UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY







BOSTON GAS COMPANY

FE DOCKET NO. 89-38-NG






ORDER VACATING LONG-TERM AUTHORIZATION

TO IMPORT NATURAL GAS FROM CANADA











DOE/FE ORDER NO. 552-A














Boston Gas Company (Boston Gas) is authorized by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) in DOE/FE Opinion and Order No. 552 (Order 552), to import up to 35,000 Mcf per day of natural gas from Canada through March 31, 2007.(1) The authorization is predicated upon a long-term gas sales agreement, dated May 1, 1989, between Boston Gas and Imperial Oil Resources Limited (Imperial).(2) On December 17, 1998, FE issued DOE/FE Order No. 1445 (Order 1445) granting Boston Gas authorization to import from Imperial up to 43,200 Mcf per day of Canadian natural gas for a period of eight years commencing November 1, 1999, through March 31, 2007.(3) The import in Order 1445 will replace the Canadian gas supplies acquired from Imperial pursuant to Order 552. By letter dated December 8, 1998, Boston Gas requests Order 552 be rescinded and terminated November 1, 1999, to coincide with the effective date of Order 1445.

Accordingly, pursuant to section 3 of the Natural Gas Act, the authorization to import natural gas granted to Boston Gas Company in DOE/FE Opinion and Order 552 is hereby vacated effective November 1, 1999.

Issued in Washington, D.C., on December 22, 1998.

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John W. Glynn
Manager, Natural Gas Regulation
Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum
Import and Export Activities
Office of Fossil Energy

1. 1/ 1 FE ¶ 70,503 (November 27, 1991).

2. 2/ Previously known as Esso Resources Canada Limited.

3. 3/ Not yet published.