Western Alberta System Pipeline Incidents
CALGARY, Alberta - Dec. 2, 2003 - 1:00 p.m. MST - (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP) - At approximately 7 a.m. MST , a natural gas pipeline break and resulting fire occurred on TransCanada's Alberta System, approximately 20 kilometres southwest of the communities of Valleyview and the Sturgeon Lake First Nation.
This is the second line break in the area in less than 24 hours. The first line break occurred approximately 15 km downstream of this incident at approximately 5:45 p.m. MST, Dec. 1, about 30 km southwest of the community of Little Smokey. The incident sites are about 90 and 110 km southeast of Grande Prairie.
TransCanada immediately activated its emergency response plan to isolate damaged sections of pipelines and allow the natural gas fires to burn themselves out. No injuries have been reported as a result of either incident. The extent of the damage to our system has not yet been determined.
Some shippers were impacted as a result of yesterday's break; however, there are no further impacts as a result of this second incident. Deliveries of gas to local communities have not been impacted as a result of either incident.
The appropriate authorities have been notified and TransCanada personnel are at both incident sites to begin inspections and determine the extent of damage. It is expected that the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board will respond to the events of this morning.
TransCanada is a leading North American energy company. We are focused on natural gas transmission and power services with employees who are expert in these businesses. Our network of approximately 38,000 km (24,000 miles) of pipeline transports the majority of Western Canada's natural gas production to the fastest growing markets in Canada and the United States. TransCanada owns, controls or is constructing nearly 4,700 megawatts of power - an equal amount of power can meet the needs of about 4.7 million average households. Our common shares trade under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
Note: All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise.
FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION
Certain information in this news release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in this information may differ from actual results or events. Factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, the ability of TransCanada to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected benefits, the availability and price of energy commodities, regulatory decisions, competitive factors in the pipeline and power industry sectors, and the current economic conditions in North America. For additional information on these and other factors, see the reports filed by TransCanada with Canadian securities regulators and with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. TransCanada disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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