Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ice formation halts LNG deliveries on Algonquin's HubLine system

HOUSTON - Ice formation on Algonquin Gas Transmission's HubLine system prevented a liquefied natural gas tanker offshore Boston from making any
deliveries to the Algonquin city-gates and neighboring markets, company
officials said in a Feb. 13 interview.
According to Platts, deliveries ceased Feb. 1 on Algonquin's HubLine, a pipeline through which LNG from Excelerate Energy's Northeast Gateway terminal enters Algonquin. Flow data also indicated that the three Bcf tanker has unloaded less than 15 percent of its capacity since mid-January.
A spokeswoman for Spectra Energy, Algonquin's parent, said that an "ice-type formation" was found on HubLine on or around Feb. 6. "The formation is related to residual water from hydrostatic testing from last year," Mary Lee Hanley said.
Hanley added that maintenance is ongoing and deliveries have only been
restricted and not completely shut in.

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