Export Delivery Transportation Service

This service lets customers move their gas from the TransGas Energy Pool (TEP) for delivery outside of Saskatchewan. Export service is most often offered at Empress, but could be at other locations such as Bayhurst, Success, Herbert and Whitewood.

The operation of the TransGas transmission and storage system determines the availability of various export points. TransGas evaluates each type of service, and determines the duration and volume of export the system can provide throughout the year. 

Export Service Offering Process

Export service is offered throughout the gas year and follows a sequential order.

1. Annual Export

Long-term Firm Export is offered in July for export from November 1 to October 31 of the following year.

2. Short-term Firm Seasonal Export

Short-term Firm Seasonal Export is then offered:

  • In August, for export from November 1 to March 31.
  • In February, for export from April 1 to October 31.
3. Binding Open Season for Base Monthly Short-term Firm Export Offering (summer season only)

Following the close of the Summer Seasonal Export Open Season, independent base monthly amounts for April through October are offered through a separate Binding Open Season.

4. First Come, First Served for Base Monthly Short-term Firm Export Offering

Any unallocated amounts from the base monthly open season are available on a first come, first served basis for any time period 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 months (i.e. end of August to mid-September).

Contacting your Key Account Manager prior to entering the request for service (RFS) is recommended to confirm the amount of export capacity available during the requested time period. If interested in this service, customers must submit an RFS such that the submission is timestamped. This ensures we can fairly award the service on a first come, first served basis.

5. Binding Open Season for Near Month Short-term Firm Export Offering

Monthly amounts are then offered on a near month basis for all 12 months of the year. TransGas will move any unallocated near month amounts to be available on a first come, first served basis. These amounts are available for a maximum of up to the next five days, in alignment with the export nomination deadlines.

6. Daily Export Service Offering

Depending on availability, TransGas then offers Daily Interruptible (IT) Export service.

 

Short-term and Long-term Firm Export 

Firm export service offerings are available to all customers through a binding Open Season process. Once a binding Open Season closes, any remaining export transportation will not be available until:

  • it is offered through a later binding Open Season; or 
  • it is offered through daily interruptible service, unless otherwise stated within the binding Open Season. 

New short-term firm export is an E11.1 service. If a customer wishes to convert existing D11.0 or D21.0 delivery demand to export demand, it will become an E11.2 or E21.2 service, respectively, and occur through the binding Open Season. If the LDC wishes to convert existing L11.0 delivery demand to export demand, it will become an E11.3 service, and occur through the binding Open Season.

Daily Interruptible Export

Besides short- and long-term firm export service, TransGas may offer interruptible (IT) daily export service (E19.0). This offering may occur if system operation allows for more export above the firm export commitments.

Daily interruptible export is currently offered to customers through daily emails, whereby customers have an opportunity to respond to TransGas for the next day’s gas export activity.

These emails only go to customers who have requested to be on the distribution list. Once volumes are allocated, they are “take or pay”.

If customers no longer want the export allocated, they are still charged (take or pay) for transport unless:

  • the IT export was not fully subscribed; and/or
  • the allocations did not result in the customer receiving a pro-rated amount of the requested IT export.

Customers who would like to receive daily interruptible emails can contact TransGas Transport to get added to the export offering list. 

Term Lengths

Long-term Firm
Minimum term length is one year.

Short-term Firm
Any term less than one year.

Short-term Interruptible
Day-to-day, when available.

Renewal

Long-term Firm
This service has no renewal rights (NRR) unless otherwise stated on the binding Open Season.

Short-term Firm
This service has no renewal rights (NRR).

Interruptible
This service has no renewal rights (NRR). A customer that holds Long-term firm or Short-term firm service will also hold an associated Interruptible (IT) contract.

Rates

Long-term Firm (E11.0)
E11.0 for new long-term firm, minimum one year.

Short-term Firm (E11.1, E11.2, E11.3, E21.2)
E11.1 for new short-term firm. 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. If the LDC wishes to convert existing L11.0 delivery demand to export demand, it will be an E11.3 service.

Interruptible (E19.0)
E19.0 is the interruptible commodity charge for every GJ exported above firm demand flow each month.