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Waivers of NAESB Standards Facilitate Maintenance of LINK® System

Mark Reishus
September 10, 2019 at 09:49:43 ET

On Sept. 9, 2019, FERC granted requests from 17 natural gas pipelines, known as the LINK® Companies, for temporary waiver of certain North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) standards, Commission regulations, and tariff provisions to accommodate an outage of their Electronic Bulletin Boards (LINK® System) required by upcoming system maintenance.

“The LINK® Companies state that the required LINK® System maintenance is scheduled to commence on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 10:00 p.m. Central Clock Time (CCT), and that the work will continue until 9:00 a.m. CCT on Sunday, September 15, 2019 (Outage Period). According to the LINK® Companies, the purpose of the system maintenance is to migrate the database software used to support the LINK® System to the most recent version of the software.”

The waiver is necessary so that the LINK® Companies can temporarily modify their nomination and scheduling processes prior to the Outage Period, and temporarily suspend the requirements during the Outage Period.

No protests or adverse comments were filed in response to the waiver requests.

“For good cause shown, we grant the LINK® Companies’ requested waiver of the NAESB standards, Commission regulations, and tariff provisions as discussed above, and only as necessary to perform the required maintenance on the LINK® System. According to the LINK® Companies, the measures discussed above will enable the LINK® Companies’ customers to make the necessary advanced nominations and scheduling arrangements in order to mitigate any disruption in service during the Outage Period. Further, as discussed above, the maintenance is necessary for the efficient functioning of the LINK® system and corresponding operation of the LINK® Companies' pipeline systems.”

See ¶452-2: Business Practice Standards for more information on NAESB standards.

Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, et al., Letter Order Granting Filing of Request for Temporary Waiver, 168 FERC ¶61,149 (2019) [Docket No. RP19-1463-000].

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