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Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations (SOR/83-190)

Regulations are current to 2020-12-28 and last amended on 2020-03-16. Previous Versions

Retirements of Plant (continued)

Land Retired or Sold

  •  (1) Where land is retired or sold, account 100 (Gas Plant in Service), account 101 (Gas Plant Leased to Others), account 102 (Gas Plant Held for Future Use) or account 110 (Other Plant) shall be credited with the book cost of the land.

  • (2) Where the gain or loss from the sale or retirement of land is material, the company shall inform the Regulator and shall transfer the amount of the gain or loss to account 331 (Extraordinary Income) or account 341 (Extraordinary Income Deductions), as applicable.

  • (3) Where the gain or loss from the sale or retirement of land is not material, the company shall transfer the amount of the gain or loss to account 319 (Other Income) or to account 329 (Other Income Deductions), as applicable.

  • SOR/86-998, s. 11
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 12
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 13(F)

Maintenance

General

 The cost of repairs recorded in the maintenance accounts for gas plant shall include

  • (a) the cost of inspection to determine the repairs that are necessary;

  • (b) the cost of adjusting, repairing or replacing parts; and

  • (c) the cost of inspection, testing and running of parts to determine whether or not the repairs have been properly made and the repaired item is ready for service.

  •  (1) Maintenance accounts kept in accordance with Schedule VII shall be debited with the costs of repairing and maintaining plant and shall include

    • (a) incidental costs including the construction and removal of false work in connection with maintenance;

    • (b) the cost of relocating pipeline plant where retirement accounting for units of plant is not involved;

    • (c) the cost of raising or lowering line pipe in the trench where retirement accounting for units of plant is not involved;

    • (d) the cost of repairing fences, sidewalks, driveways and streets within or adjacent to the plant;

    • (e) the cost of installing, maintaining and removing temporary facilities to prevent any interruptions in operations; and

    • (f) the cost of maintaining public improvements included in account 176 (Public Improvements).

  • (2) Where employees whose pay is normally debited to operating expenses

    • (a) mow and beautify grounds and buildings,

    • (b) periodically restore seasonal features such as gardens, shrubbery and lawns, or

    • (c) clear and remove snow, ice and fallen timber,

    their pay and any other costs arising from such employment may be debited to the maintenance or operating account, at the option of the company.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 13(F)

Equalization of Maintenance Expenses

 Where a company prepares a budget for its maintenance expenses for a fiscal year, the following procedure may be followed:

  • (a) the actual monthly expenses shall be debited to the appropriate maintenance accounts;

  • (b) the excess of an actual expense over a budgeted monthly expense shall be debited to account 275 (Gas Cost and Maintenance Equalization) and credited to the appropriate expense account;

  • (c) the excess of a budgeted expense over an actual monthly expense shall be debited to the appropriate expense account and credited to account 275 (Gas Cost and Maintenance Equalization); and

  • (d) at the end of the fiscal year, the balance in account 275 (Gas Cost and Maintenance Equalization) shall be transferred to the appropriate expense account.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 13(F)

Depreciation

General

 In sections 49 to 57,

group system

group system means a system by which a weighted average rate of depreciation is calculated for a particular group of plant accounts, a plant account, or a group of assets within a plant account, and established in recognition of the fact that some part of the investment in a group of assets may be recovered through salvage realization and that there will be variations in the service lives of the assets constituting the group, even among assets of the same class; (système de dépréciation en groupe)

service life

service life means the period of time between the placement of plant in service and its retirement; (vie utile)

service value

service value means the book cost of plant minus the estimated net salvage value of that plant. (valeur de service)

  •  (1) Under the group system, in the case of an ordinary retirement of an individual asset in a group of assets, the accumulated depreciation attributable to the asset shall, for the purposes of these Regulations, be considered to be equal to the cost of the asset minus any amount that may reasonably be recoverable through salvage realization, whether or not the actual service life of the asset is shorter or longer than the anticipated average service life for the group.

  • (2) Assets, within a group of assets, remaining in use after reaching their average service life expectancy shall not be regarded as fully depreciated until actual retirement or until the group is fully depreciated, whichever is earlier.

  •  (1) Charges for depreciation with respect to accounts that are classed by section 51 as being accounts covering assets that are depreciable shall be computed in conformity with the group system.

  • (2) A company shall charge depreciation by using such one of the following methods as is chosen by the company and approved by the Commission for use by the company:

    • (a) the straight line method;

    • (b) the use or unit of production method;

    • (c) the diminishing value method; or

    • (d) any other systematic method consistent with generally accepted accounting principles.

  • SOR/86-998, s. 12
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 11
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 13(F)

Depreciable Assets

  •  (1) All plant accounts, with the exception of accounts 410, 420, 450, 460 and 480 (Land), are classed as accounts covering assets that are depreciable and, for the purpose of the group system of depreciation accounting, depreciable asset accounts may be grouped according to the nature of the plant included in each account.

  • (2) Accounts 401 (Franchises and Consents) and 402 (Other Intangible Plant) are depreciable only to the extent of items included therein that are subject to recognizable loss in value.

Depreciation Charges

  •  (1) There shall be debited each month to expenses or other appropriate accounts and credited to the accounts for accumulated depreciation amounts that will allocate, in a systematic and rational manner, the service value of plant over its estimated service life.

  • (2) Monthly depreciation charges under the straight line method shall be computed by

    • (a) applying the annual percentage rate of depreciation to the depreciation base as of the first of each month and dividing the result by 12; or

    • (b) with the prior approval of the Commission, applying the annual percentage rate of depreciation to the depreciation base at the beginning of the company fiscal year and dividing the result by 12.

  • (3) Monthly depreciation charges under the use or unit of production method shall be computed by applying the appropriate rate or use or production per unit for the year to the number of units of use or production for the month.

  • (4) Monthly depreciation charges under the diminishing value method shall be computed by applying the annual percentage rate to the depreciation base as of the first of each month and dividing the result by 12.

  • (5) A company shall compute depreciation in accordance with subsection 28(1).

  • (6) The monthly debits for depreciation of plant included in account 100 (Gas Plant in Service), account 101 (Gas Plant Leased to Others) or account 102 (Gas Plant Held for Future Use) shall be debited to account 303 (Depreciation).

  • (7) Depreciation on assets included in account 110 (Other Plant) shall be debited to account 311 (Expense of Other Plant).

  • SOR/86-998, s. 13
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 11
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 13(F)

Rates of Depreciation

  •  (1) A separate depreciation rate shall be used in computing depreciation charges for each group of plant accounts, each plant account or each group of assets within a plant account.

  • (2) In determining the rate of depreciation, consideration shall be given to all relevant factors including variations in use, increasing obsolescence or inadequacy.

  • (3) Each depreciation rate used shall be approved by the Commission; but, where no rate has previously been approved for any class of plant, an interim rate as estimated by the company shall be used.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 11
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 13(F)
 
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