August 23, 2004

NEB seeks comment on draft EA scoping document for proposed Rabaska LNG project

The National Energy Board (NEB) is inviting public comments on the draft environmental assessment (EA) scoping document for the Rabaska project, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal proposed for construction in the Ville Guay/Beaumont area, at the limits of the cities of LÈvis and Beaumont, Quebec. The project proponents are Enbridge, Gaz MÈtro Limited Partnership and Gaz de France.

The principal components of the proposed project include a jetty to receive the LNG tankers, a terminal with two storage tanks and vaporization equipment, and approximately 50 kilometres of pipeline to connect the LNG terminal to the existing facilities of Gazoduc Trans QuÈbec & Maritimes (TQM) in Saint-Nicolas, Quebec.

The proposed LNG terminal would be capable of delivering 14.2 million cubic metres per day of vaporized gas. It is projected that about 60 LNG tankers would deliver LNG from various places in the Atlantic basin to the proposed terminal. The proposed jetty would be able to accommodate tankers ranging from 138,000 to 160,000 cubic metres in capacity. The proponents anticipate constructing the facilities between 2006 and 2008.

The Rabaska Project is subject to the federal EA process pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The NEB, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada are responsible authorities for the Rabaska Project and will ensure that an EA is undertaken. The three agencies have prepared a draft EA scoping document for the project outlining the proposed scope of the project, the factors proposed to be considered in the project EA and the proposed scope of those factors. The draft Rabaska Project Environmental Assessment Scoping

Document may be viewed on the NEB Web site,, or requested from the NEB Library, 403/299-3562, FAX 403/292-5576, E-mail

Written comments on the draft EA scoping document are due by September 13, 2004 and should be mailed to Michel Mantha, Secretary, National Energy Board 444 - 7th Ave SW, Calgary T2P 0X8. Comments may also be sent by fax to 403/292-5503. More information is available from Ross Hicks at the NEB, 403/299-3930, E-mail

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