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Pipeline & Midstream
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Performing the vital service of linking energy producers and refineries with end-users, the midstream sector has become a continental and global business that must deal with commodity price fluctuation and shifting geopolitics. But as the Keystone XL project illustrated, this industry is also facing increasing public and regulatory scrutiny and is under pressure to implement technologies to improve both environmental safety and efficiency.

Furthermore, the growing trend towards accessing energy from unconventional sources has accelerated the need for development along the petroleum value chain, including pipeline, storage, gathering, processing and transportation infrastructure. Companies in this sector therefore require legal counsel with both first-hand expertise in the oil and gas industry and a real-world business perspective that prioritizes ground-level solutions.

As counsel for pipeline companies, refiners, chemical companies, commodity traders and financiers, the Oil & Gas 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 the largest energy companies in Canada and the world.

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Recent Experience
  • TC Energy Corporation on the sale of an 85 per cent equity interest in Northern Courier Pipeline to AIMCo and, in conjunction with the sale, the financing of long-term, non-recourse debt, with approximate aggregate gross proceeds to TC Energy of C$1.15-billion.

  • 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 Canada Inc. on its joint venture with Keyera Corp. to build Base Line Terminal, a crude oil storage terminal located in Keyera’s Alebrta Enviro Fuels facility in Sherwood Par, Alberta, together with associated arrangements, including numerous long-term storage agreements, land use and access agreements, various interconnection agreements, and EPC agreements.

  • Kinder Morgan Canada on its C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada.

  • PetroLama Energy Canada Inc. in connection with its crude oil storage joint venture with Keyera Energy Inc. in Cushing, Oklahoma.

  • TransCanada on its C$12-billion Energy East pipeline project to deliver 1.1 million barrels per day of crude oil to Quebec and New Brunswick by 2017/2018.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$9.3-billion acquisition of Veresen Inc.

  • Pembina Pipeline on its US$650-million purchase of the Alberta Vantage pipeline (from Bakken, North Dakota, to Empress, Alberta) and an interest in Mistral Midstream's Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its pending acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd. and its C$300-million acquisition of the Cutbank gas-processing facilities and related gathering systems from Talisman Energy Canada, in connection with the development of a pipeline system that is designed to transport up to 100,000 bpd of imported condensate from Kitimat, British Columbia, to Edmonton, Alberta, at an estimated cost of C$1-billion.

  • 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.

  • Altex Energy Corporation on its heavy bitumen pipeline project from the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico refineries.

  • Harvest Energy Trust on its acquisition of North Atlantic Refining Limited and the Come By Chance medium gravity, sour-crude hydrocracking refinery located in Come by Chance, Newfoundland and Labrador, and on negotiating feedstock supply and product off-take arrangements for the refinery.

  • ArcLight Capital Partners LLC on the acquisition of a non-operated interest in the Alberta Hub Gas Storage facility.

  • EnCana on the negotiation, execution and delivery of agreements relating to the sale of a major gas-processing complex in the area of Suffield, Alberta, along with a major long-term gas-processing agreement.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the negotiation of two contracts with Petro-Canada for the processing of bitumen into sour crude and the sale of additional sour crude to Petro-Canada. Both are long-term agreements involving billions of dollars and thousands of barrels per day of refined product.

  • Nexen Inc. on negotiating and drafting Gateway documents, and negotiated agreements of transportation services, terminal service, and storage and marketing (primarily with Plains/InterPipeline).

  • Direct Energy in connection with co-development and gas-gathering and compression arrangements of gas properties owned jointly with EnCana in the area of Entice, Alberta.

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