TransCanada Seeks Change to NEB Mainline Tolls Decision
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today filed an application with the National Energy Board (NEB) for review and variance of the NEB's decision released March 27, 2013 related to TransCanada's 2012-2013 restructuring proposal for tolls and service on the Canadian Mainline.
Although the NEB approved all of TransCanada's 2012/13 costs and some of TransCanada's proposed changes to its services, the 257-page decision has created a new model for the Mainline's tolls that is a departure from what TransCanada applied for and from the regulatory framework that has been in place for decades.
The new model establishes fixed firm service tolls until the end of 2017, grants TransCanada pricing discretion for short-term and interruptible services and defers significant costs until the end of the fixed tolls period. While TransCanada does not accept many of the statements made by the NEB in its decision, it will work within the Board model, subject to NEB approval of certain changes. As a result, TransCanada has today filed with the NEB an application to review and vary the decision.
Specifically, TransCanada asks the NEB to change a number of components of the decision including:
TransCanada believes that an increase in the long-haul Empress to Dawn toll of $1.52/GJ is within the competitive range of tolls and avoids large deferrals of cost collection beyond the five-year fixed toll period. The requested tolls will be a significant reduction from the tolls that have been charged since 2011.
TransCanada has also requested that the NEB decision be implemented November 1, 2013 rather than July 1, 2013 as the intent of the NEB decision is best met by allowing the new tolls and pricing flexibility to go into effect concurrently at the start of the gas year. For 2013, marketing opportunities for the winter season have now come and gone. Lowering tolls this July would lower firm revenues while limiting the company's ability to generate offsetting 2013 discretionary revenues prior to the start of the new gas year.
"Although we don't agree with the decision, we are trying to work within it," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer. "Our Review and Variance Application will seek change of certain elements that will allow us to work within the decision rather than trying to undo the decision."
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