Incremental Northeast gas production during September will be driven by gathering system tie-ins, Bentek Energy LLC said in a Natural Gas Production Monitor market note. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. (Transco) is expected to add connections to two Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP gathering systems and additional compression on Williams‘ Springville system is to come online this month, Bentek said. “Combined delivery capacity to Transco from the new tie-ins and compression upgrades will amount to more than 1 Bcf/d; however, Transco will likely not be able to accept more than 0.4 Bcf/d with a substantial portion of the Leidy Line capacity reserved for no-notice service,” the firm said. It expects Northeast production to add 0.2 Bcf/d during September, with the remainder of the Transco capacity filling through October. In November, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Supply Diversification and the National FuelGas Co. Northern Access expansions are expected to support a winter production growth rate of about 0.2 Bcf/d each month through January (see Shale Daily, July 18), Bentek said.

Heat On-The-Fly LLC said the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has allowed its patent application for a water heating apparatus for continuous heated water flow and method for use in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The decision follows the awarding of U. S. Patent No. 8,171,993 to Heat On-The-Fly in May. The company said it will partner with McAda Fluids Heating Services LLC, a frack heating company based in Bay City, TX, to bring continuous flow heating to key shale markets. McAda has more than 1 billion Btu in heating capacity with operations throughout the major shale plays of North America. The Heat On-The-Fly method provides the ability to achieve target temperatures, volumes and flow rates in support of fracking operations, the company said. On locations with access to water, the method reduces the number of frack tanks and tank rental expense, minimizes truck traffic and eliminates the requirement to over-heat the water.