CER Establishes Mainline Contracting Regulatory Process
CALGARY, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Today, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) announced that the regulatory process for Enbridge Inc.'s (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) proposal to offer contracted transportation service on the Mainline pipeline system will proceed in a single phase hearing process that balances the need to address pandemic-related challenges and the Commission's mandate to adjudicate in an appropriately expeditious manner.
"Mainline contracts will provide shippers with priority access to the best markets, at competitive and stable tolls, ensuring certainty of demand for Canadian light and heavy crude oil over the long-term and supporting the best netbacks for Western Canadian producers, said Vern Yu, Enbridge Executive Vice President and President of Liquids Pipelines. "Mainline contracting was developed and refined over a two-year period in response to customer input and negotiation. The offering has strong support from a wide cross-section of producers and refiners representing greater than 70 percent of the Mainline's current throughput."
Forward-looking information, or forward-looking statements, have been included or incorporated by reference in this news release to provide information about Enbridge Inc. ("Enbridge" or the "Company") and its subsidiaries and affiliates, including management's assessment of Enbridge and its subsidiaries' and affiliates' future plans and operations. This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as ''anticipate'', ''expect'', ''project'', ''estimate'', ''forecast'', ''plan'', ''intend'', ''target'', ''believe'', "likely" and similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking information or statements included or incorporated by reference in this document include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the proposed Mainline contract offering, including the benefits and timing thereof and the process and timetable to receive applicable governmental, regulatory and other approvals, including the approval of the Canada Energy Regulator.
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Enbridge Inc. is a leading North American energy infrastructure company. We safely and reliably deliver the energy people need and want to fuel quality of life. Our core businesses include Liquids Pipelines, which transports approximately 25 percent of the crude oil produced in North America; Gas Transmission and Midstream, which transports approximately 20 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S.; Gas Distribution and Storage, which serves approximately 3.8 million retail customers in Ontario and Quebec; and Renewable Power Generation, which generates approximately 1,750 MW of net renewable power in North America and Europe. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit www.enbridge.com.
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