National Energy Board approves Enbridge Westspur ACCE Capacity Expansion Application

    CALGARY, June 28 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) today
conditionally approved an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience
and Necessity from Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc. (Enbridge Westspur) to
construct and operate the Alida to Cromer Capacity Expansion (ACCE) Project.
The NEB rejected Enbridge Westspur's request, pursuant to Section 58, to be
exempted from obligations under Sections 31(d) and 33 of the NEB Act, which
require the production and filing of a plan, profile and book of reference for
the ACCE project. The NEB will recommend to the Governor in Council that a
certificate be issued subject to specified certificate conditions.
    The ACCE Project consists of the construction of a 60 kilometre, 168.3
millimetres (mm) outside diametre (OD) pipeline to transport natural gas
liquids (NGL) from Alida, Saskatchewan to Cromer, Manitoba.
    After the new pipeline is commissioned, an existing 323.9 mm OD Enbridge
Westspur pipeline from Alida to Cromer will be converted, subject to
certificate conditions, to transport crude oil rather than the NGL it
currently transports. The NEB also approved Enbridge Westspur's application
for an increase in maximum operating pressure on the existing 323.9 mm OD
pipeline, to facilitate the change in service from NGL to crude.
    The application was determined to be in the public interest, recognizing
that the ACCE Project facilities are, and will be, required by the present and
future public convenience and necessity.
    The NEB considered the application at an oral public hearing held from
11 April 2007 to 13 April 2007 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

    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 the Reasons for Decision are available on the
Board's Internet site at under What's New!

For further information:

For further information: Stacey Squires, Communications Officer, Email:, Telephone: (403) 299-3122; For a copy of Reasons for
Decision: National Energy Board, Publications, Ground Floor, 444 Seventh
Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8, Telephone: (403) 299-3562, Telephone
(toll free): 1-800-899-1265, E-mail:

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