OEB Grants Leave to Construct



    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) issued
a Decision and Order granting Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Enbridge) leave
to construct natural gas pipelines to supply natural gas to the Portlands
Energy Centre generating station (Portlands) in Toronto subject to conditions
attached to its decision.
    The project involves the construction of two sections of pipeline. The
north section consists of approximately 6.5 kilometres of pipeline parallel to
a portion of Enbridge's existing Don Valley Line. The south section consists
of approximately 2.9 kilometres of pipeline that would interconnect the Don
Valley Line at Enbridge's station B regulator station and end at Portlands.
    The construction of the proposed pipelines will allow Enbridge to meet
the natural gas requirements of Portlands. The construction of the pipelines
is planned to start in July 2007 to meet the planned in service date of
February 2008.
    The Board concluded the proposed pipelines are in the public interest. In
making its Decision, the Board noted the evidence clearly supports the need
for both the north and south pipeline projects because existing pipelines do
not have the capacity to support Portlands' requirements. The Board also
stated the need for new generation to meet the growing electricity
requirements of Toronto is serious and well recognized.

    The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy
sector with informed consumers served by responsive regulatory processes that
are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our Web site at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.





For further information:

For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-8149


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