The TransCanada Alberta system (NOVA) said Thursday it “understands the impact that the fire at the ethane facility near Fort Saskatchewan is having on the industry.” The pipeline is granting on a case-by-case basis a hydrocarbon dew point relief to shippers upon written request, pending downstream review. “At this point we have observed no adverse operational impacts on our system,” TransCanada said. “It has been determined that the overall heating value at Empress has remained steady, whereas the average heating value at ABC [Alberta/British Columbia border] has risen since Sunday…We have seen no significant reduction of overall field receipts and we are not aware of any major concerns for downstream transporters or end-users.” TransCanada noted that in light of a press release Wednesday by BP Canada, the ethane facility operator, “we understand that there is a plan to reactivate a liquid pipeline system. Although there are no immediate plans to extinguish the fire, they do expect the duration of the fire to last at least two weeks.”
El Paso said Line 1218 downstream of Bondad Station in southwestern Colorado will be out of service for repairs to the pig launcher Sept. 4, reducing station capacity by 190 MMcf/d.
Northern Natural Gas said its KB Line north of Kermit Station in West Texas will be shut in and blown down for line repair Sept. 11. The line is expected to be back in service by the start of the Sept. 12 gas day. The work will affect an estimated 375,000 MMBtu/d at one receipt point and six delivery points.
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