Filing Manual – Guide Q – Export and Import Authorizations (Part VI of NEB Act and Part VI Regulations)

Introduction

Section 117 of the NEB Act authorizes the Board to issue licences for the exportation or importation of oil or gas. The National Energy Board Act Part VI (Oil and Gas) Regulations (Part VI Regulations) set out the information to be filed for licences and provides for the issuance of orders for the exportation or importation of gas and exportation of oil.

The Part VI Regulations are being reviewed and updated by the Board. Please see the Board's Interim Memorandum of Guidance Concerning Oil and Gas Export Applications and Gas Import Applications under Part VI of the National Energy Board Act, dated 11 July 2012, and the NEB Consultation: Oil and Gas Exports and Imports, dated 20 September 2012, for more information.

This guide describes the filing requirements for natural gas (including LNG) export licence applications. Filing requirements for other types of export and import applications will be issued at a later date.Footnote 14

Filing Requirements

Provide:

  1. The source and volume of gas to be exported.
  2. A description of gas supplies, including Canadian gas supply, expected to be available to the Canadian market (including underlying assumptions) over the requested licence term.
  3. A description of expected gas requirements (demand) for Canada (including underlying assumptions) over the requested license term.
  4. The implications of the proposed export volumes on the ability of Canadians to meet their gas requirements.

Further Guidance:

The onus is on the Applicant to demonstrate that the criterion in section 118 of the NEB Act is met. The filing requirements, by their very nature, are not prescriptive and can be met in a variety of ways, including quantitatively or qualitatively. In meeting the filing requirements, the Applicant may want to consider:

  • trends in Canadian gas demand and supply and the availability of the sources of gas to Canadians.
  • available gas supply from the United States and other global sources.
  • past trends in gas discoveries and whether, in the Applicant's opinion, these trends can be extrapolated into the future and why.
  • the expected technological improvements in resource assessment and innovations.

For additional guidance, please see the Board's Reasons for Decision [Filing A50334] respecting the LNG Canada Development Inc. application for a licence to export LNG, issued on 4 February 2013.

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