3. Summary of significant accounting policies (continued)
b. Change in accounting policy (continued)
i. Commodity Sales and Delivery Service (continued)
similar characteristic within all contracts, only the points of destination and volume of consumption differ among customer classes.
Customers may choose to purchase commodity gas from a Gas Retailer, where the Company provides delivery service to the customer without supply of natural gas to the customer. In this case, SaskEnergy earns only delivery revenue from the gas retailer customer. SaskEnergy acts as an agent in regards to the Gas Retailer commodity charges, therefore no commodity revenue is recorded by SaskEnergy. A receivable is recognized when natural gas is delivered at their meter point, as this is the point in time that commodity sales and delivery service payments are due. The transaction price will be allocated to the commodity sales and delivery service based on the applicable rates derived through the review process with the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel and approved by Provincial Cabinet.
ii. Transportation and Storage Services
In all transportation services, the performance obligation to the customer is the transport of natural gas, with only the points of origin and the destinations differing. As such, all transportation contracts ( Intra-Provincial Delivery, Utility, Export and Receipt) are assessed on a portfolio basis, and are combined and referred to as “transportation services”. Commencing with the first month and continuing for the term of the service contract, customers shall pay all applicable Service charges set forth in the Tariff Rates and Charges Schedules as approved by the Corporation or set by any regulatory body having jurisdiction as provided for in the Tariff. Revenue is recognized when the Corporation transports the gas from a location in Alberta or Saskatchewan to another location in Saskatchewan, the United States or Manitoba.
Firm and Interruptible transportation services have been deemed two separate contracts under the tariff and as such are assessed separately.
Firm transportation service contracts Transportation service is offered on a guaranteed basis, where the Corporation warrants service will be available every day of the contract unless prevented by Force Majeure. Customers will generally pay a demand fee and a commodity charge for firm service, which has a higher priority than other transportation services. Firm service contracts may have a term as short as one month, but generally are contracted on a longer term basis, they do not have a significant financing component and there is no non-cash consideration. Over the term of the contract, customers receive access to transportation services on a daily basis and the customer benefits as the service is provided. Transaction prices published in the Corporation’s tariffs are allocated to the performance obligation based on the volumes contracted with the customer. The performance obligation is satisfied at the point in time that the transportation services are complete and billed monthly based on the right to invoice practical expedient with collection generally occurring in the following month. Interruptible transportation service contracts Transportation service that is not guaranteed. The Corporation can generally interrupt service performance with short or no notice. The Corporation may curtail an interruptible customer’s service if the service is required to serve a higher priority customer. Curtailment of interruptible service may occur to protect the operational integrity of the natural gas system and ensure delivery to their firm transportation contract holders. Curtailment generally will restrict service to customers that have interruptible transportation contracts. Interruptible customers will be curtailed in order of priority to ensure firm deliveries are met first. Interruptible service usually costs less than firm service as interruptible service is less reliable. The entire interruptible service contract is variable based on customer flow of an unknown quantity of natural gas contracted at a predetermined rate. Transaction prices published in the Corporation’s tariffs are allocated to the performance obligation based on the measured volumes transported with the customer. Interruptible services may have a term as short as one month. Interruptible transportation services are recognized as revenue at the point in time that the Corporation completes the transportation services to the customer. These services are
2018-19 SECOND QUARTER REPORT
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