In the matchup of East vs. West markets, it was the East by aknockout Friday. While western prices plunged for the thirdstraight weekend, the East relied on existing and predicted hotweather to range from flat to up about a nickel at most points andrealize gains of almost a dime at Northeast citygates. A screenrise of less than a penny was considered a negligible factor inboth regions.
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For the third session in a row, natural gas futures see-sawed toeither side of unchanged yesterday as traders eschewed eitherbuying or selling the market outside of its recent trading range.After etching out a $2.34 low Tuesday morning, speculative buyingwas once again seen trying to push the July contract throughresistance at $2.40. But resistance held and the contract sank backto finish at $2.367, a 0.5-cent decline on the day.
Sempra Energy International is in the running for its third gasproject in Mexico with its bid to build distribution infrastructureto serve the cities of Torreon, Gomez, Palacio, Ciudad Lerdo, andDurango with the La Laguna-Durango system. Mexico’s EnergyRegulatory Commission (CRE) will announce the winning bidder nolater than May 20.
NOVA restored its 16-inch Josephine Lateral in northwest Albertato service Saturday evening following a rupture caused bythird-party construction. The outage was isolated to a 7-kilometersection of the NPS 16 Josephine Lateral Loop about 30 kilometersnorth of Saddle Hills Compressor Station, NOVA said. The pipelinechanged its daily system imbalance tolerance to -2/+18% due to lowlinepack Saturday morning.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S.Department of Justice are now after three people for allegedlymisappropriating energy futures trades from Coastal, defrauding thecompany of millions of dollars. Robert C. Rossi joins formerCoastal States Trading Corp. employee Steven G. Soule; and Kyler F.Lunman II, owner of Hold-Trade Inc. (Ltd.) as a respondent in thecase.
Most oil and gas companies – 94% – report they expect to befully Y2K ready by next September, according to a survey that wasreleased yesterday at a conference of the oil and gas sectorworking group of the President’s Council on Year 2000 Conversion.
For the third day in a row Wednesday, natural gas futures werelower as traders continued to discount the arctic cold front andfocus on the larger fundamental picture. Even as a wintry mix ofprecipitation spread from Texas to Washington, D.C. yesterday,sources continued to point to the large storage overhang andforecasts calling for warming temperatures by early next week. Theprompt January contract finished 1.9 cents lower at $1.906.
For the third day in a row, the futures market caved under heavyselling pressure Wednesday as traders anxiously unloaded longpositions and initiated fresh shorts. Even major support at $2.24offered bulls no reprieve as sellers pushed the December contractdown 7.5 cents to settle at $2.204.
In another case the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission isgoing to have to defend its policy of not requiring pipelines toflow through penalty revenues, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruledFriday in remanding a case involving NorAm Gas Transmission (No.97-1607). The 2-1 decision in Amoco v. FERC, with Judge Randolphconcurring in part and dissenting in part, did not object toNorAm’s raising penalty rates, but it does ask for an explanationof why the Commission believes penalty revenues will be soinsignificant as to warrant no consideration. In the year prior toNorAm’s rate filing the pipeline had collected $1.8 million inpenalty revenue. The court noted FERC appeared to believe thatbecause penalty rates were raised, the incidence of penalties woulddecrease. But “even if a lesser number of penalties are imposed,the increased penalty rate might result in a gross increase inpenalty revenue. Moreover – and this is the key imponderable -whether a shipper will be willing to incur the penalty depends onhis cost in securing alternative supplies in a tight market.”
Almost a third of gas and oil companies surveyed expect to havecompleted Year-2000 (Y2K) remediation by the end of the year,according to the results of a new survey by the Natural Gas Council(NGC). It further found that 73% said they would be ready by June1999, while all respondents indicated they would be prepared byDecember 1999.