El Paso has a full plate of various maintenance projects set for February; see the bulletin board for details. The ones with the biggest service impacts are set for the South Mainline, which will see Low Pressure System capacity reductions as high as 750 MMcf/d Feb. 7-8 and 610 MMcf/d Feb. 3-6 and again on Feb. 9. Also, the pipeline said, the Washington Ranch Storage facility must be withdrawing at a rate of approximately 180 MMcf/d to accommodate equipment testing on Feb. 9. El Paso said it will lose a large degree of operational flexibility during the Washington Ranch test, “making it critical that all parties scheduling gas on our pipeline manage their volumes carefully to balance receipts and deliveries daily.”

ANR reported being informed by owners and/or operators of processing plants serving its Southeast and Southwest Areas that based on their current analysis of February processing economics, most will not process unless required by gas quality requirements on ANR’s system. Thus ANR has determined that it must establish hydrocarbon dew point (HDP) limits of 25 degrees F for Southeast Area receipts and 30 degrees in its Southwest Area. Both limits will be in effect Feb. 1-28. Gas exceeding the HDP limits and located upstream of a processing plant must be processed, and evidence of such an arrangement must be made available to ANR upon request, the pipeline said.

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