Western Alberta System Pipeline Incidents Preliminary Cause
CALGARY, Alberta - Dec. 4, 2003 - (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP) - Preliminary investigations into the cause of two pipeline breaks earlier this week on TransCanada's Alberta system show the breaks are likely due to external corrosion on the pipeline. The affected sections of pipeline are about 100 km southeast of Grande Prairie, Alberta.
TransCanada employees continue to work with regulators at both sites to investigate and evaluate the damage.
"We have crews working around the clock to repair the pipeline," says Don Wishart, TransCanada's executive vice-president, Operations and Engineering. "We want to get it operating safely and reliably as soon as possible."
TransCanada has an extensive integrity program that meets and often exceeds industry standards. The program includes pipeline maintenance, corrosion control, leak detection, aerial patrol, cathodic protection surveys and public awareness. TransCanada has spent approximately $74 million on its pipeline integrity program this year.
TransCanada is a leading North American energy company. We are focused on natural gas transmission and power services with employees who are expert in these businesses. Our network of approximately 38,000 km (24,000 miles) of pipeline transports the majority of Western Canada's natural gas production to the fastest growing markets in Canada and the United States. TransCanada owns, controls or is constructing nearly 4,700 megawatts of power - an equal amount of power can meet the needs of about 4.7 million average households. Our common shares trade under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
Note: All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise.
FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION
Certain information in this news release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in this information may differ from actual results or events. Factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, the ability of TransCanada to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected benefits, the availability and price of energy commodities, regulatory decisions, competitive factors in the pipeline and power industry sectors, and the current economic conditions in North America. For additional information on these and other factors, see the reports filed by TransCanada with Canadian securities regulators and with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. TransCanada disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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