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Shopper Report Headings


The following is a listing of the headings you may see in your Capacity Shopper report and a brief description of what each heading means. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Call 978-717-6180 or Email: operations@capacitycenter.com


Field Name Description
Row A row number which may begin at one and may or may not be sequential. For instance, if only open biddable deals are requested, the system will remove all biddable deals with pre-arranged bidders, thus causing missing row numbers.
Offer Number The Number that the pipeline has assigned to this deal.
Pipeline Pipeline name.
Zone The zone of the pipeline in which the point occurs.
State The state the point is in.
County The county the point is in.
Pt Name The name of the point.
Pt/Seg Code The code used by the pipeline for this point.
Pt Qty Limit The maximum quantity associated with this point.
Pt Min Qty The minimum quantity associated with this point.
Pt Capacity Type The point may be a receipt, a delivery or other point.
Pt/Seg OBA in Effect Indicates whether or not there is an OBA in effect at the point.
Releaser Name The Seller; the name of the company releasing the capacity.  May sometimes be "undisclosed".
Pre-Arranged Deal Bidder Usually this is blank, but occasionally the name of the Pre-arranged bidder will be present.
Pre-Arranged Deal This is "Yes", when there is a company that has a match right associated with this offer. "No" indicates a truly open deal.
Biddable Deal If "Yes", then bids will be accepted on the deal. When this field is "Yes" and the Pre-Arranged Deal field is "No", then this deal is a truly open deal.
Capacity Type Capacity types may be "point to point", or a "segment" of capacity.
Release Quantity This indicates the total amount of capacity in the release and may be different from the point capacity.
Min Bid Quantity In some cases, releasers will sell a portion of the offered capacity but not less than this identified amount.
Qty Units Dth or MCF.
Type Of Bids Accepted Reservation charge bids only, usage charge bids, percentage of max rate bids, etc.
Max Reserve Charge The max pipeline rate for this capacity.
Min Acceptable Reserve Charge Bid The releaser has stated and decided to show a minimum price. Knowing this (even if you are not interested in bidding) may tell you something about the capacity market in the area covered by this offer.
Min Acceptable % Reserve Charge Bid When the percentage of max rate bidding method is required,then this is the minimum percentage that is acceptable. Knowing this (even if you are not interested in bidding) may tell you something about the capacity market in the area covered by this offer.
Max Usage Charge When the type of bid is usage charge only, this is the maximum pipeline charge permitted on a usage basis.
Min Acceptable Usage Charge Bid The minimum usage charge set by the releaser. Knowing this (even if you are not interested in bidding) may tell you something about the capacity market in the area covered by this offer.
Min Acceptable % Usage Charge Bid When the percentage of max rate bidding method is required, then this is the minimum percentage of the max usage rate that is acceptable. Knowing this (even if you are not interested in bidding) may tell you something about the capacity market in the area covered by this offer.
Min Bid Load Factor % When the releaser is accepting Usage Charge only bids, they often express a minimum load factor that they will bill the buyer times the rate times the daily quantity. This acts as a minimum bill to the buyer. This load factor is often expressed here and sometimes is expressed in in the comments field.
Rate Schedule The rate schedule covering this capacity (FT, FSS etc.).
Rate Units Rate may be expressed in $/Dth per month, or $/Dth per day and so forth.
Surcharge Indicator When this is "No", then there are no surcharges other than those that may be expressed in comments.  When this is "Yes", then bidders should know that there may be surcharges hidden in the tariff or that taking the capacity to secondary points could cause the pipeline to charge you full rate.
Time Zone Almost always Central time.
Offer Post DTM The date and time that the offer was posted.
Release Start DTM The start date of the offered capacity (the earliest that this capacity could be used).
Release End DTM The end date of the capacity (the latest date that the capacity could be used).
Bidding Starts The earliest time that a bid can be put in for this capacity.
Bidding Ends The deadline for bidding on this capacity.
Contingency End DTM If a bidder can put in a contingency on their bid, then this is the time that the contingency has to be removed to make the bid valid.
Pre-Arranged Deal Match DTM This is the time by which the pre-arranged bidder must make a matching bid or lose the capacity to a higher bidder.
Award Announced DTM Date and time when the award will be announced by the pipeline.
Current as of Date and time when this record was prepared and sent.
Bidder is Pipeline Affiliate If the pre-arranged bidder is a pipeline affiliate this will be "Yes".
Recallable If the capacity is recallable this will be "Yes", if it is not this will be "No".
Reputtable If the capacity can be re-put to the buyer after being recalled by the seller, this will be "Yes" and will state at whose option this can be done, (releaser's or acquirer's) or whether it is an automatic reput to the acquirer after being recalled.
Recall Terms Terms upon which the capacity can be recalled by the releaser.
Re-Releasable Indicates whether or not this capacity can be re-released by the buyer to someone else, "Yes" or "No."
Contingent Bid OK? Indicates whether or not the releaser allows bidders to make bids contingent upon some external factor. "Yes" or "No." No may be indicated by not being present in the record at all.
Whose Bid Evaluation Method? Indicates whose method of bid evaluation will be used. It is usually the pipeline's method.
Whose Tie-Breaking Method? Indicates the method chosen to break a tie.  This is usually set forth in the pipeline's tariff.
Comments? This is where other terms or conditions on the release are stated.
Lesser Quantity Bids Accepted? "Yes" if bidder can bid for less than the full qty in the release. If "No," the Bidder must bid for the full amount of capacity.
Less Than Max Rate Bids Accepted? If "Yes," the bidder can bid any amount that is less than max rate. If "No", the Bidder must bid for the full capacity at full rate.
Less Than Full Term Bids Accepted? If "Yes," then the bidder can bid for less than the full amount of time for which the release is offered. If "No," the Bidder must bid for the capacity for the full amount of time.
Minimum Term If a Less-Than-Full-Term bid is acceptable, this may tell the releaser what the minimum term of a bid can be.
Is This a Stand-alone Release? If this release can only be bid upon in conjunction with another release (or set of releases(s), then this will be "No." If "No," the comments field usually points to the other bids that must be bid upon. Bids are usually standalone releases and a "Yes" indicates that there are no other bids to be bid upon to get this capacity.
Release of Released Capacity "Yes" means that the Releaser got this capacity from another Releaser and is re-releasing it. "No" means that the Releaser got this capacity from the pipeline.
Permanent Release of Capacity This is usually "No" indicating that this is a temporary release and the capacity will return to the releaser at the end of the release. "Yes" means that this capacity is being offered to a buyer for the remainder of the term of the contract with the pipeline.