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Natural gas factbox: Production recovery continues

Houston (Platts)--3 Sep 2017 346 pm EDT/1946 GMT


Gulf of Mexico offshore gas production continued to rebound Sunday in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said about 271.4 MMcf/d of gas was shut in as of 11:30 am CDT, 8.4% of normal Gulf gas output of 3.2 Bcf/d. That is down from 10.5% Saturday.

Personnel remained evacuated from 30 production platforms, or 4.1% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. That compares to 43 platforms Saturday.


PIPELINES AND PROCESSING


* Kinder Morgan, which moves move than one-third of the natural gas consumed in the US, continued to see restrictions on some segments of its Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

* Pipeline operator Williams said Sunday about 215 MMcf/d of offshore gas supply was shut in by Gulf producers feeding its Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line system. That is down from 255 MMcf/d Friday and 280 MMcf/d at the height of the storm.

* DCP Midstream said it had restarted two gas processing plants, one in the Eagle Ford and one in the Permian, and was in the process of restarting a third in the Eagle Ford due to improvements in third-party constraints. Three plants in the Eagle Ford and one plant in the Permian remained shut in late Saturday and were prepared to be brought back up as third party fractionation and storage space becomes available, the company said.

All of its logistics facilities, including Sand Hills, Southern Hills and other NGL pipelines connecting to the Gulf Coast, have continued to operate and remained fully operational.


LNG


* While Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana remained operational throughout the storm and its aftermath, cargoes have not been able to dock at or leave the facility since August 24 because vessel traffic along the Intracoastal Waterway feeding the terminal has been suspended. The suspension remained in effect Sunday, said a dispatcher for the Sabine pilots, who navigate vessels along the waterway. The dispatcher said it may be Tuesday or Wednesday before the suspension is lifted.

--Harry Weber, harry.weber@spglobal.com

--Edited by Kevin Saville, kevin.saville@spglobal.com




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