NEB releases decision on TransCanada tariff amendments

CALGARY, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) 
today announced its decision on TransCanada PipeLines Limited's 
(TransCanada's) application for approval of tariff amendments, with reasons to 
On 17 June 2013, TransCanada filed an application seeking Board approval to 
amend its Canadian Mainline Gas Transportation Tariff as follows: 

    --  to modify provisions applicable to Diversions and Alternate
        Receipt Points (ARPs);
    --  to eliminate the overrun feature of Storage Transportation
        Service (STS);
    --  to eliminate provisions that establish requirements for the
        timing and duration of open seasons for Short-Term Firm
        Transportation (STFT) service and Short-Term Short Notice
        (ST-SN) service; and
    --  to modify renewal provisions for Firm Mainline Services.

The Board has denied some elements of the application and amended others. 
Please refer to the Letter Decision for the complete details of the decision. 
Reasons for the Decision will be published at a later date.

Diversions and ARPs
The Board has decided to deny the proposed amendments to the Tariff in respect 
of alternate receipt points and diversions.

STS Overrun
The Board has decided to deny the proposed amendments to eliminate the overrun 
feature of STS service.

STFT and ST-SN Open Season Requirements
The Board has decided to maintain the current timing of the open seasons for 
STFT and ST-SN. However, the Board has decided to amend the Tariff provisions 
so that the minimum duration TransCanada is required to hold these open 
seasons is reduced to 48 hours.

Renewal Provisions
The Board has decided to amend renewal provisions for Firm Mainline Services 
to require contract holders to provide TransCanada with two years' notice of 
their intention to renew (instead of the six month renewal notice provision in 
existence prior to this decision), and to require a renewal term to be one or 
more full years.

Renewal Notice Transition Mechanism
The Amended Renewal Provisions are in effect immediately with one exception. 
The Board has established a Renewal Notice transition mechanism to provide 
Firm Mainline Service contract holders with at least 90 days' notice to decide 
whether to renew their Existing Contracts and maintain the option of retaining 
their renewal rights. The transition mechanism is in effect immediately until 

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 and the Letter Decision are available on the NEB's Internet 
site at under What's New!

For a copy of theLetter Decision:

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