Inter Pipeline Ltd., in its financial and operating results for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2018, announced a record $1.1 billion in funds from operations, a 10 percent increase over the previous year, with its natural gas liquids processing business reaching a record annual FFO of $445 million.
Cenovus Energy Inc. delivered strong operating performance in 2018 but took a financial hit in the process, the company reported in its year-end results release. While solid production continued across Cenovus operations, a $1.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter pushed it to a net loss of $2.9 million for the year.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation has approved an additional expansion of its Peace Pipeline system, which will accommodate incremental customer demand in the Montney area by debottlenecking constraints, accessing downstream capacity, and further enhancing product segregation on the system. Phase VIII has an estimated capital cost of approximately $500 million and is supported by 10-year contracts with significant take-or-pay provisions. Phase VIII is anticipated to be placed into service in stages starting in 2020 through the first half of 2022, subject to regulatory and environmental approvals.
The NEB has rejected a request by the City of Burnaby to rescind two Orders that authorize Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC to undertake pipeline relocations and decommissioning works at its Burnaby Terminal. The decision enables the company to continue its ongoing work to modify existing piping and related infrastructure within the facility.
T.D. Williamson (TDW) has commercialized a 4-inch magnetic flux leakage (MFL) + deformation (DEF) + internal versus external discrimination (IDOD) tool that helps ensure pipeline integrity by detecting pitting and general corrosion as well as interacting features such as dents with metal loss in small diameter, low pressure pipelines.
TransCanada Corporation has announced its intention to change its name to TC Energy to better reflect the scope of the company's operations as a leading North American energy infrastructure company. TransCanada's shareholders will be asked to approve a special resolution to change the name at the company's next Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders.
Prices for Canadian heavy and light oil should improve somewhat in 2019 because of increased demand from refineries in the United States, improving transportation capacity and mandatory productions cuts in Alberta, according to Deloitte's Resource Evaluation and Advisory (REA) group. In its latest report, Deloitte says these factors should begin to reduce the current oversupply of Canadian oil and help narrow the larger-than-usual differentials with WTI prices that were present in the final quarter of 2018.
Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. has announced that TransAlta has exercised its option to acquire a 50 percent ownership interest in the Pioneer pipeline connecting the Tidewater owned Brazeau River Complex to TransAlta's generating units in the Keephills and Sundance area. Tidewater will construct and operate the 120 km natural gas pipeline, with an 11km lateral connecting to Sundance, which will have an initial throughput of 130 MMcf/d with the potential to expand to approximately 440 MMcf/d. The project is supported by a 15 year take or pay commitment from TransAlta. TransAlta's investment will be approximately $90 million. Construction of the 120km pipeline commenced last month and is expected to be fully operational by the second half of 2019. TransAlta's investment is subject to final regulatory approval of the lateral and licence transfers from Tidewater to the partnership.
TransCanada Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell its Coolidge Generating Station to SWG Coolidge Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Company, LLC, for approximately US$465 million (Cdn$623 million), subject to closing adjustments and customary regulatory approvals. Located in Coolidge, Arizona, the Coolidge Generating Station is a 575-megawatt natural gas-fired power facility that is underpinned by a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
Cenovus Energy Inc. remains committed to increasing shareholder value through cost leadership, capital discipline and safe and reliable operations. These commitments, in combination with the company's high-quality upstream assets and joint ownership in strong refining assets, are expected to further strengthen Cenovus's ability to generate free funds flow and continue deleveraging its balance sheet in 2019.
TransCanada Corporation has secured 675,000 gigajoules (GJ) (630 million cubic feet) per day of new natural gas transportation contracts from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) on TransCanada's Canadian Mainline. Its North Bay Junction Open Season resulted in long-term, fixed-priced contracts for service that will reach markets in Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the Northeastern U.S.
As Western economies have struggled with the upheavals brought about by globalization, technological change, and disruption, one sector remained consistently strong for Canada: the energy industry. Put simply, Canada's economy cannot prosper without a growing and healthy resource sector.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announced that its subsidiary Liberty Utilities (Canada) LP has entered into an agreement to purchase Enbridge Gas New Brunswick Limited Partnership , a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., along with its general partner for C$331 million, subject to certain customary adjustments. New Brunswick Gas is a regulated utility that provides natural gas to approximately 12,000 customers in 12 communities across New Brunswick, and operates approximately 800 km of natural gas distribution pipeline.