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Industry Brief

Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) plans to eliminate nearly one-third of the staff at its troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (Songs) along the Pacific Coast in the northern-most end of San Diego County, CA. The staff reductions had already been articulated in SCE’s pending general rate case, but with the two 2,200 MW Songs units out of service since January, the move is sure to spark more speculation about the long-term future of the plant. Both units have turned up excessive wear in part of the tubing on newly installed steam generators on both units (see Daily GPI, Feb. 7). The length of the outage has caused a re-emphasis on natural gas-fired generation in a state, which already relies on gas-fired power for the bulk of its in-state generation (see Daily GPI, Aug. 14). As part of the explanation for the staff reduction to 1,500 from the current levels above 2,100 positions, a utility spokesperson said the Songs steam generator issues “require SCE be prudent with its future spending while [the utility] and regulators review the long-term viability of the nuclear plant. The reality is that the Unit 3 reactor will not be operating for some time.”

August 22, 2012

California, Rockies Weakness Offset In Part by Futures Gain

Physical prices on average fell almost 4 cents Thursday as California locations along with the Rockies were especially hard hit. Some Northeast points managed to rise as constraints and curtailments limited flows.

July 27, 2012

Williams Engages the Public in Constitution Pipeline Plans

It’s all about engaging the right kind of public participation and Williams has been working on that, launching a series of open house meetings along the route of its proposed 121-mile Constitution Pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania into the heart of New York State near Albany.

July 23, 2012

One Dead After Explosion at Ohio Drilling Site

One person was killed after an explosion at an oil and natural gas well near Bolivar, OH, in Tuscarawas County, on Monday morning.

July 17, 2012

Piceance Basin Operations Survive Colorado Wildfire

Although among the smaller, less-life threatening of Colorado’s wildfires so far this summer, the Pine Ridge fire along the Western Slope tested the gas industry with the shutting in of more than 100 wells in part of the Piceance Basin (see Shale Daily, July 9), but the response was effective and expected by the gas industry, according to Encana Corp.’s manager in charge on the ground, David Grisso.

July 16, 2012

Colorado Fire Postmortem: Wells Unscathed, Response Smooth

Although among the smaller, less-life threatening of Colorado’s wildfires so far this summer, the Pine Ridge fire along the Western Slope tested the gas industry with the shutting in of more than 100 wells in part of the Piceance Basin (see Daily GPI, July 9), but the response was effective and expected by the gas industry, according to Encana Corp.’s manager in charge on the ground, David Grisso.

July 16, 2012

One Fire Out, Another Contained in Western Colorado

As the Pine Ridge fire along the Western Slope in Colorado was put out last Thursday and more than 100 natural gas wells in the Piceance Basin brought back online, the short-lived Third Water Spring Fire northwest of De Beque, CO, led Encana Corp. to shut in more of gas wells last week. A number of gas wells were to remain shut in through the weekend.

July 16, 2012

Colorado Fire Postmortem: Most Gas Wells Online, Response Smooth

The Pine Ridge fire along the Western Slope of Colorado tested the natural gas industry and required more than 10 wells to be shuttered in part of the Piceance Basin earlier this month (see NGI, July 9), but the response was effective, according to Encana Corp.’s David Grisso, who was the producer’s manager on the ground.

July 16, 2012

One Fire Out, Another Starts in Western Colorado

As the Pine Ridge fire along the Western Slope in Colorado was put out Thursday and the more than 100 natural gas wells in the Piceance Basin brought back online, a new fire northwest of De Beque, CO, called the Third Water Spring fire, caused Encana Corp. to shut in some of its other gas wells in the area.

July 9, 2012

Unconventional Gas Maps New Global Trade Route

The well-worn paths for global natural gas, traditionally traced along the trade flows of liquefied natural gas (LNG) expansions, have been rerouted as unconventional gas — and especially shale — has washed out old bridges, according to the International Gas Union (IGU) and IHS Inc.

July 9, 2012