Northern Natural Gas, operator of the Matagorda Offshore Pipeline System (MOPS), said construction delays have changed its tentative schedule for restoring service on MOPS following a June 12 shutdown (see Daily GPI, July 20). Nine platforms are now scheduled to be reactivated during the gas days of Friday and Saturday for pressure testing of the system and bringing the mainline back to normal operating pressure. A pig launching from the Mustang 758 platform is set for Monday of next week to clear accumulated liquids. Nominations will be accepted for Monday’s gas day for the nine platforms that were activated to facilitate the pigging activity. The pig is expected to be received at the Tivoli (TX) Plant on or before Aug. 3, where the plant is expected to take a minimum of three days to process the liquids. All platform production will be shut in during the liquids processing. Once they have been processed, the MOPS system will return to normal operations. Currently that is expected to happen Aug. 7, Northern Natural said.

The leak that required Transco to shut in production at two receipt points upstream of its North Padre Island Processing Facility in South Texas (see Daily GPI, July 24) has been repaired, the pipeline reported Tuesday. It was accepting Intraday 1 nominations for Tuesday’s gas day at the affected points.

Kern River has learned from the manufacturer that a damaged Goodsprings Compressor Station unit (see Daily GPI, July 18) can not be repaired. Kern River said it is working with the vendor and has been able to acquire a replacement that is in the final manufacturing stages. The pipeline anticipates that the replacement compressor will be installed and the station restored to full service by mid-August 2007. Capacity through Goodsprings will remain at 1,466,000 Dth/d until further notice.

Southern Natural Gas said Monday it has completed sufficient repairs to hurricane-damaged facilities upstream of the Toca (LA) Compressor Station to allow flows to resume at the Main Pass 138 receipt point.

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