CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Dec. 1, 2014) – The National Energy Board (NEB) announced Friday it has approved TransCanada’s application for approval of 2015 to 2030 Tolls.
The components of the application reflected a settlement between TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) and local natural gas distribution companies (LDCs) in Ontario and Québec. Approval of the application enables the addition of natural gas pipeline capacity to meet current and future affordable energy needs of Eastern gas consumers. The settlement also ensures just and reasonable rates for all Mainline shippers, and provides a reasonable opportunity for the Mainline to recover its system-wide costs.
The agreement between TransCanada, Union Gas Limited, Gaz Metro Limited Partnership and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. was previously announced in September 2013. It gives all shippers the flexibility to source gas from various geographic locations including the Marcellus shale plays in the U.S., while ensuring that tolls are stable and set at levels that allow TransCanada to recover its system-wide costs.
“We are pleased the NEB has approved our application for tariff changes, new services, and tolls changes that reflects the terms of the settlement. We view the settlement as a significant benefit for our mainline customers and end-use consumers,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “There is no more important job for us than ensuring there is sufficient capacity to meet the affordable energy needs of North Americans. This agreement shows how TransCanada has worked with gas distributors to find innovative ways to ensure that is done in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.”
Highlights of the approved application include:
- TransCanada’s commitment to add increased pipeline capacity that allows Eastern markets more access to Dawn and Niagara area supplies.
- Renewal provisions that will give TransCanada the tools to gain more certainty over capacity requirements.
- Continued pricing discretion.
- Revenue requirement and return.
- Segmented tolling structure.
“Once again I would like to thank all the parties involved for coming to this unique resolution that demonstrates our common interest to find practical solutions to overcome challenges for the benefit of end-use consumers,” said Girling.
In November, the company announced that it is moving forward with its Vaughan pipeline project, in addition to its proposed Kings North Connection, Parkway West Connection and Hamilton Area Projects, as part of $475 million in pipeline and facility expansions within the Eastern Triangle, the latest steps in collaboration with Enbridge Gas Distribution, Gaz Metro and Union Gas.
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