Canada's National Energy Board Approves International
Sep 8, 2006 - Canada NewsWire
Canada's National Energy Board has approved
Sea Breeze Converter Corporation's application to
construct and operate a 150-kV HVDC international
power line (IPL) between Vancouver Island and Washington
During the hearing, concern was expressed
by area fishers that the buried marine cable could
possibly become exposed and potentially interfere
with fishing operations. As a condition of approval,
Sea Breeze was directed to present a
plan to the board on how it would share information
with the fishing industry should the cable become
exposed and to share standard protocols for lost fishing
gear recovery within the cable corridor.
Sea Breeze was further required to develop
and file an operations and maintenance manual that
included a public awareness program to keep the public
apprised of its activities.
The IPL will extend about 48 km southward
from the town of View Royal, British Columbia, to
a point on the international boundary in the Strait
of Juan de Fuca and from there to a point near Port
Angeles, Washington. Approximately 12 km will be buried
onshore and the remainder buried under the Strait
of Juan de Fuca.
Sea Breeze also proposes to construct
a converter station near an existing substation on
Vancouver Island. Construction of the proposed IPL
is slated to start in November 2006.
This is the first merchant IPL approved
by the NEB. Typically, the builders of a merchant
line assume the full cost of construction and the
owner sells the use of the line to other companies,
which generate and own electricity and want to use
the line to transmit the power.
The NEB is an independent federal agency
that regulates several aspects of Canada's energy
industry. Its purpose is to promote safety and security,
environmental protection, and efficient energy infrastructure
and markets in the Canadian public interest, within
the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of
pipelines, energy development and trade.