Pacific Gas & Electric widened Wednesday’s customer-specific OFO into a systemwide Stage 3 high-inventory OFO for Thursday. Penalties of $5/Dth will be applied to shippers exceeding a 1% tolerance for positive daily imbalances. Southern California Gas also kept a high-linepack OFO declared for Wednesday in effect through Thursday.

Florida Gas Transmission issued an Overage Alert Day notice Wednesday with 5% tolerance for negative daily imbalances. FGT also said current operating conditions at the Vinton/Sabine Pass Transco/FGT Interconnect in southwest Louisiana are resulting in consistent flow of 90,000 MMBtu/d; normally it schedules up to 120,000 MMBtu/d at this point. The pipeline reported being informed by upstream parties that these conditions will continue for about five more days, so until they change FGT will only schedule up to 90,000 MMBtu/d at the interconnect.

Transco lifted Wednesday a Scheduling OFO implemented Monday for Zone 1 volumes due to excess receipts (see Daily GPI, Oct. 20). Operating pressures in that segment have returned to acceptable levels and production is consistent with scheduled quantities, Transco said. However, it will continue to monitor receipts and deliveries in Zone 1 to ensure they remain in balance and will reinstate the OFO if it begins to experience “unacceptable” positive imbalance levels.

Based on current and projected storage levels, Sonat said it does not expect to permit shippers to inject long imbalances for October into ISS accounts. The pipeline noted that it is “evaluating on each scheduling cycle all nonfirm transactions (nominations and transfer requests) that rely on storage.”

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