Date/Time:08/31/2017 1:00 PM
Subject: RESERVATION OF CAP. FOR FUTURE NE EXPAN.
TO: ALL TENNESSEE GAS PIPELINE COMPANY CUSTOMERS
RE: RESERVATION OF CAPACITY FOR A FUTURE NORTHEAST EXPANSION PROJECT – FINAL UPDATE
In accordance with Article XXVI, Section 5.8 of the General Terms and Conditions of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.’s (“Tennessee”) FERC Gas Tariff, on May 23, 2016, Tennessee posted notice of capacity it had reserved for a future expansion project(s) in the Northeast (“May 23 Notice”) and that required an open season be held within one year of the posting. Tennessee updated this notice on February 14, 2017 to revise the effective date of the reservation of capacity to November 1, 2019. Tennessee subsequently held a binding open season on May 23, 2017 through June 30, 2017 (Open Season #1101). Tennessee posted the results of this open season on July 19, 2017, which stated that 256,868 Dth/d of firm transportation capacity was awarded in response to bids received in Open Season #1101.
Tennessee updated this notice on July 28, 2017 to continue to reserve a minimal amount of capacity (15,000 Dth/d). All other capacity that had previously been reserved as outlined in the May 23, 2016 posting, was released at that time. Since July 28, 2017, TGP has awarded an additional 5,000 Dth/d as a result of Open Season #1101.
Tennessee has now determined that there is no further need to reserve capacity for a Future Northeast Expansion Project and provides notice that, as of the date of this posting no capacity is being reserved for a Future Northeast Expansion.
This posting supersedes any previous posting for a Future Northeast Expansion Project.
PREVIOUS NOTICE OF OPEN SEASON (now closed)
On May 23, 2017, Tennessee Gas (Kinder Morgan) posted a new notice of Open Season for bids for further expansion of its existing pipeline system. So far there are no clear system expansion details, maps or specifications, these most likely being dependent on what contracts they obtain from this Open Season. The proposal casts a wide net of possibilities, citing the existing 200 Line in Zones 5 & 6 (New York & New England – running from western to southern to eastern MA), capacity connection to the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline, and the possibility of additional compression and new pipeline.
POSSIBLE INFLUENCING FACTORS
There are several gas utility projects & issues that we have been monitoring that may possibly have influence over this Open Season call for bids.
— Berkshire Gas Moratorium, MA
Berkshire Gas is still imposing a moratorium on any new or expanded gas hook-ups in the Pioneer Valley, citing system constraint and offering only a 19-mile 12″ distribution main as a solution, having not been able to draw from the now cancelled NED project.
— Liberty Utilities, NH
Conversion of Keene’s air-propane system to natural gas & establishing new system in Upper Valley region, well away from Concord Lateral.
— Vernon, VT
Renewed interest in electric generation development on the VT Yankee nuclear plant site, this time calling for a mix of sources including solar, wind, hydro, battery back-up and possible small-scale gas
— Pieridae Export Terminal, Goldboro Terminal proposal, Nova Scotia
Renewed call for development of the Goldboro Terminal.
Tennesse Gas Pipeline – Zones 6 and 5
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Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline
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All Northeast Transmission Pipelines (Multiple Companies)
(TGP in 200 in blue, TGP 300 in green)