Hearing scheduled to consider application for licences to import LNG and export natural gas

    CALGARY, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a
public hearing to consider an application submitted by Repsol Energy Canada
Ltd. (Repsol) for a 25-year licence to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) and
a separate 25-year licence to export natural gas.
    In its application, Repsol has stated that the LNG would supply the
Canaport(TM) LNG Terminal, which is currently under construction at Mispec
Point, near Saint John, New Brunswick. Once regasified, the natural gas would
serve the domestic Canadian market and, pending approval, would also be
available for export using the Emera Brunswick Pipeline to markets in the
United States.
    The NEB has identified a number of issues to be discussed during the
proceeding. These include applying the equitable distribution requirement for
considering a long-term LNG import licence, applying the market-based
procedure for assessing a long-term licence to export natural gas, and the
ability of Canadian buyers to access the natural gas covered under the
proposed licences.
    To assist people who may wish to better understand the process involved
in considering this type of application, NEB staff will be holding an
Information Workshop on Thursday, 21 February 2008 at 7 p.m., in the Loyalist
Room, Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. The Workshop will focus on
specific aspects of import and export licence hearings, including the
different options for public participation.
    The hearing to consider this application will start at 9:30 a.m., on
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 at a location yet to be determined.

    People interested in the public hearing can participate in one of three

    (i)    by seeking intervenor status;
    (ii)   filing a letter of comment;
    (iii)  by making an oral statement to the Board.

    Any person wishing to intervene in the hearing must file an application
by noon (MDT), on Tuesday, 26 February 2008, with the Secretary of the Board
at the following address:

    Ms. Claudine Dutil-Berry
    Secretary of the Board
    National Energy Board
    444 Seventh Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, AB T2P 0X8
    Facsimile: 403-292-5503

    Any person wishing to submit a letter of comment or request permission to
make an oral statement must do so by noon (MDT), Tuesday, 15 April 2008.
    On-line forms for all three ways to participate are also available on the
NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca. In the right margin, select "View or
Submit a Regulatory Document", scroll down and click on "Submit documents
electronically" and then select the form that suits your purpose.

    The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates several 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 Hearing Order GH-1-2008 are available on the
Board's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!

For further information:

For further information: Carole Léger-Kubeczek,
(clegerkubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca), Communications Officer, Telephone: (403)
299-2717, Cell phone: (403) 850-8867; For a copy of the Hearing Order:
National Energy Board, Library, Telephone: (403) 299-3561, Email:

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