1,000 Dth, whichever is greater, the pipeline said.

Citing unplanned operational issues, CenterPoint said Friday it will no longer be using a phased approach as originally planned to scheduled maintenance on its Line J System in the North Pooling Area. Instead of the previously scheduled July 13 start of the phased work, CenterPoint planned to initiate the project last Saturday (July 3) and said it expects to complete the maintenance in about 10 days. Up to 100,000 Dth/d of deliveries and corresponding receipts could be affected, the pipeline added; see the bulletin board for a list of points expected to be impacted. It is possible that firm shippers with Primary Delivery Points on Line J will be curtailed.

Rockies Express reported being at capacity for deliveries to Tennessee/Guernsey effective Friday (July 2) until further notice. Based on recent levels of nominations, IT/AOR and secondary quantities are at risk of not being scheduled.

TransCanada said it was beginning a New Capacity Open Season Monday (July 5) on all Canadian Mainline paths; the open season will close July 16 at 8 a.m. MDT. The pipeline said it has kept open all paths in the Daily Existing Capacity Open Season, so none will be affected by the new open season. See the bulletin board for a list of account manager contacts in Calgary and Toronto with information on any TransCanada open season.

Effective July 1, ANR converted nine Section 311 receipt and delivery locations on its system to Part 284 Open Access locations. Previously, ANR said, Section 311 locations could only be utilized by customers with specific contracts and authority. "By changing these locations to Part 284 Open Access locations there is no longer a limitation to using these locations and they are now available for nominations by any open access shipper." Some of these locations may have been inactive for some time, ANR said, so anyone planning to nominate at one of the locations should contact the nomination representative prior to commencement of flow.

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