SEMCO ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
FE DOCKET NO. 98-07-NG
I. DESCRIPTION OF REQUEST
On January 26, 1998, SEMCO Energy Services, Inc. (SEMCO), filed an application with the Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy (DOE), under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA)(1), and DOE Delegation Order Nos. 0204-111 and 0204-127, requesting blanket authorization to import up to 800 Bcf of natural gas from Canada for two years beginning on February 1, 1998.(2) SEMCO, a Michigan corporation with its principal place of business in Port Huron, Michigan, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEMCO Energy, Inc. The requested authorization does not involve the construction of new pipeline facilities.
The application filed by SEMCO has been evaluated to determine if the proposed import arrangement meets the public interest requirement of section 3 of the NGA, as amended by section 201 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-486). Under section 3(c), the importation of natural gas from a nation with which there is in effect a free trade agreement requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas is deemed to be consistent with the public interest and must be granted without modification or delay. The authorization sought by SEMCO to import natural gas from Canada, a nation with which a free trade agreement is in effect, meets the section 3(c) criterion and, therefore, is consistent with the public interest. This blanket order authorizes transactions under contracts with terms of no longer than two years.
Pursuant to section 3 of the Natural Gas Act, it is ordered that:
A. SEMCO Energy Services, Inc. (SEMCO) is authorized to import from Canada up to 800 Bcf of natural gas over a two-year term beginning on February 1, 1998, and expiring on January 31, 2000. The gas may be imported at any U.S./Canada border point.
B. With respect to the natural gas imports authorized by this Order, SEMCO shall file with the Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities, Fossil Energy, within 30 days following each calendar quarter, quarterly reports indicating whether imports of natural gas have been made. Quarterly reports must be filed whether or not initial deliveries have begun. If no imports have been made, a report of "no activity" for that calendar quarter must be filed. If imports occur, SEMCO must report total monthly volumes in Mcf and the average purchase price per MMBtu at the international border. The reports shall also provide the details of each import transaction, including: (1) the name of the seller(s); (2) the name of the purchaser(s); (3) the estimated or actual duration of the agreement(s); (4) the name of the U.S. transporter(s); (5) the point(s) of entry; (6) the geographic market(s) served (by state); (7) whether sales are being made on an interruptible or firm basis; and, if applicable, (8) the per unit (MMBtu) demand/commodity/reservation charge breakdown of the contract price.
C. Quarterly reports shall be filed with the Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities, Fossil Energy, Room 3E-033, FE-34, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20585.
D. The first quarterly report required by Ordering Paragraph B of this Order is due not later than April 30, 1998, and should cover the period from February 1, 1998, until the end of the first calendar quarter, March 31, 1998.
Issued in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 1998.
John W. Glynn
Manager, Natural Gas Regulation
Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum
Import and Export Activities
Office of Fossil Energy
1. 1. 15 U.S.C. § 717b.
2. 2. January 31, 1998, is the expiration date of SEMCO's existing blanket import authorization granted by DOE/FE Order No. 643 dated June 30, 1992 (1 FE ¶ 70,606).