New KN Energy chief Richard Kinder must have put the fear of God in the NGPL pipeline team. After years of pipeline underutilization and decontracting, NGPL locked in contracts last week for nearly all of its firm transportation capacity, just as shareholders of Kinder Morgan and KN were approving the $900 million stock-for-stock merger of the two companies. KN Energy’s transformation and recovery could be one of the fastest seen in the energy industry in a long time.
Articles from Fear
Both independent and major producers are concerned that FERC’sproposed rulemaking on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), whichseeks to extend to virtually all OCS gas pipelines some form oflighter handed regulation, is the first step in a Commission planto entirely abandon its Natural Gas Act (NGA) regulation ofoffshore jurisdictional pipelines.
The futures market spiked higher Monday in response to thethreat to natural gas supplies in the Gulf of Mexico posed byHurricane Mitch. There was an early buying surge as non-commericaltraders struggled to close out short positions ahead of the rally.However, once the market started its momentum, buying came from allsegments of the market. The November contract settled up 13.4 centsto $2.298.
Aquila Gas Pipeline might be taken off the auction block inlight of depressed gas liquids prices and the fear a sale pricewon’t do justice to the company’s value. Indeed, the company’ssecond quarter results were something less than stellar. Net incomewas $1.4 million, down from $7 million in the second quarter of1997. This despite the fact gas throughput and marketed volumesaveraged a record 1.4 Bcf/d, compared to 1.2 Bcf/d in the secondquarter of last year. However, total system throughput was 446MMcf/d, compared to 534 MMcf/d in the second quarter of 1997. Anincrease in gas volumes marketed off system to 954 MMcf/d from 642MMcf/d in the second quarter of 1997 reflects the continuedincreased emphasis on marketing activities. Liquids productiondecreased to 25,000 barrels/d from 38,000 barrels/d 2Q 1997. Lowliquids prices were the reason for the decline.