Citing “an ongoing gas quality issue” at the Enterprise Meeker receipt point, Rockies Express (REX) said that effective with Evening cycle nominations for Thursday’s gas day until further notice, nominations at the point are being scheduled to zero. Even though gas flow was interrupted on the gas days of Tuesday and Wednesday, the pipeline said, customers were not impacted as REX was able to utilize linepack to make deliveries. In an update Wednesday, REX said purging and packing operations are nearly complete on Spread 4, and it expected to commence purging and packing operations this week on the rest of the system up to the ANR delivery point, subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals. “Based upon this schedule, Rockies Express anticipates providing interim service to the ANR delivery point and points upstream” on or about Jan. 5, depending upon weather conditions, continued progress during the commissioning process and receipt of all final regulatory approvals. Currently, service from the WIC receipt point and from the Echo Springs plant is still anticipated to be as late as Jan. 12. All other receipt and delivery points on the REX system upstream of the ANR delivery point are expected to be placed into service at the same time as the mainline system. Nominations of REX’s Overthrust capacity will be accepted effective Jan. 1 for service to Zone 1 delivery points and to Cheyenne HUB. REX continues to expect that full service on its system to Panhandle Eastern in Audrain County, MO, will be available in early February.

In an update on its East Texas-to-Mississippi Expansion project, Gulf South said based on the status of construction activities as of Wednesday morning there was a low probability of the facilities being in service on Jan. 1. Current plans are to start packing the facilities next Monday, Gulf South said, and subject to FERC authorization, it now anticipates an in-service date of Jan. 3 or 4. FERC issued a certificate for the expansion in late September (see Daily GPI, Oct. 2). A subsequent update is due on or before Monday morning.

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