Major projects involve a cross-section of stakeholders, including producers, pipeline companies, electricity providers, industry associations and regulators. They span all aspects of the energy industry, from transportation of natural gas, to crude oil, NGLs (natural gas liquids) and electricity. Innovative technology is a prominent feature as projects attempt to improve efficiencies, reduce impacts and supply the cleanest energy possible.

Long time-frames to completion, complex resource structures, new applications of technology, increased costs and a complex regulatory regime mean that teamwork and a bespoke approach to project development are essential. At Blakes, we support our clients in the energy sector from the initial idea through to project close. We strive to become the client’s partner in the execution of these major projects.

Our Energy Projects team has extensive experience in planning, structuring and implementing all aspects of major resource and infrastructure projects. Our clients span project companies, contractors, shippers, traders and financiers. Our team is composed of lawyers with extensive experience in major projects, including major infrastructure, electricity, mining and petrochemical projects, upstream and downstream oil and gas projects, and renewable energy projects. Our experience includes project structuring from tax, commercial and regulatory perspectives, corporate and joint venture agreements, EPC (engineering, procurement and construction), EPCM (engineering, procurement and construction management) and other contracts for asset development, long-term and other feedstock supply agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, offtake arrangements, environmental issues, and related advice.

Representative Matters

  • Sinopec on its acquisition of a 15-per-cent interest in the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project and subsequent project development matters, including the negotiation of various natural gas/LNG value chain agreements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pembina Pipelines
    • on the consolidation of various oil and NGL terminalling facilities in the Edmonton/Redwater area to create the Nexus Terminal; the acquisition of the Alberta oil sands pipeline and several expansions of the pipeline; the greenfield construction of the Horizon pipeline; the greenfield construction of the Cheecham Lateral, Nipisi, and Mitsui pipelines; and
    • the indirect acquisition of a 73,000 bbls per day fractionator at Redwater, Alberta, producing ethane, propane, butane and condensate, followed by construction of a second 73,000 bbls per day fractionator.
  • 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.
  • ENMAX Corporation in all commercial matters relating to the development of its C$1.5-billion, 800 MW, natural-gas-fired, combined-cycle Shepard Energy Centre.
  • LNG Canada Development Inc. in connection with its arrangements with TransCanada Corporation to design, build, own and operate the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline project (Coastal GasLink). The proposed project involves the construction and operation of an approximately 650 km natural-gas pipeline from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C., to the proposed LNG Canada liquefied-natural-gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C. Coastal GasLink is subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision by LNG Canada.
  • Shell Canada Energy and its partners in respect of the proposed Coastal GasLink project, an estimated C$4-billion pipeline to be designed, built, owned and operated by TransCanada Corporation and its affiliates that will transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek, B.C., to the recently announced LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C.
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited and TransCanada Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. in respect of the Keystone pipeline project.
  • Shell Canada Limited on the development and operation of the LNG Canada project, with partners Korea Gas Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and PetroChina Company Limited.
  • Enerplus Resources Fund on its participation in the Joslyn oil sands project and negotiations with its joint interest partners, including Total.
  • Enerplus Resources Fund on its development of the Kirby oil sands steam-assisted gravity drainage project.
  • Dover Operating Corp. and MacKay Operating Corp. with respect to operating the Dover and MacKay oil sands joint venture assets.
  • Petronet LNG on India’s first successful LNG terminal and regasification project in Dahej, including LNG and gas purchase and sale agreements, equity, debt, shipping, port operations and insurance arrangements and initial public offering.
  • PetroPlus International B.V. on obtaining approvals for its acquisition, development and realization of the Keltic LNG project in Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • EnCana Corporation on the 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.
  • GE Energy Financial Services on the acquisition of an interest in, development and financing of the 196 MW Toba Montrose hydroelectric project and the 144 MW Dokie wind project, both located in British Columbia.
  • Ontario Power Generation in connection with the redevelopment and financing of hydroelectric generating projects in northern Ontario.




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



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