Less than Zero: Sabal Trail Gas 2018-01-10

If Sabal Trail gas isn’t needed continuously when there was snow in Florida during the coldest week of the winter, when is it needed? This week when it’s warm Sabal Trail gas went to less than zero (-2 MDTH/day Nominated Capacity). So apparently it’s needed never. Shut it down.

This month 2018-01-01 to 2018-01-10, Graph

This month 2018-01-01 to 2018-01-10, Graph

To review, Sabal Trail’s gas dropped to zero November 14, 2017, and stayed there for seventeen days, before going up slightly, dropping back to zero, bursting in the first week of January, shipping most of that gas to other pipelines and peaking power plants, then dropping back to almost nothing and then less than nothing.

Recent 2017-11-10 to 2018-01-10, Graph
Recent 2017-11-10 to 2018-01-10, Graph

All 2017-06-13 to 2018-01-10, Graph
All 2017-06-13 to 2018-01-10, Graph

Meanwhile on New Year’s Day Sabal Trail admitted Duke Energy Florida is no longer a customer. Which may be related to yesterday’s less than zero map.

2018-01-10 Operationally Available, Map

2018-01-10 Operationally Available, Map

This data comes from the various pipelines’ own FERC-required daily information postings.

The main points are written up in a 20-page Motion to reject FERC DSEIS, to take Sabal Trail out of service, and to revoke its permit: WWALS to FERC 2017-12-29.

Here’s how WWALS member Janet Barrow discovered and I verified that Sabal Trail’s gas went to zero on November 14, 2017, 30 days after the expiration date of Duke Energy Florida’s initial contract The main points of this posting are in the above motion to FERC, but there is some more detail here and some graphs: Sabal Trail no gas for a week?

On January 1, 2018, Sabal Trail removed Duke Energy Florida from Sabal Trail’s Customer Index, thus admitting what we suspected in November: Duke Energy Florida apparenty is no longer a customer of Sabal Trail, thus taking away FERC’s main excuse for issuing a permit back in February 2016: Sabal Trail admits Duke not customer, ramps up gas anyway 2018-01-04.

Sabal Trail burst up beyond capacity the first week of January and then back down: Flash in the pan, Sabal Trail? 2018-01-06

This post demonstrates from the various pipelines’ own FERC-required informational postings that much of Sabal Trail’s recent burst went to other pipelines and to peaker plants, which does not demonstrate need: Sabal Trail gas into Gulfstream, 2018-01-1-6.

The rest of the recent WWALS blog posts about Sabal Trail are collected on the WWALS website under Issues, then Sabal Trail.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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