In response to the propane shortage plaguing the Midwest (see Daily GPI, Jan. 30; Jan. 22), Oneok NGL Pipeline LLC has filed at FERC to modify its tariff, allowing a flow reversal from south to north on its North Line 5. "By allowing the reversal movement, Oneok is enabling Oneok's Medford, OK, facilities to increase the volume of propane barrels being shipped into the Conway, KS, market," the company told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a letter filed Friday. "The reversal of the direction of flow from south to north increases the available supply of propane from Medford, OK, to Midwest customers. Oneok acknowledges that this tariff publication is conditionally accepted subject to refund pending a 30-day review period." Spokesman Brad Borror told NGI the change would relieve congestion at Medford, but he would not provide any details on the volume of propane that could be flowed or how long the reversal would remain in place.
FERCsaid Monday it had received 18 notices, mostly for changes to negotiated rates, from 15 pipeline companies. In a combined notice of filings statement, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it had received notices from 12 pipeline companies: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, Gas Transmission Northwest LLC, Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission LLC, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc., Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC, Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP, Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP, Great Lakes Gas Transmission LP, Cheyenne Plains Gas Pipeline Co. LLC, Trunkline Gas Co. LLC and Wyoming Interstate Co. LLC. The regulatory agency added that three companies -- Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, Northern Natural Gas Co. and Texas Gas Transmission LLC -- had each filed two notices. FERC said it would accept comments on all the proceedings until 5 pm EST Feb. 12.