Trans Québec & Maritimes Pipeline Inc. (TQM) – TQM Reinforcement and Asset Purchase

May 12, 2020

The CER has issued an update on adjudicative processes during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

What’s New

  • April 2, 2020 – CER issues Hearing Order [Filing C05577]
  • April 2, 2020 – CER issues Ruling No. 1 – Participation in the Hearing [Filing C05575]
  • February 4, 2020 – Notice of Public Hearing and Application to Participate [Filing C04539]

Project Information

The TQM System is a natural gas pipeline system comprising of approximately 572 km of pipeline connecting the TransCanada Pipe Lines Limited (TCPL) Canadian Mainline System at Saint-Lazare, West of Montreal, and extending to Saint-Nicolas, near Québec City (TQM System). The TQM System also extends from Lachenaie, East of Montréal, to the Québec/New Hampshire border. The TQM System is subject to federal jurisdiction and regulation by the Commission.

On 23 August 2019, TQM submitted the Reinforcement and Asset Purchase Application pursuant to sections 47, 52, 58 59 and 74 (1) (b) of the NEB Act for leave to purchase and operate the Sabrevois Assets owned by Energir L.P. (approximately 64 km of pipeline with related components) as well as to construct and operate the Bromont Compressor Station and Saint-Basile Interconnect (approx. 20 m of NPS 12 pipeline). The Sabrevois Assets are provincially-regulated assets originally approved by the Régie de l’électricité et du gaz. New construction is limited to the aforementioned Bromont Compressor Station and the 20 m Interconnect. A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under NEBA section 52 is required as the assets being purchased and brought into the TQM system are greater than 40 km and cannot be exempted under section 58 of the NEBA.

The Project is part of a larger facility set within the TQM Reinforcement Program (Program).

The Program is required to meet existing contractual obligations on ‎the TCPL Canadian Mainline to the Énergir Eastern Delivery Area ‎(‎EDA‎).

Project Map

This map provides an overview of the project.

Enbridge Mainline map

Key Milestones

  • March XX, 2020 – CER issues Hearing Order [Filing CXXXXX]
  • March XX, 2020 – CER issues Ruling No. 1 – Participation in the Hearing [Filing CXXXXX]
  • February 4, 2020 – Notice of Public Hearing and Application to Participate [Filing C04539]
  • December 11, 2019 – Legislated Time Limits Filing [Filing C03576]
  • August 23, 2019 – Application Trans Québec – Maritimes Pipeline Inc. & TQM Reinforcement and Asset Purchase [Filing C01159]
  • December 11, 2019 – Legislated Time Limits Filing [Filing C03576]
  • August 8, 2019 – Application Trans Québec – Maritimes Pipeline Inc. – TQM Reinforcement and Asset Purchase [Filing C01159]

List of Issues

The CER has identified the following issues for consideration in the hearing with respect to the proposed reinforcement and asset purchase:

  1. The need for the proposed project.
  2. The valuation, tolls and financing for the proposed project.
  3. The current condition of the Sabrevois Assets and their continued operation, and request for leave to open the Bromont Compressor Station and the Saint-Basile Interconnect.
  4. The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposed project, including any cumulative environmental effects that are likely to result from the project, including those required to be considered by the CER’s Filing Manual.
  5. Potential impacts of the project on rights and interests of Indigenous peoples.
  6. Potential impacts of the project on landowners and land use.
  7. The terms and conditions to be included in any approval the Commission may issue, or any recommendation the Commission may make.

Resources

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Participation

Attention

Email is not a valid method of filing regulatory documents with the Commission. Comments received by email will not be considered. You must apply to participate.

To be a participant in a CER hearing process, you must be directly affected or have relevant information or expertise. You can apply to participate as an intervenor or by letter of comment.

The application to participate process will be from February 6 to March 2, 2020.

For assistance, participants may contact the CER’s ProcessAdvisory Team for this Project at rachel.savoie@cer-rec.gc.ca or by telephone toll-free at 1-800-899-1265.

Apply to Participate

 

Participant Funding

Participant funding is available to facilitate the participation in this public hearing. Refer to the Participant Funding Program page for information on deadlines, eligibility, how to apply for funding, and how to submit claims.

Process Advisor – Support for Hearing Participants

For assistance, participants may contact the CER’s Process Advisory Team for this Project at rachel.savoie@cer-rec.gc.ca or by telephone toll-free at 1-800-899-1265.

Contacts

CER Contacts

For process-related inquiries, please contact:

Rachel Savoie
Process Advisor Team

Canada Energy Regulator
Email: Rachel.Savoie@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-389-4240
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

For media inquiries, please contact

Media Relations Team
Canada Energy Regulator
Email: media@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

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