NEB approves revised capacity allocation procedures on the Trans Mountain Pipeline System

    CALGARY, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board gave its approval
today to Trans Mountain Pipeline Inc. (TMI) to modify the capacity allocation
procedures on its oil pipeline system as a result of the TMX Anchor Loop
Expansion Project.
    The approved revisions to the rules and regulations governing the
transportation of petroleum on the TMI system include the following:

    -  The allocation of 2,200 m(3)/d (13,820 bpd) of additional capacity for
       deliveries to the Westridge Dock in Burnaby, British Columbia;

    -  The addition of a provision authorizing TMI to limit, based on
       operational needs, the number of crude oil types that may be accepted
       for delivery to the Westridge Dock;

    -  The addition of a method to calculate the allocation of pipeline
       capacity for crude oil shipments injected into the pipeline at
       Kamloops, British Columbia; and

    -  The merging of the two existing land-based destination categories used
       for allocating capacity for petroleum delivered to destinations other
       than Westridge Dock into a single Land Destinations category.

    Pipeline capacity allocated for petroleum deliveries to Land Destinations
will be assigned to shippers on a pro rata basis when volumes to be
transported exceed the space available. The creation of a single Lands
Destination category with pro rata allotment supports the goal of a more
freely-operating and competitive market.
    The request for clarity about the classification of new Burnaby tanks was
dismissed for the time being. Requests to establish a stakeholder consultation
group and create a review process to look into the means to determine how
volumes of product will be shipped were also dismissed.

    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 letter decision are available on the Board's
Internet site at under What's New!

For further information:

For further information: Carole Léger-Kubeczek, Communications Officer,
Email:, Telephone: (403) 299-2717; For a
copy of the letter 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:

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