Gas Factbox: Gas Pipelines, LDCs Still Assessing Irma Impacts

S&P Global Platts
Written By: Jim Magill, Derek Sands
S&P Global Platts
Written By: Jim Magill, Derek Sands

Houston (Platts)--12 Sep 2017 12:23 am EDT/16:23 GMT

Operators of natural gas interstate pipeline systems and local distribution companies continued to assess the damage from Hurricane Irma on Monday morning.

The storm, which slammed into Florida Sunday, caused significant damage throughout the entire state and crews were fanning out across a wide area Monday to assess damage to the gas infrastructure.

Interstate Pipelines

* The Gulfstream pipeline system continues to operate normally, Christopher Stockton, a spokesman for parent company Williams, said in a statement Monday. "No significant issues have been identified as a result of the storm. We are preparing to conduct full facility assessments once the weather improves and it is safe to do so," he said.

* Sable Trail Transmission continues to operate safely, Andrea Grover, a spokeswoman for parent company Enbridge said in a statement. The pipeline, which runs beneath the Gulf of Mexico to service central and southern Florida, is being operated with essential staff only as a precautionary measure, she said. "Our chief concern remains the safety of our people and our operations. We continue to be able to meet any customer needs," she said.

* Kinder Morgan was still assessing impacts to its assets in Florida, a spokeswoman said Monday morning.

Gas Utilities

* Southern Company, parent company of Florida City Gas and Atlanta Gas Light, was assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma, and expects to issue an updated report later Monday, a spokeswoman said.

Gas Demand

* Florida gas demand along with that of the overall Southeastern US declined sharply over the weekend as a result of Hurricane Irma, Platts Analytics Bentek Energy said. The largest concentrated impact came from Florida power burn, which declined 1.2 Bcf/d since Friday.

* Throughput at segments on Florida Gas and Gulfstream showed declines in gas moving into Florida, falling 134 MMcf/d and 648 MMcf/d, respectively, since Friday. Deliveries from Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line onto Sabal Trail also declined 176 MMcf/d.

* Platts Analytics expects demand to continue to weaken in areas along the storm's path as Irma moves further inland along a northwestern path into Georgia and Alabama. Florida demand is likely to remain suppressed even after the storm passes through the state as power companies work to restore damage from the storm, Platts Analytics said. Florida Gas Zone 3 is likely to experience downward pressure in the wake of the weekend's demand destruction.

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