Open Season February 6, 2020

Binding Open Season for Summer 2020 Short Term Firm Export Service Offering

February 6, 2020

TransGas Limited (TransGas) hereby announces a Binding Open Season for Short Term Firm Export Transport Service for the TransGas Energy Pool (TEP) to TC Energy Mainline at Empress. This Binding Open Season is being conducted pursuant to the terms and conditions contained within the TransGas Comprehensive Tariff and the terms and conditions set out herein.   

The cost for this service is the E11.1, E11.2 or E21.2 Short Term Firm Export toll; current TransGas rates are subject to change. New Short Term Firm Export service will be an E11.1 service.  If a customer wishes to convert existing D11.0 or D21.0 delivery demand to export demand it will be an E11.2 or E21.2 service respectively. Customers will indicate their desired minimum and maximum volume and applicable service type for the requested service.   

The available term for Short Term Firm Export is from April 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 at Empress. If available, based on system operation, TransGas may also offer additional monthly export through future Binding Open Seasons.

Service Type Toll Renewal rights Transportation Capacity  Term
Short Term Firm Export at Empress
E11.1, E11.2 or E21.2  No Renewal Rights (NRR) Up to 50,000 GJ/d April 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Additional terms governing this service include:

  • Bids by entities or their affiliates cannot exceed the available transportation capacity for the indicated term.
  • Bid durations must match the available term length.
  • Queue deposit is not required

The requests received will be evaluated and awarded based on the following:

  • TransGas will evaluate the Binding Open Season Bid Forms until such time as the availability left in the Open Season has been awarded. If, at any point in time during the evaluation process, circumstances are such that a customer’s minimum requested capacity exceeds the available quantity, no further evaluation will be made to the submitted Bid Form.
  • If oversubscribed, Bids will be allocated on a prorated basis.

Interested customers are invited to complete the Request for Service by 12:00 p.m. Saskatchewan time, February 20, 2020.

Immediately following the close of the Binding Open Season, TransGas will evaluate the Bid Forms received, allocate the service quantities and contact interested parties regarding the amount of service allocated to them through the Binding Open Season. TransGas will then enter the Request for Service and award the contract within the TransGas Business System, QPTM.


In September of 2019, TransGas Customer Dialogue members asked TransGas to review the Firm Export Service offering process. From October 2019 to January 2020, TransGas worked with Customer Dialogue to refine the method for offering Firm Export Service throughout the year. A description of how export will be offered in 2020 going forward is outlined below:

  1. A Short Term Firm Seasonal Export will be offered in early February for export from April 1 to October 31 (i.e. this Binding Open Season).
  2. Once the Seasonal Offering closes, independent base monthly amounts for April through October will be offered. This will likely be a different transport volume for each month. These offerings will close mid-March.
  3. When the independent base monthly offerings close, any unallocated amounts will be available on a first come, first serve basis for any time frame in the available months. These requests can be for a minimum of one day, a few days, a few weeks or multiple months where unallocated capacity remains. Requests may also overlap (i.e. end of August to mid-September).
  4. Monthly amounts will then be offered on a near month basis. Once a near month offering is open, the first come first serve will be closed for that month. First come first serve will continue to be available for future months offered in the previous independent base monthly offer. TransGas will move any unallocated near month amounts to be available on a first come, first serve basis for a maximum of up to the next five days aligning with the export nomination deadlines
  5. Lastly, daily IT Export will continue to be offered in the same manner as the previous year.