ENGAGE ENERGY CANADA, L.P.
FE DOCKET NO. 98-93-NG
I. DESCRIPTION OF REQUEST
On November 23, 1998, Engage Energy Canada, L.P. (Engage Canada) filed an application with the Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy (DOE), under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA)(1) and DOE Delegation Order Nos. 0204-111 and 0204-127, for blanket authorization to import up to 1,000 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada and to export up to 1,000 Bcf of natural gas to Canada. The authorization would be for a two-year term beginning on January 1, 1999, and ending December 31, 2000.(2) Engage Canada, a "Federal Canadian Corporation" with its principal place of business in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a marketer of natural gas. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westcoast Energy Inc. The proposed authorization does not involve the construction of new pipeline facilities.
The application filed by Engage Canada has been evaluated to determine if the proposed import and export arrangement meets the public interest requirement of section 3 of the NGA, as amended by section 201 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-486). Under section 3(c), the import or export of natural gas from or to a nation with which there is in effect a free trade agreement requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, is deemed to be consistent with the public interest and must be granted without modification or delay. The authorization sought by Engage Canada to import natural gas from Canada and to export natural gas to Canada, a nation with which a free trade agreement is in effect, meets the section 3(c) criterion and, therefore, is consistent with the public interest. This blanket order authorizes transactions under contracts with terms of no longer than two years.
Pursuant to section 3 of the Natural Gas Act, it is ordered that:
A. Engage Energy Canada, L.P. (Engage Canada) is authorized to import up to 1,000 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas, from Canada, and to export up to 1,000 Bcf of natural gas to Canada. The term of the authority is for two years beginning on January 1, 1999, and ending on December 31, 2000.
B. This natural gas may be imported and exported at any point on the border between the United States and Canada.
C. With respect to the natural gas imports and exports authorized by this Order, Engage Canada shall file with the Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities, within 30 days following each calendar quarter, quarterly reports indicating whether imports or exports of natural gas have been made. Quarterly reports must be filed whether or not initial deliveries have begun. If no imports or exports of natural gas have been made, a report of "no activity" for that calendar quarter must be filed. If imports or exports have occurred, Engage Canada must report the following: (1) total monthly volumes in Mcf; (2) the average monthly purchase price of gas per MMBtu at the international border; (3) the name of the seller(s); (4) the name of the purchaser(s); (5) the estimated or actual duration of the agreement(s); (6) the name of the U. S. transporter(s); (7) the point(s) of entry and exit; and (8) the geographic market(s) served (for imports, by State). For import transactions only, the report shall also include: (1) whether sales are being made on an interruptible or firm basis; and (2) the per unit (MMBtu) demand/commodity/reservation charge breakdown of the contract price.
D. The first quarterly report required by Ordering Paragraph C of this Order is due not later than April 30, 1999, and should cover the period from January 1, 1999, until the end of the first calendar quarter, March 31, 1999.
E. The quarterly reports required by Ordering Paragraph C of this Order shall be filed with the Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities, Fossil Energy, Room 3E-042, FE-34, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20585.
Issued in Washington, D.C., on December 01, 1998.
John W. Glynn
Manager, Natural Gas Regulation
Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities
Office of Fossil Energy
1. 1/ 15 U.S.C. § 717b.
2. 2/ Engage Canada's current blanket authorization to import and export natural gas granted by DOE/FE Order Nos. 1226 and 1226-A, dated December 11, 1996, and June 5, 1998, (1 FE ¶ 71,340 and 1 FE ¶ 71,570 respectively), expires on December 31, 1998.