|By Marketwired .||
|June 17, 2014 06:23 PM EDT||
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/14 -- Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) announced today that pursuant to the Joint Review Panel's (JRP) recommendation, the Northern Gateway Project ("NGP" or "the Project") has received Governor in Council (GIC) approval by the Canadian federal government. The JRP's recommendation was subject to 209 conditions.
"Enbridge and our partners in the Northern Gateway Project welcome today's decision. The Joint Review Panel recommendation and the GIC approval are important milestones and reflect years of work by all stakeholders," said Enbridge President and Chief Executive Officer, Al Monaco. "However, we have more work ahead of us. The decision is one more step in the process; a process that requires a considered and respectful approach with our stakeholders.
"Going forward, we will focus on three priorities: meeting the JRP's conditions, working with the Province of B.C. on its five conditions for supporting oil pipelines; and continuing to engage Aboriginal communities to build further trust and seek additional input that would make the project even better."
Mr. Monaco emphasized the Company's commitment to achieving world class standards for safety and environmental protection.
"From the start, our first priority has been safety and the protection of the environment. It is what all Canadians expect of us and it is what we expect of ourselves," said Mr. Monaco. "Northern Gateway is benefiting greatly from the input and engagement of communities along the right-of-way, Aboriginal communities and numerous technical experts in making this a truly world-class project. Today's decision and the work of the JRP confirm that the project can be built and operated safely and that it's in Canada's national interest."
Stakeholder input contributed to Northern Gateway commitments and proposed measures that were acknowledged by the Joint Review Panel as industry leading in a number of areas, including marine mitigation, consultation, engineering and safety and emergency response.
The Panel also acknowledged that the potential economic benefits of Northern Gateway on local, regional and national economics would be positive and would likely be significant.
"In the broader context, opening new markets for our energy resources is critical for all Canadians. It will mean a major boost to our provincial and national economies. It will create jobs and result in new tax revenues for communities and governments to support social programs and infrastructure," added Mr. Monaco. "Importantly, Northern Gateway will involve Aboriginal communities as owners and partners in the project, and it provides meaningful training, job and business opportunities in communities along the right-of-way."
Northern Gateway is the first pipeline project to be approved to enable Canada to diversify markets for its crude oil and achieve full-market-value pricing. The Project complements Enbridge's broader suite of market access projects, currently in execution, that will open 1.7 million barrels a day of incremental market access to Eastern Canada, the U.S. Gulf Coast and the U.S. Midwest by 2016. With Northern Gateway, Canadian producers will have greater access to the fastest growing markets in the Asia Pacific Rim.
The Northern Gateway Project is a proposed 1,177-km twin pipeline system and marine terminal. The project would transport 525,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil for export and import 193,000 bpd of condensate. Project lead, Enbridge, is working in partnership with leading Canadian and international energy companies, First Nations and Metis communities in B.C. and Alberta.
About Enbridge Inc.
Enbridge Inc., a Canadian Company, is a North American leader in delivering energy and has been included on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking for the past six years. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power transmission. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. As a generator of energy, Enbridge has interests in more than 1,800 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy generating capacity and is expanding its interests in wind and solar energy and geothermal. Enbridge employs more than 10,000 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S. and is ranked as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014. Enbridge'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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