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Bentek: Gas Imports from Canada holding steady

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gas imports from Canada are keeping pace with 2006 levels despite widespread predictions of a sharp decline, according to a report released Tuesday by Bentek Energy. Meanwhile, year-to-date gas shipments from the US to Canada are up 12.5%.

Bentek said its pipeline flow data show the bulk of the 170,000 Mcf/d increase in exports has occurred at the border points of St. Clair and Ojibway, Michigan, through which gas moves to the Dawn Hub in Ontario. That gas has come from Great Lakes Gas Transmission or from pipelines moving supplies north from the Gulf of Mexico and the Midcontinent, the report noted.

Exports to Ontario jumped considerably the past two weeks," Bentek said. "This is due in part to maintenance ending on Vector Pipeline, which increased deliverability by 300,000 Mcf/d, but also due to a jump in southwestern Ontario demand."

But Bentek cautioned that US-to-Ontario shipments may subside as Vector - which connects the Chicago market to Dawn - is scheduled to perform maintenance during the holiday season. "Vector could not provide an exact date for the maintenance or an estimate of the impact, but up to 1.1 Bcf/d could be at risk," Bentek said.

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