Oil Sands Rates of Return
More about these Rates of Return:
Return Allowance: All pre-payout projects are allowed a return allowance on the excess of cumulative costs less cumulative revenue. For post-payout projects, a return allowance may be claimed if a project has a net loss for the year. In the case of pre-payout projects, the amount is calculated monthly; in the case of post-payout projects, the amount is calculated annually. The rate of the return allowance is tied to the Long Term Bond Rate as set by the Bank of Canada. The legislative authority for the return allowance is provided by section 2 of the Oil Sands Allowed Costs (Ministerial) Regulation.
NAL Pipeline Return Rate: Pipelines used to transport bitumen or bitumen blend to market are not allowed as project assets. As a result, only a per unit charge is allowed based on volumes actually transported. In the case of non-arm's length pipelines, the amount charged is calculated by a formula. The formula includes a return on capital component, which is tied to the return allowed by the National Energy Board for multi-rate pipelines. More information on this cost of service formula can be found in section 5.2 of the Oil Sands Royalty Guidelines, 1997.