NEB issues recommendation regarding the Northwest Mainline Komie North Extension Project

NEB issues recommendation regarding the Northwest Mainline Komie North 
Extension Project 
CALGARY, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the National Energy Board (NEB) 
recommended partial approval to the Governor in Council (GiC) for the 
Northwest Mainline Komie North Extension Project submitted by NOVA Gas 
Transmission Ltd (NGTL). 
In its application, NGTL proposed to build a $333.2 million project consisting 
of two separate pipeline segments. The NEB recommended approval for the 
Chinchaga section of the Project, which is a 33-kilometre pipeline loop 
running between the Chinchaga meter station and the Meikle River compressor 
station located about 76 kilometres northwest of Manning, Alberta. 
The NEB did not recommend approval for the Komie North section. This section 
of the project is an extension to the Horn River Mainline and includes 
approximately 97 kilometres of pipe, which is proposed to be located 110 
kilometres north of Fort Nelson, British Columbia. 
The List of Issues for the hearing included the appropriateness of NGTL's 
proposed toll treatment for the application. The Board concluded that the 
proposed toll treatment for the Project application is appropriate for the 
Chinchaga section, but inappropriate for the Komie North section. NGTL's 
evidence did not provide any alternate toll treatment for the Board to 
consider. Given the Board's conclusion with respect to the toll treatment for 
the Komie North section, the Board was not persuaded that the Komie North 
section was economically feasible. The Board also concluded that approval of 
the Komie North section, as proposed, would have negative commercial impacts 
on other parties. 
With regards to the design of the Komie North section, the Board found that 
NGTL did not establish the need for a pipeline of the proposed size to go to 
Fortune Creek at this time. The Board concluded that the Komie North Section 
is premature. 
On July 6, 2012, portions of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act 
came into force, including legislative changes to the NEB Act. This is the 
first application following the legislative changes where the NEB will be 
submitting a report with its recommendation to the GiC. 
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts 
of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the 
environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy 
development and trade in the Canadian public interest. 
This news release is available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca 
under What's New! 
Ruth Anne Beck Communications Officer E-mail:ruthanne.beck@neb-one.gc.ca 
Telephone: 403-299-3633 Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265 Facsimile: 
403-292-5503 Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803 TTY (teletype): 
1-800-632-1663 
SOURCE: National Energy Board 
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CO: Government of Canada
ST: British Columbia
NI: OIL LAW VERDICTS LAWVIEWS  
-0- Jan/30/2013 21:35 GMT
 
 
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