To encourage shippers to run positive imbalances because of dwindling linepack during an especially severe cold snap in Western Canada, NOVA has reset its imbalance tolerance range to 0/+4.

Williams Field Services (WFS) reported that nominations at the Opal Plant were exceeding field production, according to a Kern River bulletin board posting, and WFS planned to begin utilizing the “EFM” allocation process to reduce tailgate nominations as necessary starting with Cycle 3 nominations for Tuesday’s gas day.

Based on weather forecasts and projected demand, Southern Natural Gas said the Savannah Line and Cypress Line delivery groups will be subject to capacity allocations effective Wednesday until further notice. “If the operational integrity of Southern’s pipeline is threatened, Southern will be required to implement an OFO,” the pipeline added.

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has offered up to 32.9 million Dth of firm storage capacity for the storage year starting April 1 and running through March 31, 2009. The capacity comes with rights to up to 163,000 Dth/d of injection capability during the April 1-Oct. 1 period in 2008 and up to 439,000 Dth/d of withdrawal capability during the April 1, 2008-March 31, 2009 period. The storage rights will be sold through open-ended bilateral negotiations, so there is no bid deadline, SoCalGas said. It noted that under a California Public Utilities Commission decision made last month, the implementation of Firm Access Rights, scheduled for Oct. 1, 2008, will move the location for storage receipts and deliveries from the Southern California border to the SoCalGas citygate. To submit a bid or to discuss the storage program, contact Gwoon Tom at (213) 244-3692 or

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