MidContinent Express Pipeline LLC

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Effective Date: 04/10/2009, Docket: RP09-136-000, Status: Effective

Original Sheet No. 263 Original Sheet No. 263

 

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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31.6 OPERATIONAL FLOW ORDERS

 

(a) (1) In the event that the Advisory Actions under

Section 31.5 are not sufficient to alleviate conditions, inter alia,

which threaten or could threaten the safe operations of MEP's System

or MEP's ability to provide firm service, MEP is authorized to issue

Operational Flow Orders. Notwithstanding the foregoing, MEP shall

take reasonable actions to minimize the issuance and the adverse

impact of Operational Flow Orders, or of any other measure taken

under this Section 31 in response to adverse operational events on

MEP's System, including issuance of Operational Flow Orders which, to

the extent practicable and where appropriate under the circumstances,

are directed only to the specific Shipper or Shippers whose actions

caused or contributed significantly to the conditions which required

MEP to issue the Operational Flow Order. MEP will issue Operational

Flow Orders when necessary to maintain the pressure of its System

within the range of normal operating parameters, respond to changes

(including anticipated changes) in weather conditions or respond to

or prevent facility outages or other conditions which could have a

detrimental impact on system reliability or service integrity on its

system. Operational Flow Orders shall be lifted as soon as

practicable once such conditions no longer prevail; provided that

Operational Flow Orders need not be lifted if doing so might result

in a recurrence of the conditions sought to be addressed.

 

(2) Operational Flow Orders shall require action

within any Shipper class proportionate to appropriate and relevant

parameters, such as applicable contract quantities or current or

recent flowing Gas volumes subject to Section 31.4(b).

 

(3) The Operational Flow Order shall identify

with specificity the situation to be addressed and shall (in addition

to mandating specific actions) indicate voluntary actions by Shippers

(increased takes or receipts/decreased takes or receipts, etc.) which

would alleviate such situation. Operational Flow Orders shall also

specify the time when compliance must be achieved. Such Operational

Flow Orders may, subject to the remainder of this Section 31.6,

require a Shipper to take any of the following actions, or similar

actions, to the extent such actions would tend to alleviate the

situation to be addressed: