FERC last week gave conditional approval to a major expansionand upgrade of Jackson Prairie Storage that would add 3.2 Bcf ofworking gas capacity and would boost the firm deliverability rateof the Pacific Northwest storage facility by 300 MMcf/d, both ofwhich would heighten its peak-shaving capabilities.
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In an 11th-hour move yesterday, California regulators delayeduntil August a proposed interim action that would expand naturalgas unbundling and set an aggressive schedule for a final gasrestructuring decision by year end. The proposal, which includesunbundling billing and eliminating any restrictions on current gasaggregation among residential and small business customers, will beconsidered when the California PUC meets again Aug. 6.
Williams announced its Mid-America Pipeline subsidiary willexpand its natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline system in the RockyMountains from 75,000 b/d to 125,000 b/d. The expansion involvesthe construction of a 412-mile pipeline that extends from DaggettCounty in northeast Utah to near Bloomfield, NM. The new line runsparallel to the existing Mid-America system. Construction isscheduled to begin in August, with an initial in service date ofJan. 1, 1999.
The coming Foothills/Northern Border expansion will impact gasprices and gas flows in several ways, according to a new report byPIRA Energy Group. Foothills/Northern Border will carry 700 MMcf/dfrom Alberta to the Midwest. Completion is expected Nov. 1.
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line has not proven its case forrolled-in rates for a series of expansions of its Leidy Line andits southern system dating back to 1984, according to anadministrative law judge who found there wouldbe “substantial”cost shifting.
The Western Natural Gas Futures contract on the Kansas CityBoard of Trade has continued its rapid expansion, with openinterest surpassing 9,000 contracts for the first time everTuesday. KCBT said long-time participants have been “putting onincreasingly large positions” and “a number of new participantsalso have entered the market.” A floor trader mentioned PG&Eand Southern Energy Marketing as being two big players. KN Energy,Oneok and Duke alsowere reported as recent big entrants.