NEB approves Keystone Cushing expansion project



    CALGARY, July 17 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) today approved
the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. (Keystone) Cushing application to
expand the Canadian portion of the Keystone pipeline, approved by the NEB on
20 September 2007.
    The expanded facilities will allow Keystone to increase its
transportation capacity by 24,800 m(3)/d (cubic metres per day), equivalent to
156,000 barrels per day (bpd). The overall transportation capacity will
increase from the previously projected 69,200 m(3)/d (435,000 bpd), to
94,000 m(3)/d (591,000 bpd).
    The Canadian portion of the Keystone pipeline will extend from Hardisty,
Alberta to a point near Haskett, Manitoba. The expansion, consisting of seven
new pump stations, increased motor sizes at seven pump stations, and the
addition of pumping units at 13 previously approved pump stations, has an
estimated value of $348 million.
    In making its decision, the NEB heard from intervenors on several issues.
The Métis Nation - Saskatchewan stated that Keystone failed to identify it as
an interested stakeholder and to provide information at the start of project
consultation. The Alberta Association of Pipeline Landowners and the Hadwin
Cattle Co. Ltd. expressed concerns related to land use, including noise
impacts. The Alberta Federation of Labour stated that the project could have
negative consequences for domestic industries and employment.
    The NEB was generally satisfied with Keystone's consultation efforts with
stakeholders. In order to monitor ongoing consultation efforts, the NEB
directed Keystone to provide further updates on its consultation with all
potentially affected persons and groups, including the Métis Nation -
Saskatchewan.
    The NEB also directed Keystone to provide information from the detailed
comprehensive noise assessment to the Alberta Association of Pipeline
Landowners and the Hadwin Cattle Co. Ltd.
    On balance, the NEB determined that the Cushing Expansion will likely
provide a positive economic benefit for Canadians. The NEB also determined
that Keystone's proposal is consistent with tolling and tariff requirements of
Part IV of the NEB Act.

    The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates parts of Canada's
energy industry. Its purpose is to promote safety and security, environmental
protection, and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian
public interest, within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of
pipelines, energy development and trade.

    This news release and the Reasons for Decision are available on the
Board's website at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!





For further information:

For further information: Andrew Cameron, Communications Officer, Email:
andrew.cameron@neb-one.gc.ca, Telephone: (403) 299-3930; For a copy of Reasons
for Decision: National Energy Board, Publications, Ground Floor, 444 Seventh
Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8, Telephone: (403) 299-3561, Telephone
(toll free): 1-800-899-1265, Telecopier: (403) 292-5576, Telecopier (toll
free): 1-877-288-8803, E-mail: library@neb-one.gc.ca


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