What's New at NGA?

December 5, 2021
NGA's "2021 Statistical Guide" Available Online
NGA has posted online the 2021 version of its "Statistical Guide," an annual review of statistics and trends relating to the region's natural gas industry. Look for the document here: http://www.northeastgas.org/statguide.php

Cybersecurity is Focus of New "Energy Conversations" Podcast
This fall, NGA launched its new podcast series, called "Conversations...About Our Energy Future." The series features Charles Crews of NGA in conversation with key individuals in the nation's energy arena, to discuss current issues helping shape our common energy future.
On December 5, NGA posted the 4th episode - an interview with Brian Harrell, vice president and chief security officer with Avangrid, on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. View the latest conversation here: https://www.northeastgas.org/energy_future.php

U.S. HHS Releases Low-Income Home Energy Heating Assistance Funding for States; Northeast States Receiving Around $925 Million in Total
On November 1, the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance (DEA), of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the initial release of approximately $3.37 billion of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 regular block grant funding to LIHEAP grantees (states and tribal set-asides). The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. The 9 Northeast states are receiving $924.5 million of the total allotment, as follows: CT, $65.7 million; ME, $36.3 million; MA, $120.6 million; NH, $25.1 million; NJ, $112.7 million; NY, $340.2 million; PA, $182.8 million; RI, $21.9 million; and VT, $18.8 million. Further information can be found at:
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/policy-guidance/liheap-dcl-2022-01-first-funding-release-fy-2022#.YYlACaV_Zv0.twitter

Repsol Completes Acquisition of Canaport LNG Terminal - Now to be Called "Saint John LNG"
On November 15, Repsol announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% ownership of the Canaport LNG terminal, which it has operated since the facility opened in 2009. The terminal will be renamed Saint John LNG to mark the transition to new ownership, which aims to continue serving Repsol's customers in Atlantic Canada and the US Northeast while looking at future developments aligned with its strategy to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. As sole owner of Saint John LNG, Repsol gains flexibility and control of the operations to optimize the efficiency and value of the facility. It also positions Repsol to explore new opportunities to help meet market demand and to support the energy transition. The company noted: "Over the past number of months, Repsol and Irving Oil have been working together to finalize this transaction. Repsol extends its best wishes to Irving Oil for success in the future." The press release can be found here: https://www.canaportlng.com/blog/repsol-completes-acquisition-of-lng-terminal

NGA Holds Pre-Winter Webinar
On November 15, NGA held its annual pre-winter webinar, with updates from several interstate pipelines and LNG import operators. Topics addressed included status of maintenance, system upgrades, role of gas in power generation, and global market trends. The speaker presentations can be found here: https://www.northeastgas.org/2021_prewinter_briefing_presentations.php

New Natural Gas Infrastructure Enhancements Enter Service in the Region
On November 4, the U.S. EIA published an update in its "Natural Gas Weekly Update" noting that several new pipeline enhancement projects had recently entered service in New Jersey and New England, "increasing supplies to constrained demand markets in the Northeast." EIA reports:

"In New England, two projects will increase winter supplies to the region by over 100 MMcf/d":

  • "The 261 Upgrade Projects completed its second and final phase, entering service on October 6, 2021. With the new, upgraded compressor at Station 261, an estimated 20 MMcf/d of additional natural gas supply can be delivered by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) into New England."
  • "Portland Natural Gas Transmission System's (PNGTS) Westbrook Xpress Project Phases 2 and 3 entered service on October 21, 2021, allowing natural gas pipeline imports from Canada at Pittsburg, New Hampshire, to increase by 81 MMcf/d in total. In addition, the new Westbrook compressor station in Westbrook, Maine, will increase capacity on the co-operated Maritimes & Northeast pipeline by 50 MMcf/d."

"In addition to the two projects above, the Middlesex Expansion Project entered service in New Jersey on September 28, 2021. This 264 MMcf/d TETCO expansion delivers natural gas-via interconnections with other interstate pipelines-to the 724 megawatt (MW) Woodbridge Energy Center combined-cycle power plant in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey."

Call Before You Dig - Dig Safely!
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and its stakeholders remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. More information is at: https://call811.com/

In addition to the national 811 service, NGA reminds its members - and the general public - that each of the Northeast states has a local "One Call Center."

NGA has links to the call centers in the Northeast region here: https://www.northeastgas.org/call_centers.php

Utilize these important resources - be aware - and be safe!