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T.D. Williamson introduces 4-inch inspection tool for small diameter, low pressure pipelines

TransCanada plans name change to TC Energy

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.

Demand to drive Canadian oil prices higher in 2019: Deloitte

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.

Quebecers prefer oil from Western Canada

In the wake of Quebec Premier Francois Legault's recent statements about Alberta oil, which have sown discontent in Western Canada, a Leger poll conducted for the MEI shows that a large majority of Quebecers prefer to get oil from Western Canada than from anywhere else in the world.

Tidewater announces TransAlta ownership interest in Pioneer pipeline

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 to sell Coolidge Generating Station for US$465 million

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’s 2019 budget demonstrates cost leadership and capital discipline

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.

Innovative solution delivers additional natural gas to eastern markets on Canadian mainline

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.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces agreement to acquire Enbridge Gas New Brunswick

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.

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SPX Flow offers high pressure closures, pig signallers

SPX FLOW's GD Engineering brand has a long and successful history with the petrochemical and oil and gas industries. The Bandlock 2 closure is the original and benchmark design for high pressure closures. It ensures inside pressure cannot open the closure and has been proven to provide a safe, easy to use access solution with over 20,000 units in operation worldwide. Used in horizontal, vertical, inclined or declined installations for pipeline pig traps, filters, coalescers, strainers, separators, meter skid systems, hydrocyclones or any pressure vessel, even the largest of these closures can be opened in under one minute without the need for any special tools. 

Inline sampling system from Dynatrol offers easy maintenance

Originally developed for areas where pumps could not be used, the Red Goose uses product velocity to sample petroleum products from pipelines at flowing conditions.  There are no moving parts during operation. No pump is ever needed for gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel or other refined petroleum products. 

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Coastal GasLink gets go-ahead after LNG Canada approval

TransCanada Corporation will proceed with construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project after a decision to sanction the LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction facility in Kitimat, British Columbia was announced by the joint venture participants of LNG Canada, a consortium comprised of Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS.

NEB announces first steps to Trans Mountain reconsideration

The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a public hearing to carry out its reconsideration related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The NEB has assigned a panel, opened up the application-to-participate process, and is seeking comment on the focus and design of the upcoming hearing. Board Members assigned to the hearing panel are Lyne Mercier (presiding), Alison Scott, and Murray Lytle.

Coastal GasLink inks agreements with all indigenous bands along route

TransCanada Corporation is pleased to announce that its Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Project has signed community and project agreements with all of the elected Indigenous bands along its pipeline route in British Columbia. These agreements, totaling 20 across the province, exemplify the strong Indigenous support received for the proposed natural gas pipeline project in B.C.

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Kinder Morgan to use Trans Mountain sale proceeds for debt reduction

Kinder Morgan, Inc. announced its intention to vote in favor of the Kinder Morgan Canada Limited board's proposals that will facilitate the distribution of approximately $2.0 billion of Trans Mountain net sale proceeds as a return of capital to KMI; and reiterated its intention to use the proceeds to pay down debt. As a result, KMI currently expects to end the year at a Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 4.6 times, and expects to have reduced its consolidated net debt by approximately $7.8 billion since the third quarter of 2015.

Sealing plugs for heavy-duty applications

Pipe stopping and blocking where there are chemicals or high temperatures present can cause many challenges in a variety of industries including Oil and Gas and Petrochemicals. Furthermore, if those pipes have some small ovality problems it presents additional difficulties in order to achieve a good sealing.

Trans Mountain court decision quashes approvals, leaves line in limbo

A Federal Court of Appeals decision that effectively threw out government approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project has left the future of the project in limbo. The government of Canada, which as of August 31 is the owner of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, maintains that the expansion project will be built, but it remains uncertain as to when.

NEB clears Trans mountain to start expansion project construction between Edmonton and Kamloops

The National Energy Board (NEB) has released a condition compliance Letter Report that gives Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) NEB approval to start construction of its expansion project on Segments 1-4 (also referred to as Spreads), from the Edmonton Terminal to its Darfield Pump Station north of Kamloops in the B.C. Interior. 

Line 3 Replacement growing the economy while protecting environment

Canada is a place where the environment and the economy go hand in hand. Providing a stable, effective regulatory regime to approve and oversee pipeline operations is integral to safeguarding the environment, while supporting projects in the national interest that create good jobs, strengthen and grow the middle class and help get Canada's resources to world markets will deliver economic benefits for all Canadians. 

Plains Midstream, SemCAMS hold open season for new Montney pipeline

Plains Midstream Canada ULC (PMC), a subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., and SemCAMS ULC (SemCAMS), a subsidiary of SemGroup Corporation, announced that they have received sufficient customer interest to conduct an open season and are soliciting further producer engagement for a new Montney to Market liquids pipeline to service production from the Wapiti and potentially the Pipestone area in West Central Alberta to PMC's terminal infrastructure in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

NEB white paper addresses pipeline fittings

The National Energy Board (NEB) has published its Recommendations to Improve Quality Assurance of Quenched and Tempered Fittings white paper. The report provides recommendations for enhanced quality assurance of integral components of Canada's transmission pipeline systems - quenched and tempered fittings. There are thousands of fittings (elbows, tees and reducers) on NEB-regulated pipeline systems, whose proper and traceable manufacturing, distribution and procurement helps ensure the safe operation of more than 73,000 km of pipeline currently under NEB jurisdiction. 

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