Enbridge Energy Transfer outline plan for shipping more crude to Gulf Coast

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Enbridge Inc. and a partner are planning to spend up to US$3.4 billion to reconfigure a natural gas pipeline to carry oil to the eastern Gulf Coast, a market that currently relies on rail and barge for crude shipments.Enbridge (TSX:ENB) and Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would each own 50 per cent of the project, which would stretch more than 1,100 kilometres from an oil hub at Patoka, Ill., to the St. James hub in Louisiana.Each company would invest between $1.2 billion and $1.7 billion in the project and Energy Transfer would operate it.The line is expected to be in service by 2015, likely carrying between 420,000 and 660,000 barrels per day of crude.The proposal, which requires U.S. regulatory approvals to go ahead, is one of many to help move more crude from Alberta’s oilsands and the Bakken, an oil-rich rock formation centred in North Dakota, to the U.S. Gulf Coast.Canadian crude has recently been sold at a bigger discount than usual because of a lack of pipeline capacity out of western Canada and the U.S Midwest. Burgeoning Bakken volumes, unlocked by drilling advances, have compounded the problem.There is a “tremendous” demand for Bakken crude in the Louisiana market, with some 400,000 barrels per day moving there mainly by rail, said Steve Wuori, the Enbridge executive in charge of oil pipelines.Smaller heavy volumes move there by barge along the Mississippi River.Wuori says he sees the St. James market taking both types of crude.Refineries in the western Gulf Coast — Texas — are mainly configured to handle heavier oil, and a number of initiatives are underway to bring oilsands crude there.Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said that market is “screaming” for more heavy oil to supplant dropping volumes from Venezuela and Mexico. Enbridge and Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners have reversed the Seaway pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas and expect a major expansion to be in service next year.Between initiatives to tap the eastern and western Gulf markets, Wuori said he sees tankers of crude from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere having to look for other customers.“Inevitably with greater, greater and greater American and Canadian supply, that’s going to back out those imports,” he said.And that should help narrow the price gap between American and global crude benchmarks, Wuori added.“Differentials are funny things, but the market is very efficient at removing large arbitrages and I think that’s what you’re going to see happen as we move those volumes there.”On a conference call to discuss Enbridge’s fourth-quarter results, one analyst asked if today’s pipeline pinch could be reversed into a pipeline glut within the next few years, as a litany of Gulf Coast-bound projects come on stream.“We are definitely tight right now and I would say that by 2015-16 when we finish our initiatives and some others get done by others, I think that we’ll probably be in balance by that time,” Monaco replied.Wuori added that Enbridge intends to take a “surgical approach” to deciding where to build pipe.The eastern Gulf project, he said, “is really designed to take what is currently a rail and water market and make it a pipe market. There’s very little crude that can move by pipe into that market. It ought to be a pipeline market. It will be a pipeline market just like the western Gulf Coast.”On the other hand, it wouldn’t make sense to build pipe to the Philadelphia market, since it’s better suited to take crude shipments by tanker and rail.The key, Wuori said, is to give customers “optionality.”“Who knows where all the various crudes are going to need to go? Who knows what differentials are going to do?”The latest proposal would redeploy a variety of existing pipelines, including part of Energy Transfer’s Trunkline natural gas system, as well as Enbridge’s new Southern Access Extension, which is under development.The safety and environmental impact of oil pipelines has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, particularly after a major spill from an Enbridge pipeline into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010.Environmentalists, local politicians, landowners and First Nations communities have raised objections to several major projects, including Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and TransCanada’s Keystone XL.Keystone XL would carry crude and oilsands bitumen from Canada and the northern United States to southern refineries while Enbridge’s Northern Gateway would link Alberta producers to export terminals on the B.C. coast.Also on Friday, Enbridge reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $146 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, down from $159 million, or 21 cents per share a year earlier.Adjusted for one-time items, earnings were $327 million, or 42 cents per share, compared to $273 million, or 36 cents per share.Revenues were $7.2 billion, a drop from $7.3 billion.Enbridge shares rose 38 cents to $44.51 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story said Energy Transfer Partners is based in Houston Enbridge, Energy Transfer outline plan for shipping more crude to Gulf Coast by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2013 2:32 pm MDT read more

POLISH FINAL Wisla VS Kielce 12

The new Polish Champions are not known yet. In the third match Vive Targi Kielce was defeated by Orlen Wisła Płock 27:31; it means that the finals are prolonged by at least one game. Kielce arrived in Płock hoping to end the play offs on Saturday. The second game was supposed to be a lesson from which they were to draw the conclusions but the beginning seemed to deny that. After a couple minutes and couple Kielce’s mistakes, Płock led 3:1. “Iskra” had difficulties in breaking through Wisła’s tough defence. Not only couldn’t they handle Płock’s defence, they also had problems with their own one. Mariusz Jurkiewicz did with it whatever he wanted and hit the net over and over again. Poor attack and a few good Wichary’s interventions in the goal made Kielce’s situation a bit complicated. However, the defending champions came from behind and in 26. minute equalized at 12:12; then did not let Wisła make the gap bigger than one goal. The half time result was 15:14 for Płock.As this game was the last chance for Wisła to stay in the game, the atmosphere both among the fans and on the court was tense. The first confrontation took place already in the 3. minute as Denis Buntić and Kamil Syprzak wanted to exchange a few words with each other. A few minutes later, Lijewski’s foul on Zorman engaged entire teams but the quarrel was quickly prevented. By the end of the first half both Eklemović and Grabarczyk were sent off the court for 2 minutes.The second half was opened by two fine saves by (almost invisible before) Szmal. Kielce wasted about 3 chances to take the lead (including 2 wasted penalty shots) until they finaly did it in 39. minute (19:18). However, they were not able to keep it and ten minutes later Wisła had 4 goals more. In the last minutes Kielce were discouraged by Marcin Wichary; also temporarily absent due to a head injury Jurkiewicz came back and started scoring again. Kielce poor mistakes in attack sealed the deal and they lost the chance to win the third game.The fourth game is taking place on Sunday, again in Płock.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story CRAZY FINISH: THW Kiel new-old champion! Next Story → Alingsas HK are the new Swedish champions! read more