OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
A complex network of pipelines, storage and processing facilities, rail and transloading infrastructure connects Canada’s energy resources to its downstream customers and users. Together with truck and ocean tanker transportation, this network is the pathway between consumers and Canada’s oil and gas producers. Companies in this sector require legal counsel with both first-hand expertise in the oil and gas industry and a real-world business perspective that prioritizes solutions with a creative and proactive approach to problem solving.

As counsel for producers, midstream companies, refiners, chemical companies, commodity traders and financiers, the Energy lawyers at Blakes have developed extensive knowledge of North America’s energy transportation corridors. From approvals and project development to supply negotiations, investment structures, and joint venture and acquisition implementation, we draw upon our extensive experience in energy, M&A, infrastructure, financial services, tax and competition law. We have helped a deep and diverse client base that includes some of the largest energy companies in Canada and the world.



Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Kinder Morgan, Inc. on its C$760-million disposition of the Corridor Pipeline to InterPipeline; its C$550-million acquisition of the TransMountain Pipeline; and its acquisition of the Cochin Pipeline, Cochin Pipeline Integrity Management Strategy and Transportation Arrangements.
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$300-million acquisition of the Cutbank Gas Processing Facilities and related gathering systems from Talisman Energy Canada; its acquisition of the Alberta oil sands pipeline, which transports oil sands product produced at the Syncrude plant from Fort McMurray to Edmonton; its purchase of the Edmonton North Terminal from Gibson Energy and subsequent consolidation of various oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) terminalling facilities in the Edmonton/Redwater area to create the Nexus Terminal; and its US$650-million purchase of the Alberta Vantage pipeline (Bakken, N.D. to Empress, Alberta) and an interest in Mistral Midstream's Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant.
  • Encana Corporation on its negotiation, execution and delivery of agreements relating to the sale of a major gas-processing complex in the Suffield area, Alberta, along with a major long-term gas-processing agreement.
  • Cenovus Energy on its acquisition of the North American Terminal Operations business (a crude-by-rail transloading facility northeast of Edmonton with both manifest and unit train capability and connected to both CP and CN rail lines) from Canexus Corporation for approximately C$75-million, as well as in related operations and service agreement negotiations.
  • Harvest Energy Trust on the acquisition of North Atlantic Refining Limited and the Come By Chance medium gravity, sour crude hydrocracking refinery located in Come by Chance, Newfoundland, and in negotiating feedstock supply and product off-take arrangements for the refinery.
  • Progress Rail Services on its C$820‑million acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel.
  • Leland Energy Corp. on the sale of the Bantry compression station and the negotiation of the associated gas-gathering and compression arrangements.
  • Sem Canada on the purchase of CAMS gas-processing facilities and ongoing provision of legal services relating to CO&O and processing agreement matters.

Projects

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on several expansions of the Alberta oil sands pipeline, which transports oil sands product produced at the Syncrude plant from Fort McMurray to Edmonton (389,000 barrels per day contracted capacity).
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited on its C$12-billion Energy East Pipeline Project to deliver 1.1 billion barrels per day of crude oil to Quebec and New Brunswick by 2017/2018.
  • TransCanada Corporation on the establishment of its partnership with Phoenix Energy Holdings Limited for the construction and operation of the C$3-billion Grand Rapids Pipeline System.
  • Husky Energy Inc. on various aspects of ownership and operation of its Upgrader facility in Lloydminster, Alberta, including its expansion, and on the negotiation, execution and delivery of a series of transportation and terminalling agreements for diluent and dilbit for the Sunrise oil sands project.
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. on its 50-50 joint venture with Keyera Corp. to build the Alberta Crude Terminal, a 20 spot/40,000 barrel per day manifest crude oil rail loading facility in Edmonton, Alberta.

Regulatory

  • Nexen Inc., on the negotiation of a transportation services agreement, terminal service agreement, and storage and marketing agreements (primarily with Plains/InterPipeline); and the negotiating and drafting of Northern Gateway documents.
  • Suncor Energy Inc., on the negotiation of share service agreements at the Voyageur base plant, and on the negotiation of feedstock supply agreements and upgraded product sales and marketing agreements for the Voyageur oil sands upgrader.
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited on numerous applications for approval of tolls and tariffs, cost of capital and facilities applications.

Financing

  • Acted for TransCanada Corporation in respect of its C$4.4 billion offering of subscription receipts, the largest bought deal in Canadian history.
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$1.5-billion bank financing in regards to the C$3.8‑billion acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd.
  • The lenders for TransCanada's Keystone project credit facility.
  • We have also been involved in billions of dollars of other debt financing for energy projects, including domestic and cross-border financings for issuers and underwriters, such as Enerplus Resources Fund, Pembina Pipeline Income Fund, Suncor Energy Inc., Nexen Inc. and leading dealers such as CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and RBC Capital Markets.

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of our Energy group are recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Who’s Who Legal: Business
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Calgary
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Calgary: 403-260-9692
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