Transco will lift the only OFO it has ever issued, a systemwide Imbalance Operational Flow Order to all buyers that took effect Dec. 1 (see Daily GPI, Nov. 30), effective with Friday’s gas day. The order, which had penalties of $25/Dth for daily imbalances of at least 1,000 dekatherms exceeding a 5% tolerance over nominated volumes, was effective in easing operational concerns about system integrity, it said. Upon termination of the OFO, Transco also will return pool scheduling tolerances to 4% and will resume accepting receipt make-up nominations from shippers with negative (i.e., due the pipeline) imbalances.

El Paso said the #2 turbine at Dutch Flat Station was to be down Wednesday and today, reducing Havasu Crossover capacity by 35 MMcf/d. Dimmitt Station will be down Dec. 11, reducing capacity through Dimmitt north on the Dumas Line by 110 MMcf/d. However, based on recent market demand, this should not cause any cuts to scheduled volumes, El Paso said. The pipeline amended a notice of a Dec. 8 Line 3162 outage (see Daily GPI, Dec. 4) to say the IDELHIWA interconnect must be shut in that day.

Effective Jan. 1, 2002, the commercial and administrative functions of Destin Pipeline, currently performed by Shell Gas Transmission, will be assumed by BP Pipelines. To ensure as seamless a transition as possible, BP Pipelines has elected to continue using Altra pipeline software for making nominations, generating reports, scheduling, confirmations and transportation/imbalance invoicing. GISB nomination and confirmation cycle protocols also will continue to be used. See the Destin bulletin board for details and contact information.

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