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Section I: Commissioner's Message

It is my pleasure to present the Performance Report for the Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA).

The NPA was created by the Northern Pipeline Act (the Act)in 1978 to oversee the planning and construction by Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. (Foothills) of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project (pipeline), also referred to as the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System. The pipeline was certificated in 1978 and is intended to transport Alaskan and possibly northern Canadian natural gas to southern markets in Canada and the United States.

The portion of the pipeline south of Caroline, Alberta (Phase I), was constructed in the early 1980's and presently transports Canadian gas sourced primarily from south of the 60thparallel. Unfavourable economic conditions led to indefinite delays in the completion of the northern portion of the pipeline (Phase II), and consequently, the Agency's activities in the 1990's were limited to overseeing the expansion of the southern portion of the pipeline.

Recently, perception of a growing North American market for natural gas, combined with concerns about limitations on supply from traditional sources, and strong natural gas prices has resulted in renewed interest in the pipeline as an option for bringing northern gas to market. In response, the Agency has taken measures to address the commitments of the Government of Canada that are embodied in the Actand legislative changes that have occurred since the pipeline was certificated.


Cassie J. Doyle

Management Representation Statement

I submit for tabling in Parliament, the 2007 Departmental Performance Report (DPR) for Northern Pipeline Agency.

This document has been prepared based on the reporting principles contained in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Guide for the preparation of 2006-2007 Departmental Performance Reports:

  • it adheres to the specific reporting requirements;
  • it uses an approved Program Activity Architecture;
  • it presents consistent, comprehensive, balanced and accurate information; 
  • it provides a basis of accountability for the results pursued or achieved with the resources and authorities entrusted to it; and
  • it reports finances based on approved numbers from the Estimates and the Public Accounts of Canada.


Name:              Cassie J. Doyle

Title:                 Commissioner

Date:                September 26, 2007