Southern Company Energy Marketing said it opened an energymarketing operation in Western Canada in conjunction with thesigning of an arrangement to manage the business of Pan-Alberta GasLtd. The new marketing operation has about 60 employees, most ofwhom previously worked for Pan-Alberta. Southern Company EnergyMarketing announced in January that it had agreed in principle tomanage the assets of Pan-Alberta, Canada’s second-largest exporterof natural gas. Southern has marketed about 7 Bcf/d, whilePan-Alberta has sold about 1.2 Bcf/d. Pan-Alberta is owned by morethan 400 Western Canada natural gas producers and has nearly US$1.5billion in sales annually. Its assets include long-term dedicatedgas supply arrangements and more than 1.2 Bcf/d of pipelinetransportation capacity.
Coastal Corp.’s Gulfstream Natural Gas System has sent a requestfor quotation (RFQ) to 10 pre-qualified contractors forinstallation of the offshore portion of its proposed 744-milenatural gas pipeline from Alabama across the Gulf of Mexico toFlorida. The RFQ calls for offshore assembly and installation ofmore than 400 miles of 36-inch diameter pipe to serve Gulfstream’scustomers in Florida. The pipeline says it has 10 large,non-affiliated Florida utilities and power generation facilitiessigned to long-term commitments for the majority of its capacity.Gulfstream is one of two large under-the-Gulf pipelines proposed toserve the Florida Peninsula. The Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission last month issued preliminary approvals for bothGulfstream and Buccaneer pipelines, each of which proposes to carryabout a Bcf/d into the state. The latter is sponsored by Williamsand Duke Energy.
Dynegy Inc. has started commercial operation at the CalcasieuGeneration Project, a 155 MW natural gas-fired power generationfacility near Lake Charles, LA. Construction of the simple-cyclepeaking facility took less than eight months, making it the firsttrue merchant plant in the state of Louisiana and the second powerplant developed by Dynegy under its $5 billion generation expansionprogram. Dynegy recently announced that it has signed a five-yearpower purchase agreement with Cleco Corp., a regional energyservices company based in Pineville, LA, which will buy up to 310MW of capacity and energy, most of it from the Calcasieu Project.Dynegy also recently said it is expanding the Calcasieu Project inorder to meet the rapidly growing demands of the wholesale energymarket throughout the state and region. The addition of a 165 MWnatural gas-fired combustion turbine will be completed during thesecond quarter of 2001, bringing the power plant’s total generatingcapacity to a nominal 320 MW.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Union Pacific Resources Group Inc.have scheduled special stockholders meetings for July 13 to vote onthe pending merger of the two companies. Both companies havedeclared a record date of May 30, 2000, in connection with thespecial stockholders meetings. The Anadarko meeting will be held at2:00 p.m. (CDT) at the Wyndham Hotel Greenspoint in Houston. TheUPR meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at The Fort Worth Clubin Fort Worth. Joint proxy materials for the special meetings willbe mailed to stockholders beginning this week.
DukeSolutions has signed a 20-year, multimillion-dollar contractwith The Boeing Company to provide energy services at the BoeingSpace & Communications facility in Huntington Beach, CA.DukeSolutions will complete a full modernization of the existingplant over the next 18 months, and then own, operate and maintaincentralized plant assets and provide high-temperature hot water,steam and chilled water services to the facility. DukeSolutions’modernization plan will include upgrading the existing plant with anew, fully automated energy infrastructure while maintaining fulldelivery capabilities throughout the modernization period.
As part of a yearlong celebration and marketing campaign markingthe installation of its 5 millionth meter, Southern California Gasis offering its customers a chance to win the use of a natural gasvehicle (NGV) and free fuel for 5 million meters (about 3,000miles). Contestants can register to win use of a naturalgas-powered Honda Civic GX, Toyota Camry or Ford F-150 atdesignated NGV dealers, by visiting www.socalgas.com or by calling1 (800) 427-4400. Three winners will be announced in mid-August.”This promotion gives us the opportunity to expose consumers to theenvironmental benefits and cost-effectiveness of natural gasvehicles,” said Rick Morrow, a SoCal Gas vice president. “Naturalgas costs less and burns cleaner than gasoline, and natural gasvehicles require less maintenance than standard cars. As theirpopularity grows, the environment and our customers’ pocketbookswill prosper as well.” There are currently about 9,000 naturalgas-powered vehicles on the road in California,
The National Energy Board has received two applications fromProGas Ltd., including an eight-year license to export a total of4.2 Bcf of natural gas to a potato processing plant in Grand Forks,ND. The other application amends an existing natural gas exportlicense. ProGas and RDO Foods Co. applied for an export license atEmerson, MB, to begin Nov. 1 that will supply gas for RDO’s GrandForks facility. Volumes would be about 1.4 MMcf/d. The secondapplication amends an existing natural gas export license,extending the term from Nov. 1, 2000 to Oct. 31, 2008, andincreasing the quantity of gas from 21.9 Bcf to 109.6 Bcf.
Commonwealth Edison announced a voluntary pilot program thatwill automatically pay its customers if it fails to live up to itscommitment to reduce electric service interruptions, provide fasterservice restoration when outages do occur and deliver bettercommunication with customers and governmental bodies aboutservice-related issues. Developed in partnership with theMetropolitan Mayors Caucus and the City of Chicago, ComEd said itpledges to automatically pay business and residential customerswhose service has been interrupted as a result ofutility-controlled circumstances. Under the plan, qualifyingresidential and business customers will receive about the averageof one month’s electric service for each outage that exceeds eighthours or if they experience three or more outages, each of four ormore hours in length, during a two-month period. Business customerswould receive $100 credit on their account balance, whileresidential customers would receive a check for $60 for eachqualified outage.
Dynegy Inc. has signed a three-year co-development agreementwith OpenLink (www.olf.com), extending the two firms’ currentcollaboration on OpenLink’s Endur software system forfront-through-back office trading and risk management. The Endursystem currently is in beta testing. An announcement by OpenLinksaid Dynegy has used OpenLink systems to support trading and riskmanagement functions since 1996, starting with natural gas andexpanding into power, coal, weather, emissions, foreign currency,crude and natural gas liquids.
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