Types of Balancing Transaction Services

1. In-Franchise Transfer (IFT)

Description: An In-Franchise Transfer (IFT) is a transaction that moves gas from one in-franchise contract that is "long" (over delivered) to an in-franchise contract that is "short" (over consumed). IFT’s are allowed between customers in any delivery area and are paid for by the "from" party.

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Availability: Southern BT, Northern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: n/a
Gas Direction: From Party - Gas Out, To Party - Gas In
Interruptible: No
Fees: Balancing Transaction Fee Schedule

2. Ex-Franchise Transfer (EFT)

Description: An Ex-Franchise Transfer (EFT) is a transaction that allows a customer to move a quantity of gas from a Bundled-T contract’s BGA or a T1/T2/T3 contract's storage to a third party who will not consume the gas within Union's franchise area. An EFT can also be used to facilitate an inter-franchise transfer of gas to a customer's BGA in Enbridge's franchise area.

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Availability: Southern BT, Northern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Dawn
Gas Direction: From Party - Gas Out, To Party - Gas In
Interruptible: Yes.  Refer to Section 1.07 of the General Terms and Conditions for scheduling of interruptible services.
Fees: Balancing Transaction Fee Schedule

* Customers also pay for storage withdrawal where applicable.

3. Underground In-Franchise Transfer (UIFT)

Description: An Underground In-Franchise Transfer (UIFT) is a transaction that transfers gas underground at Dawn storage between eligible Rate T1/T2/T3 in-franchise contracts.  The transfer can occur between contracts with different parties or between contracts for the same party.

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Availability: Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Dawn
Gas Direction: From Party - Gas Out, To Party - Gas In
Interruptible: No
Fees: "From" party pays $0.003/GJ.  Rate T1/T2/T3 customers do not pay for storage injection/withdrawal for eligible UIFT transactions.
Additional Requirements:

  • The transfer is limited to storage accounts with equal percentage deliverability or from a higher percentage deliverability account to a lower percentage deliverability account.
  • The transfer amount is limited by the lower quantity firm entitlement of the two parties or contracts.
  • The amount transferred is limited to and counts toward the daily firm (cost-based and market-based) storage injection or withdrawal entitlements for both parties.

4. DCQ Assignment

Description: A DCQ Assignment is a transaction where the obligation (i.e. Daily Contract Quantity at a receipt point) and/or the upstream capacity of a Southern Direct Purchase contract is transferred to another in-franchise contract for a specified time frame. Customers cannot assign more than their DCQ at the receipt point.

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Availability: Southern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Any Contracted Receipt Point
Gas Direction: From Party - Gas Out, To Party - Gas In
Interruptible: No
Fees: "From" party pays $0.003/GJ

5. Suspension

Description: A Suspension is a transaction that allows a Southern Direct Purchase customer, with contracted DCQ at Ontario receipt points, to deliver less than the contracted DCQ. A Western DCQ cannot be suspended. Nominations need to reflect that suspended gas does not arrive on Union’s system.  Authorization is not required for unbundled contracts but unbundled Parkway DCQ is subject to a Parkway call-back.

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Availability: Southern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Ontario Receipt Points
Gas Direction: Gas Out
Interruptible: Yes. Refer to Section 1.07 of the General Terms and Conditions for scheduling of interruptible services.
Fees: There is no charge for a suspension.

6. Diversion

Description: A Diversion is a transaction that allows a Southern Direct Purchase customer to reduce their contracted DCQ. Although the customer will still deliver the gas to Union Gas' system, instead of adding this gas to their BGA or Storage account, it is provided to a third party at the point of receipt.

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Availability: Southern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Any Contracted Receipt Point
Gas Direction: From Party - Gas Out
Interruptible: Yes. Refer to Section 1.07 of the General Terms and Conditions for scheduling of interruptible services.
Fees: From party pays $0.003/GJ
Additional Requirements:

  • The third party cannot consume the gas within Union's franchise area.
  • Authorization is not required for Unbundled contracts, however Unbundled Parkway DCQ is subject to a Parkway call-back.
  • Diverted quantities cannot be greater than the DCQ on a daily basis.
  • Diversions require a nomination change.

7. Incremental Supply

Description: Incremental Supply is a transaction that allows a Direct Purchase customer (Bundled and Unbundled) to bring in incremental deliveries at one of Union's points of receipt. Incremental supply is interruptible and non-obligated.  Incremental supply can also be used to facilitate an inter-franchise transfer of gas from a customer's BGA in Enbridge's franchise area.  The location for inter-franchise transfers is Dawn.

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Availability: Southern BT, Northern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3, and Unbundled customers (U2)
Location: Dawn or Parkway
Gas Direction: Gas In
Interruptible: Yes. Refer to Section 1.07 of the General Terms and Conditions for scheduling of interruptible services.
Fees: There is no charge for incremental supply.  Rate T1/T2/T3 and Northern T-service customers pay for storage injection where applicable.

8. Loan

Description: A loan is a transaction that allows a Direct Purchase customer to obtain gas from Union for a period of time.  The service is subject to availability, with the price and term negotiated.

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Availability: Southern BT, Northern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Negotiated
Gas Direction: Gas In
Interruptible: No
Fees: Negotiated

9. Short Term Storage

Description: Short Term Storage is a transaction that allows a Direct Purchase customer to obtain storage from Union Gas. The service is subject to availability, with the price and term negotiated.

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Availability: Southern BT, Northern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Negotiated
Gas Direction: n/a
Interruptible: No
Fees: Negotiated

10. Discretionary Gas Supply Service (DGSS)

Description: DGSS is a supplementary supply service that allows Southern Direct Purchase customers to buy a specific quantity of gas from Union that is above and beyond their obligated supply arrangements.  The service is to be used to supplement a customer's gas portfolio.

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Availability: Southern BT, Rate T1/T2/T3 customers
Location: Negotiated
Gas Direction: Gas In
Interruptible: No
Fees: Gas supply administration charge of $0.049/GJ plus supply cost.

For more information contact your Union Gas Account Manager or Union Gas Customer Service Representative.