National Energy Board receives application for Groundbirch Pipeline Project

    CALGARY, May 13 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) received an
application on 30 April 2009 from NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) for a
certificate to construct and operate the Groundbirch Pipeline, which would
connect the TransCanada Alberta System to a source of sweet natural gas supply
from northeast British Columbia.
    If approved, the Groundbirch Pipeline would consist of approximately 77
km of 914-mm outside diameter (or 36 in.) pipe and related facilities. The
pipeline is proposed to extend from a new interconnection on the Gordondale
Lateral to a new meter station in the Groundbirch area in northeast B.C.
(approximately 37 km west-northwest of Dawson Creek). The pipeline would have
the capability of transporting approximately 46.9 106m(3) (1.66 billion cubic
feet) of natural gas per day.
    In total, about 7.5 km of the proposed extension would be built alongside
existing pipeline, railway, and public highway rights-of-way (ROW). The
remainder, or about 69.5 km, is projected to be installed along new ROW.
    The proposed Groundbirch Pipeline would be an extension of the
TransCanada Alberta System, which is already regulated by the NEB. The System
comprises approximately 23 700 km of pipeline and associated compression and
other facilities located in Alberta.
    The NEB will announce procedures for dealing with this application at a
later date.

    Celebrating 50 years of regulatory leadership, 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 Application (Filing A21633) are available on
the NEB's Internet site at under What's New!

For further information:

For further information: Carole Léger-Kubeczek,
(, Communications Officer, Telephone:
(403) 299-2717

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