​Crescent Point files complaint with NEB about Saskatchewan pipeline system

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The National Energy Board (NEB) is seeking comments on how to proceed with a complaint from Crescent Point Resources Partnership regarding operational practices of TEML Westspur Pipelines Limited that are potentially inconsistent with the Westspur tariff rules and regulations.

Proposed changes in practices are “unjustly discriminatory to shippers and unduly favour TEML Westspur’s affiliate, TEML,” says Crescent Point in its June 9, 2017 complaint.

TEML and its affiliates in December 2016 acquired the Saskatchewan Pipeline System which had been owned and operated by Enbridge Income Fund Holdings through various affiliated entities.

The system consists of the Westspur Pipeline, the Weyburn Pipeline system operated by TEML Weyburn Pipelines Limited and the Saskatchewan Pipeline Gathering System operated by TEML Saskatchewan Pipelines Limited.

All three pipelines, each an affiliate of TEML, function as an operationally integrated crude oil transportation system which provides shippers with delivery point access to the Enbridge Inc. mainline system at Cromer, Manitoba.

Crescent Point also has raised concerns regarding the potential for shipper information for TEML Westspur to be disseminated and used by its parent, TEML, a Calgary-based midstream company owned by Tundra Oil & Gas Limited whose head office is in Winnipeg. Part of TEML’s midstream business includes crude oil marketing, blending and trading activities.

The producer is asking the board under the NEB Act to issue an order requiring TEML Westspur, TEML and its affiliates to carry out the process relating to the equalization of crude quality differences in a fair and equitable manner in full compliance with the detailed procedures set out in the Quality Control Equalization Steering Committee procedures “regardless of the affiliation a shipper has with TEML.”

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