NEB issues recommendation regarding the Northwest Mainline Komie North
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
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.
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