El Paso’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline declared a force majeure event Wednesday night in conjunction with a “possible leak” on its TTT Pipeline segment offshore Louisiana. Six Eugene Island meters and four Ship Shoal meters were required to shut in until further notice.

Tennessee was able to keep affected producers whole on deliveries Wednesday and Thursday, a spokesman said, but nominations for Friday’s gas day may be affected. He was unable to estimate the shut-in volumes but said “minimal quantities” were involved. The pipeline is cooperating with producers to work around the problem as much as possible, he said.

Tennessee was not able to confirm the existence of a leak Thursday because of bad weather offshore. It would be at least late Thursday evening before a boat with divers could be en route to the scene, the spokesman said, so any assessment is unlikely to start before Friday morning at the earliest.

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