El Paso warned of possibly needing to declare a Strained Operating Condition, citing high linepack due to actual delivery takes being below scheduled quantities and receipts from supply basins in excess of scheduled volumes. The Washington Ranch storage facility is making maximum injections, El Paso said. It encouraged delivery point operators to take gas according to their scheduled quantities and receipt point operators to reduce and/or maintain deliveries into the system at their scheduled rates. Additionally, imbalance paybacks to the system will not be accepted as long as the high-linepack condition remains.

Citing impending cold weather causing anticipated high demand, effective Monday Texas Eastern is requiring all delivery point operators in Market Area Zones M-2 and M-3 to keep actual daily takes out of the system less than or equal to scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position. All receipt point operators in those zones will be required to keep actual daily receipts into the system greater than or equal to scheduled quantities regardless of their cumulative imbalance position.

Due to extensive repairs required at Station 602 (see Daily GPI, Dec. 2) and the unavailability of spare parts, Trailblazer now does not anticipate completing the work until mid to late January. The pipeline said it will continue to schedule Primary firm and Secondary in-path firm transports in Segment 20 to a minimum of 78% of Maximum Daily Quantity (see the bulletin board for conditions). Secondary out-of-path Firm and ITS/AOR volumes may be available to the extent that Primary firm and Secondary in-path firm shippers are not utilizing 78% of their transport capacity, Trailblazer said.

Based on current information from investigating a suspected leak on Line 524J-100 offshore Louisiana (see Daily GPI, Dec. 23), Tennessee said Wednesday afternoon it believes that the leak is on its line. Six meters remain shut in as the investigation continues, but Tennessee will continue to allow nominations for them to remain in place at this time.

Southern California Gas will lose 140 MMcf/d of injection capacity Jan. 3-17 at its Goleta storage facility. A concrete pour will be conducted at Goleta, the utility said, and there will be no injections while the concrete is curing.

At the request of the point operator, Questar plans to upsize the meter at the Vermillion receipt point, which will require a Jan. 10-13 shut-in.

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