updated 3/25/2011 2:18:13 PM ET 2011-03-25T18:18:13

CALGARY, Alberta, March 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) will be holding a public hearing to consider a Firm Service application submitted by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain).

The oral part of the hearing process is scheduled to start at 10 am on Monday, 22 August 2011, in the Board's Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 444 Seventh Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta.

In its application, Trans Mountain has listed a number of requests. Among them is the approval to implement Firm Service on the Trans Mountain pipeline system for deliveries to the Westridge marine terminal (Westridge) and the associated terms and conditions.

If approved, shippers signing Firm Service contracts would have guaranteed access to Westridge for their committed oil volumes.

The NEB has identified a number of issues for discussion during the hearing. These include, among others, the appropriateness of: offering some of the existing uncommitted capacity to Westridge's committed capacity; re-allocating a portion of the pipeline capacity from land destinations to Westridge; and the proposed use of the Firm Service Fee as a customer contribution toward pipeline improvements.

Any person wishing to participate in this hearing process may do so in one of two ways:

-  by filing an application to intervene with the Secretary of the Board and serving a copy on Trans Mountain and its counsel by 21 April 2011; or

- by filing a letter of comment with the Secretary of the Board and serving a copy on Trans Mountain and its counsel by 17 June 2011.

Please visit the NEB website for general information about the hearing process and how you can participate effectively. To access the information, you may go to www.neb-one.gc.ca, select Hearings and Information Sessions, and then click on Participate in a Public Hearing.

The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

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This news release and Hearing Order RH-02-2011 are available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb‑one.gc.ca under What's New!

For further information:         Carole Léger-Kubeczek

                                                            Communications Officer

                                                            National Energy Board

                                                            E-mail: carole.leger-kubeczek@neb-one.gc.ca                                                                                                           Telephone: 403-299-2717

                                                            Telephone (toll free): 1-800-1265

                                                            Facsimile: 403-292-5503

                                                            Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

                                                            TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For filing of documents and correspondence:        Anne-Marie Erickson

                                                                                    Secretary of the Board

                                                                                    National Energy Board

                                                                                    444 Seventh Avenue SW

                                                                                    Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0X8

                                                                                    Facsimile: 403-292-5503

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