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Interconnect Agreement

All requests for new well interconnections must be submitted to Atmos Energy. Requests must be made with a standard Application described below. All requests for new well interconnections, including common points, will be evaluated for impacts on gas quality, operational integrity, pigging requirements, capacity limitations, operating pressures, odorization, customer service, and other factors. If the requested interconnection can not be made at the requested location, but an alternate location could accommodate the request, the alternate location information will be provided to the party requesting the interconnection. All new receipt point interconnections will require the execution of a Interconnect Agreement.

In addition, a non-refundable payment of $1,000 for each wellhead/common point/receipt point interconnect analysis will be required. This payment will be assessed regardless of the source of the request (e.g., producer, marketer, gatherer, processor/treater, investor and/or consultant). The request must be made using a standard form. The form must be completed fully and submitted with a check (drawn on a US Bank) made out to Atmos Energy and mailed or delivered to the designated address.

Should the requested interconnect be made within six (6) months of the request, the $1,000 will be credited against any costs otherwise due for the construction of the interconnect. Atmos Energy reserves the right to adjust the payment at any time in the future.

For Atmos Pipeline - Texas interconnect information, click here.

Major Steps in Establishing a New Well Meter or Common Point Meter

  • Print and complete an "Atmos Energy Interconnect Information Request Form" and mail to Atmos Energy with the $1,000 application payment.

    The application form may be downloaded from this web site. As discussed above, the Application should be completed as fully as possible. Incomplete Applications will result in delays. To speed the process, a sample analysis, if available, may be submitted with the Application. The Application must be submitted with a check in the amount of $1,000 (drawn on a US Bank) made out to Atmos Energy and mailed or delivered to the designated address.

    Atmos Energy Interconnect Information Request Form (.doc)

  • Both parties coordinate procurement of a gas sample and/or sample analysis of the well(s).

    If a representative sample analysis of the gas is not submitted with the application, Atmos Energy's Field Operations personnel will contact the Customer representative to coordinate the taking of a well sample. Samples obtained by Atmos Energy will be analyzed in a laboratory designated by Atmos Energy. Tests for H2S and hydrocarbon dew point may also be performed at the well site during the sampling process. Atmos Energy reserves the right to obtain its own sample from the gas source.

  • Atmos Energy reviews the request and proposes the parameters for the establishment of the proposed interconnect measuring station.

    Atmos Energy Marketing representative will coordinate the collection of all required information (e.g. gas analysis, gas quality acceptability, capacity study, facility cost estimate). If the gas quality does not satisfy current quality specifications, the situation will be reviewed with the Customer and potential solutions discussed. If the gas quality satisfies current quality specifications, studies will be conducted to determine if sufficient capacity is available on Atmos Energy system and a designate from engineering will be assigned. Atmos Energy will propose an appropriately sized meter, measuring station equipment and lot size for the interconnect station. A Interconnect Agreement outlining responsibilities for both parties and the required cost reimbursement will be forwarded to the Customer for execution prior to initiating work on the interconnect station.

  • Discuss, with a Atmos Energy representative(s), the options for equipment purchase, construction and ownership of the proposed measuring station prior to Atmos Energy preparation of a Interconnect Agreement ("IA").

    Projects are handled by one of two primary methods for purchase, construction and ownership of measuring stations:

    (a.) a turnkey project by Atmos Energy for the tap, connecting pipeline (up to 100 feet) and measuring station and where Atmos Energy owns, operates and maintains all facilities installed by Atmos Energy. Such projects are fully reimbursable and include the sum of Atmos Energy labor costs, equipment costs and overheads incurred in providing such a measuring station connection, plus contribution-in-aid-of-construction ("CIAC") taxes.

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    (b.) a project for which the Customer is responsible for providing a site lot for the measuring station and also procures, constructs and installs most of the equipment for the measuring station, all to Atmos Energy's current interconnect specifications. It such cases the ownership of the measuring station usually remains with the Customer, while the downstream pipeline and tap and SCADA is owned by Atmos Energy. In this situation, the Customer would reimburse Atmos Energy for the tap, connecting pipeline, SCADA Equipment (and CIAC taxes), inspection by Atmos Energy of work performed by the Customer or Customer's contractor at the Measuring Station, and costs associated with the commissioning of the measuring station.

    Variations of these two methods may be discussed. In all cases, Atmos Energy will operate the measuring station, connecting pipeline (downstream of the measuring station) and the tap. The Customer will own, operate and maintain the pipeline upstream of the measuring station.

  • Customer reviews and executes the IA and remits reimbursement funds to Atmos Energy prior to initiation of any work.

    The Customer usually will be sent a draft of the IA by e-mail to expedite the review process. It is important that the IA is reviewed carefully to ensure that both parties are in agreement with regard to design, procurement, construction, costs, ownership, operational and maintenance responsibilities.

    Upon Atmos' receipt of an executed Interconnect Agreement from the customer, with a check for the reimbursable portion of the work, Atmos Energy contacts the appropriate Engineering, Right of Way, Field Operations and Construction Departments.

  • The parties coordinate construction activities between the engineering and operations groups of both companies.

    Both the Customer and Atmos Energy will coordinate the receipt of all necessary right of way permits and selection of a mutually agreeable meter and tap locations on Atmos Energy existing pipeline. Materials are then provided from stock, or ordered, and the tap and/or meter installed in accordance with specifications.

  • Atmos Energy commissions the measuring station.

    After completion of construction, Atmos Energy will commission the measuring station. This involves programming the flow measurement devices and calibrating equipment to accurately measure gas. After measuring station commissioning, gas will be scheduled to flow upon receipt of the Customer's nomination and subsequent confirmation for transportation service.

Interconnect Agreement Documents

Interconnect Agreement (.doc)
Atmos Energy Interconnect Information Request Form (.doc)
Atmos Energy Interconnect Process Chart (.xls)
Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (.pdf)
Standard P & ID Legend (.pdf)
Typical 2" Measuring Station (.pdf)
Typical Plan, Sections and Isometric Layout (.pdf)
Typical 2" Regulator and Meter Spools (.pdf)