Canada’s US$9.5 billion pipeline project halted

By Thomas Allen18 October 2017

TransCanada Energy East Pipeline

Map showing the route of TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline

Following a change in circumstances, Canadian energy company TransCanada has said that it will no longer be proceeding with its CAD$12 billion (US$9.5 billion) Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects in Canada.

President and CEO of TransCanada Russ Girling said, “TransCanada will also notify Quebec’s Ministère du Developpement durable, de l’Environnement, et Lutte contre les changements climatiques that it is withdrawing the Energy East project from the environmental review process.”

The project was set to begin in 2018 and would have employed 14,000 workers a year, and a further 3,300 per annum during its first 20 years in operation.

The 4,500km Energy East pipeline would have carried oil from fields in the province of Alberta to St John on Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Giving thanks to various organisations, customers, governments and Canadian citizens who supported the projects, Girling added, “We will continue to focus on our CAD$24 billion (US$19 billion) near-term capital programme, which is expected to generate growth in earnings and cash flow to support an expected annual dividend growth rate at the upper end of an eight to ten per cent range through 2020.”

As result of this project’s termination, TransCanada was said to be reviewing its approximately CAD$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) carrying value, which includes an allowance for funds used during construction capitalised since inception. The company estimates that a CAD$1 billion (US$796.6 million) after-tax, non-cash charge will be recorded in its fourth-quarter results.

In light of the project’s inability to reach a regulatory decision, no recoveries of costs from third parties are expected.

There has been speculation that these recent events could bolster efforts to revive other controversial projects of the company’s.

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