Canada's NEB Approves EnCana's Permit for a Pipeline in B.C.

The National Energy Board has approved an application from EnCana Ekwan Pipeline Inc. to construct and operate a sweet natural gas pipeline. The proposed pipeline would run from the EnCana Oil & Gas Partnership's Sierra Plant near Fort Nelson, British Columbia to a tie-in point on Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.'s northwest mainline, approximately four kilometers east of the Alberta/British Columbia border near Rainbow Lake, Alberta.

EnCana will construct 82.5 kilometers (51 miles) of 610 millimeter (24 inch) sweet dry natural gas pipeline, and associated facilities, during the winter of 2003/2004 with a proposed in-service date in April 2004. The design capacity of the Ekwan Pipeline will be approximately 11.8 million cubic meters (418 million cubic feet) per day. The estimated cost of the proposed project is $55 million.

The Board considered the application at a public hearing held on 28 and 29 July 2003 in Fort St. John, British Columbia.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal agency that regulates several aspects of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to promote safety, environmental protection and economic efficiency in the Canadian public interest within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade.

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