Pipe Kwon Do

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Eastern Philosophy in the Pacific Time Zone

The timing of the Scheduled Volumes Report (the 100 Report), especially when delayed, can occasionally distract the focus of even a seasoned Pipe Kwon Do master. PG&E California Gas Transmission's goal is to keep you as up to date and informed as possible, helping maintain that focus.

Some schedulers, focusing intently on their afternoon Pipe Kwon Do, find themselves in a lotus pose before the INSIDEtracc screen awaiting the release of the 100 Report. As the final link in a gas supply chain thousands of miles long, CGT cannot release the 100 Report before it receives information from upstream pipelines. Time zone differences can make this wait feel like a true test of one's mastery of the scheduling arts.

North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) guidelines call upon interstate pipelines to share scheduled volumes with CGT by 2:30 p.m., Pacific time, and PG&E's gas Rule 21This link will open in a new window provides that CGT will make its best efforts to provide shippers scheduled volumes by the same time. On some rare occasions, however, upstream pipelines are tardy delivering their scheduled volume data to CGT. In these instances, CGT cannot make the 100 Report available by the normal hour, 2:30 p.m., PT.

During recent years, CGT and its interconnecting pipelines have discussed the timely provision of this data, recognizing its importance to customers. CGT and upstream pipelines regularly meet the 2:30 p.m. goal. On the rare occasions when the 100 Report will be delayed 30 minutes or more, CGT will announce the report's delay and estimated time of availability via an INSIDEtracc message, e-mail and a Pipe Ranger News article.

While this information may fall short of the desired data, some solace may be found knowing you have achieved the highest level of knowledge possible and that complete data will follow promptly.

Pipe Kwon Do Master Lapera's Schedulers are available via the CGT Helpline if you have any questions about the 100 Report and its timing.

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