September 22, 2008 / 3:37 PM / in 11 years

Enbridge lifts force majeure on one Gulf gas line

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc’s (ENB.TO) Enbridge U.S. unit said repairs on its Mississippi Canyon natural gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Ike were completed over the weekend and it was lifting force majeure declared on the line on Aug. 30.

The company also said in a website posting it would begin accepting nominations for gas flow on Sunday.

Interconnects with Tennessee Gas Pipeline and the Venice natural gas processing plant, however, remained unavailable due to outages caused by the storm.

The 45-mile, 30-inch Mississippi Canyon line runs from West Delta Block 143 in the Gulf to interconnects with the Venice plant and two interstate pipelines onshore. The line has the capacity to carry 800 million cubic feet of gas per day.

The company’s Manta Ray offshore gathering system remained under force majeure and was not expected to return to service until Sept. 26 at the earliest, a separate posting said.

“A significant amount of repair work is expected to be completed by Sept. 25, allowing for a partial return to service,” the posting said.

Most of the company’s Garden Banks system also remained shut in, with no estimate on restoration of service, while its Enbridge Offshore pipelines system, its Stingray pipeline and its Nautilus pipeline remained under force majeure.

The Nautilus system remained shut in due to upstream restrictions and ongoing damage assessment at Burns Point, a posting said.

The company was expected to issue an update on the status of most of its lines on Monday.

Enbridge offshore pipelines move an average of 3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. (Reporting by Eileen Moustakis; Editing by Walter Bagley)

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