Abandonment Cost Estimates 2016 (ACE) Review

What’s New

Project Information

The Board is reviewing the abandonment cost estimates (ACE) for all regulated pipeline companies.

In the MH-001-2012 ACE proceeding [Folder 782061], the Board heard from Group 1 companies that they were committed to advancing studies and research on the physical issues of pipeline abandonment. As new technologies and best practices continue to evolve, there would be opportunities to learn and revise the estimates accordingly. Additionally, the Board noted that evidence justifying a different assumption could be brought forward during the regular review of the cost estimates and reiterated that cost estimates would be regularly reviewed at least every five years to help mitigate the under or over collection of funds.

Group 1 companies have submitted their revised ACE and supporting documents.

Discussion Papers and Refined ACE Framework

On 16 August 2017, the NEB released Discussion Papers and a refined ACE Framework that includes a Spreadsheet and User Guide for comment.

Technical Conference

On 10 October 2017 [Document 3336416], the Board issued a letter containing preliminary details about the Technical Conference and a registration form. The deadline for registering was 26 October 2017.

On 10 November 2017, the Board released the Technical Conference Agenda, Updates, and List of Registrants. [Filing A87729]

On 19 April 2018, the Board released draft Technical Conference Report. [Filing A91379]

On 6 July 2018, the Board released Final Technical Conference Report [Filing A92857].

Review of the project

    •  6 July 2018: the Board released Final Technical Conference Report [Filing A92857].
    • 19 April 2018: NEB releases Draft Technical Conference Report for comment [Filing A91379]
    • 18 April 2018: NEB releases decision for Group 1 ACE Review 2016 filings [Filing A91357]
    • 10 November 2017: NEB releases Technical Conference Agenda, Updates, and List of Registrants [Filing A87729]
    • 10 October 2017: NEB releases Technical Conference Preliminary Details and Registration Form [Filing A86711]
    • 16 August 2017: NEB releases Discussion Papers and refined ACE Framework [Filing A85505]
    • 15 June 2017, Group 1 companies respond to NEB IR 2 [Folder 2855375]
    • 18 May 2017, NEB issues Round 2 IRs to Group 1 companies [Filing A83669]
    • 5 May 2017, NEB issues Procedural Direction No. 2 [Filing A83172]
    • 10 March 2017, NEB issues List of Participants [Filing A82025]
    • 13 February 2017, NEB issues Procedural Direction No. 1 – Process Decision and Schedule [Filing A81714]
    • 27 January 2017, Group 1 companies respond to Board IR 2 [Folder 2855375]
    • 20 December 2016, NEB issues Information Requests to Group 1 companies [Filing A81101]
    • 8 February 2016, NEB issues letter announcing the ACE Review and directing Group 1 companies to file their revised ACE and related submissions [Filing A75466]
    • 29 October 2015, NEB issues letter notifying interested persons of the ACE Review and inviting comments on process [Filing A73532]
    • Further Procedural Directions will be announced when they are available.

    Support for Participants

    Process Advisor

    The main role of a Process Advisor is to provide information to the general public and support to participants in the review process. They can also answer questions about the NEB’s process.

    For more information, please contact Process Advisor Matt Groza

    Reference

    Regulatory Documents

    During the National Energy Board's Abandonment Cost Estimate Review, all filings must be filed with the NEB and placed on the NEB’s online document repository. These documents are all accessible to the public. You can find these documents here: [Folder 2855374]

    Reference documents

    Archived Websites

    News releases

    None at this time

    Contacts

    Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
    Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
    TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

    For questions about the NEB's review process, please contact:

    Matt Groza
    Emal: ACEReview@neb-one.gc.ca

    Danielle Comte
    Regulatory Officer

    National Energy Board
    Email: danielle.comte@neb-one.gc.ca
    Telephone: 403-604-0289
    Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
    Facsimile: 403-292-5503
    Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
    TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

    Marian Yuzda
    Counsel

    National Energy Board
    Telephone: 587-538-2160
    Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
    Facsimile: 403-292-5503
    Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
    TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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