Following in the footsteps of gas pipelines, major producershave asked the federal government to reject an independentproducer-backed petition that seeks to have tariffs imposed oncrude oil imports from four foreign countries accused of illegaldumping.
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A Mexican government decision to eliminate a tariff on naturalgas imports July 1 was heralded as good news for U.S. pipelines andMexican consumers. Currently 4%, the tariff on U.S. gas imports,was to be eliminated in 2003 following annual reductions of 1%. Thetariff went into effect at 10% with the signing of the NorthAmerican Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The tariff’s elimination isintended to boost gas availability to Mexico’s northern region asthe country turns more and more to gas-fired power generation.
Columbia Gas Transmission said it opened a data room to provideinformation on 545 miles of small-diameter gas gathering pipelines,called the CHEWP system, and the Holbrook Storage Field, which has1.5 Bcf of total capacity in northern West Virginia andsouthwestern Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in the assets shouldmake an appointment to visit the data room in Charleston, WVA, bycalling (304) 357-2282.
TransCanada PipeLines subsidiary NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL)filed its new pricing structure proposal with the Alberta Energyand Utilities Board (AEUB) yesterday. The gas transportation tollson TransCanada’s Alberta system are consistent with the memorandumof understanding (MOU) reached recently with the CanadianAssociation of Petroleum Producers. Announced March 24, the MOUdetails a new distance- and quantity-based pricing structure toreplace the current postage-stamp pricing regime for tolls on theAlberta system. The application also reflects input gathered duringan extensive stakeholder consultation process that began in late1996. The filing replaces an application NGTL put forth to the AEUBin April 1998.
FERC earlier this week gave Williams Gas Pipelines Central onemore chance to settle the lingering, controversial cost-recoveryissues arising from the reformation of three of its gas supplycontracts for production in Colorado.