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Transportation 2001 P9

  • 03/27/2001 -- Electric Power news briefs, Mar. 27
    Calpine Corp. ... Shell Chemical Co. ... European Union ... AES Corp. ... IPALCO Enterprises Inc. ... Market Hub Partners ... Logansport Electric Utility ... Kansas Corporation Commission ... New Power Co. ... Wisconsin Energy Corp. ... IntercontinentalExchange ... Duke Energy Knox LLC ... Mirant Corp.
  • 03/27/2001 -- California ISO reduces estimate of summer power shortfall
    Compared to a previous analysis, the California Independent System Operator has cut is power supply deficit forecast for this summer. The ISO said it identified additional resources and will cut its required reserves to help meet demand and reduce the number of blackouts. The measure will cost $800,000/month in fines. Nonetheless, the grid operator still expects rotating outages throughout the summer.
  • 03/28/2001 -- FERC clears El Paso of affiliate abuse; calls for market power hearing
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday said El Paso Natural Gas Co. did not violate the agency's bidding rules and found no affiliate abuse, as claimed by California regulators. However, the commission appointed an administrative law judge to hear regulators' charges El Paso drove up gas prices at the California border through its control over pipeline capacity. El Paso said it is confident after reviewing the record, FERC will conclude the company 'has not exercised market power.'
  • 03/28/2001 -- Sempra to increases intrastate pipeline capacity
    In direct response to increased power generator demand, Sempra Energy will increase the capacity of its intrastate gas pipeline which transports gas from the California border to its service territory in southern California. It will also increase storage capacity. Sempra�s unit Southern California Gas Co. will modify its pipeline to allow the delivery of an additional 175 MMcfd by yearend, boosting capacity by 5%.
  • 03/28/2001 -- Electric Power news briefs, Mar. 28
    Westcoast Energy Inc. ... Companhia Paulista de Forca e Luz ... InterGen ... Alliance Transmission Co. ... CMS Energy Corp. ... H Power Corp. ... Kurita Water Industries Ltd. ... Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. ... USPowerSolutions ... Southern California Edison Co. ... Northeast Utilities ... Puget Sound Energy
  • 03/29/2001 -- FERC approves first milestone in Centennial conversion
    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given Trunkline Gas Co., an affiliate of CMS Energy Corp., permission to abandon a gas pipeline, a prelude to its conversion to a petroleum products line. The 720-mile line, dubbed Centennial Pipeline, extends from Longville, La., to Bourbon, Ill.
  • 03/29/2001 -- Oregon legislature to vote on expediting power plant siting
    As the energy crisis deepens in the West, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said he is backing bills in the legislature that will streamline power plant siting procedures and encourage conservation. Senate Bill 843 eliminates the need for power plants of 100 Mw or less to undergo a full review by the state siting office, so long as they get approval from the local land use authority. A second bill cuts by half the time taken to review larger gas-fired plants.
  • 03/30/2001 -- BC Gas eyes expansion for its Southern Crossing line
    BC Gas Utility Ltd. in April will seek expressions of interest in an expansion of its British Columbian Southern Crossing Pipeline. The proposed expansion, dubbed the Inland Pacific Connector project, would extend the existing 303-km system 260 km to Huntingdon, BC.
  • 04/02/2001 -- Japanese utility takes stake in Thai cogeneration developer
    Electric Power Development Co., the majority state-owned Japanese utility concern, has stepped up its investment portfolio in Thailand. The firm has acquired a 20% stake in TLP Cogeneration, a Thai energy firm that is going to embark on a 3.25 billion baht ($75.67 million) gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration facility on the Thai eastern seaboard.
  • 04/02/2001 -- TotalFinaElf begins UK North Sea's deepest production
    TotalFinaElf has begun production from Elgin field in the Central Graben area of the UK North Sea. Cost of the Elgin/Franklin development is �1.65 billion, making it one of the major UK North Sea projects of recent years. The fields also are the deepest in the UK North Sea at 5,500 m.
  • 04/02/2001 -- Williams executive calls for stable, lower gas prices
    William Hobbs, president Williams Energy Marketing & Trade, said the natural gas industry will lose market share�unless prices stabilize soon. 'If $5 to $10/MMcf gas prices continue over a period of time, natural gas will decline in use,' Hobbs said at the Ziff Energy Group North American Gas Strategies Conference in Houston. 'The ammonia, steel, and chemical industries can�t survive on $5 gas. They are hurting.'
  • 04/02/2001 -- Without rains, government says Brazil faces summer blackouts
    Brazil's Mines and Energy Minister Jose Jorge Vasconcelos warned unless there are heavy rains between now and June, the country will suffer a severe electricity shortage. The minister based his warning on a wide ranging report by the National Operator of the Electricity Systems (ONS). According to the ONS report ,if there are no heavy rains by May, 600,000 sq km, including Minas Gerais, east Goias, and the industrial northeast region of Sao Paulo state will face blackouts.
  • 04/03/2001 -- CMS to expand LNG terminal at Lake Charles, La.
    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the request of CMS Trunkline LNG, a unit of CMS Energy Corp., to expand the peak send out capacity of its liquefied natural gas terminal at Lake Charles, La.
  • 04/03/2001 -- Gov. Knowles says Alaska may block offshore gas pipeline
    Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles said Tuesday he expects the state legislature to pass a bill prohibiting construction of an offshore pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Canada�s Mackenzie Delta. Knowles said Alaskans want North Slope gas transported to the Lower 48 States through a pipeline across Alaska.
  • 04/03/2001 -- Falcon buys Hill-Lake gas storage facility in Texas
    Falcon Gas Storage Co., Houston, has acquired the Hill-Lake natural gas storage facility 100 miles west of Dallas, Tex., in Eastland County from TXU Lone Star Pipeline Co., Dallas. Falcon plans to add more compression, retrofit surface facilities, and drill horizontal injection/withdrawal wells to transform the Hill-Lake facility into a high-deliverability, multi-cycle gas storage facility.
  • 04/04/2001 -- UN moves to halt unauthorized Iraqi oil shipments
    The United Nations acted Tuesday to halt unauthorized Iraqi oil exports. It will issue forms to tanker personnel charged with oil loading in order to ensure that crude cargoes leaving Iraq are not diverted to destinations other than those authorized under the Iraqi oil-for-food program.
  • 04/04/2001 -- Conoco Canada buys Procor�s LPG, gas storage assets
    Conoco Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based Conoco Inc., has acquired the natural gas and gas liquids storage and distribution assets of Procor LPG Storage Inc., Regina, Sask., for an unnamed consideration.
  • 04/04/2001 -- Summer electricity adequate, transmission constrained, MAIN says
    Electricity supplies in Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin are expected to be adequate this summer, but transmission serving Wisconsin remains constrained, the Mid-American Interconnect Network (MAIN) said Wednesday. The reliability council estimated electricity resources will total 61,353 Mw, including net contracted purchases of 1,886 Mw. The summer peak load will be about 55,221 Mw. After subtracting interruptible load, that leaves a regional capacity margin of 15%, MAIN said.
  • 04/04/2001 -- Power shortages halt salmon water spills in US Northwest
    Facing the potential for power shortages, federal agencies will not release water through spillways at dams in the US Northwest to assist young salmon in their spring migration to the sea. The hydro system will be operated without spill for at least 2 weeks. Water saved by not spilling is sufficient to generate 1,000 Mw, the Bonneville Power Administration said. Spilled water can�t be used to generate power, a critical consideration this year, which is shaping up as one of the driest on record.
  • 04/06/2001 -- Kern River gets authorization for 'emergency' pipeline expansion
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday issued the requested authorization for a unit of Williams, Tulsa, to expand capacity on the Kern River pipeline. The $81 million expansion would add 135 MMcfd of limited-term, incremental transportation capacity from Wyoming to California by July 1.

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