Opal Plant operator Williams Field Services (WFS) said Tuesday afternoon existing cold in the plant area and “the projected extremely cold weather forecast going into the long holiday weekend may require WFS to make nomination reductions. These cuts would be due to the potential for current and future [equipment] freeze-offs. We are encouraging all customers to nominate the gas they believe is currently flowing.” WFS also advised customers to rank the gas they would prefer to have cut if that became necessary.
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Southern California Gas declared a high-inventory OFO for Monday but as of that afternoon had not renewed it for Tuesday. SoCalGas said it would assess Buy-Back charges to customers who delivered into its system more than 110% of their actual gas usage on the OFO day.
In anticipation of valve section 313-1 to 314-1 being placed back in service Friday afternoon, Tennessee said it was lifting the OFO Action Alert in downstream market Zones 5 and 6 that morning. Due to the Bear Creek storage field test and linepack conditions, the Action Alert OFO will remain in effect in zones 0, L, 1, 2, 3 and 4 for all Balancing Parties until further notice, Tennessee said.
Saying it had completed repairs of electrical problems that began Saturday at Laramie Compressor Station, Wyoming Interstate Co. canceled Monday afternoon an associated force majeure for the Laramie East Constraint (LWE) and restored LWE to full capacity of 793 MMcf/d.
Mariner Energy Inc. said Thursday afternoon that a fire on an offshore natural gas and oil production platform in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) had been extinguished and all crew members were safe. The incident, said the Houston-based producer, was not related to a well blowout.
Northern Natural Gas, the operator of offshore Texas Matagorda Offshore Pipeline System (MOPS), said it was requiring the shut-in of all MOPS platforms by Tuesday afternoon due to potential hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Northern said it was beginning allocation of all scheduled MOPS volumes starting with the Intraday 1 nominations cycle for Tuesday’s gas day but anticipates a return to service Friday for those points based on forecasts of the storm’s path.
After reaching a two-month high for the spot contract on Tuesday at $4.494, the resulting tumble that began Tuesday afternoon spilled over into Wednesday’s regular trading session as June futures plummeted 18.4 cents to close at $4.158.
The application of oil dispersants 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) was set to begin in a matter of hours Friday afternoon as responders continued to combat oil leaking from the deepwater well ruptured last week 42 miles from shore south of Venice, LA (see Daily GPI, April 27). An attempt to drill a relief well to stop the oil’s flow was to begin Saturday.