With his family in tow, Energy Secretary Federico Pena announcedMonday he plans to leave the Department of Energy (DOE) forpersonal and family reasons effective June 30th, the news of whichelicited ho-hum reactions from the natural gas industry and spurredspeculation that Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Moler willsucceed him.
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Coastal’s ANR Pipeline is seeking FERC approval to implement twonew interruptible services and expand service options availableunder its firm storage service tariff. The proposed new servicesare called interruptible parking and lending service, andinterruptible wheeling service. “We are offering these new servicesin response to requests by our customers, who have indicated a needfor more product choices and flexibility due to the dynamic natureof today’s natural gas marketplace,” said Jeffrey A. Connelly, ANRCEO. “The revisions we are proposing to our firm storage servicewill provide ANR’s shippers with an array of additional serviceflexibility in managing their supply portfolios.”
Algonquin Gas Transmission plans a 70-mile HubLine extension toconnect to several new and exisiting power generation loads in theNortheast, particularly around Boston, and with new suppliesthrough the proposed Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline system.
Bammel Natural Gas Storage and its connections to Houston PipeLine are due for a major upgrade, Enron announced yesterday. Thecompany plans to drill four new storage wells and construct a12-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline adjacent to an existing HPL linethat will increase Bammel’s withdrawal capacity nearly 20% to 1.4Bcf/d. The $28 million project is designed to enhance services forHPL’s Texas Gulf Coast industrial markets and Houston-based gasutilities, Enron said. It is expected to be completed by year end.
Amoco Oil, Enterprise Products, Exxon Chemical and WilliamsField Services announced plans to form a joint venture to build andoperate a 60,000 b/d natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionationfacility near Baton Rouge, LA. Construction has begun, and start-upis expected next March. The joint venture is to be called BatonRouge Fractionators LLC. Enterprise will operate the plant andmanage fractionation services. Amoco will process its PascagoulaGas Plant volumes at the facility. Exxon will process a portion ofits Louisiana area NGLs there, and Williams will contract toprocess its Mobile Bay Gas Plant volumes at the facility.
Tennessee Gas Pipeline has filed plans to increase capacity onsix separate pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico that together wouldrepresent an increase of over 720 MMcf/d in offshore lines owned byTennessee and other parties and a net increase in deliverabilityout of the Gulf of 200 MMcf/d.