OEB Decision Provides Further Direction on Pipeline Construction

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board issued a
Decision relating to an earlier Decision that granted Natural Resource Gas
Limited (NRG) leave to construct a 28.5 kilometer natural gas pipeline.
    The pipeline is necessary to meet the natural gas distribution
requirements of an ethanol plant proposed by Integrated Grain Processors
Cooperative Inc. (IGPC) in Aylmer, Ontario.
    The Decision follows a hearing last month called by the Board on short
notice in Aylmer. The hearing was held on the Board's own motion to address
issues raised by IGPC, specifically a claim that NRG was failing to construct
the pipeline in a timely fashion. NRG, on the other hand, claimed that IGPC
failed to provide a required letter of credit. Much of the dispute surrounded
the proper amount of this letter of credit.
    Following that hearing, the Board issued a Decision on March 4, 2008 with
regard to a construction schedule for the pipeline. In that Decision, the
Board also required the parties to make written submissions on certain cost
items that NRG claimed should be part of the letter of credit. The Board
indicated it would decide which additional cost items, if any, are appropriate
and that the Parties had agreed to accept the Board's Decision on this issue
as binding.
    Today's Decision determines the appropriateness of cost items.

    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, and works towards this vision through
regulatory processes that are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board or to view the transcript of the
Board's ruling, please visit our website 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: Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416)

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