EnCana to Sell Gas Storage Business for Approximately US $1.5 billion
EnCana Corporation and certain affiliates have reached an agreement to sell substantially all of their gas storage business interests to the Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund, an energy private equity fund managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC and The Carlyle Group, for approximately US$1.5 billion after adjustments. An after-tax earnings gain of approximately US$850 million is expected. The sale, which is subject to closing conditions and applicable regulatory approvals, is expected to close in two transactions. All components of the sale, with the exception of the Wild Goose facility, are expected to close in mid April. The sale of Wild Goose requires the review and approval of the California Public Utilities Commission and such review may take several months to complete.
The sale of this non-core asset is part of EnCana's previously announced divestiture program. The company continues to focus on its industry-leading position in the capture and development of long-life North American natural gas and in-situ oilsands resource plays.
EnCana's natural gas storage business is located in key gas producing and consuming regions and is linked to major North American gas transmission pipelines. EnCana Gas Storage has approximately 174 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of working gas capacity at five facilities in Alberta, California and Oklahoma. EnCana will retain the Hythe (10 Bcf) gas storage facility in northwest Alberta for its own use as this facility is integrated with EnCana's upstream operations.
Gas storage interests being divested: - AECO Hub - Suffield facility (85 Bcf), Alberta - Countess facility (40 Bcf), Alberta - Wild Goose facility (24 Bcf), California - Salt Plains facility (15 Bcf), Oklahoma - Starks facility (27 Bcf in development), Louisiana
RBC Capital Markets and UBS served as advisors to EnCana on this transaction.
In addition to the gas storage divestiture, EnCana is in the process of concluding the $350 million sale of the Chinook oil discovery offshore Brazil to Hydro. It has also sold its Entrega Pipeline in Colorado to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. and Sempra Pipelines & Storage for approximately $240 million. Including EnCana's recent $1.42 billion sale of its Ecuador interests, EnCana expects to realize net proceeds, after cash taxes, of approximately $3.3 billion from these four asset sales. The company plans to use these proceeds to pay down debt and purchase shares under its Normal Course Issuer Bid.
With an enterprise value of approximately US$45 billion, EnCana is one of
North America's leading natural gas producers, is among the largest holders of
gas and oil resource lands onshore North America and is a technical and cost
leader in the in-situ recovery of oilsands bitumen. EnCana delivers
predictable, reliable, profitable growth from its portfolio of long- life
resource plays situated in Canada and the United States. Contained in
unconventional reservoirs, resource plays are large contiguous accumulations
of hydrocarbons, located in thick or areally extensive deposits, that
typically have lower geological and commercial development risk, lower average
decline rates and very long producing lives compared to conventional plays.
The application of technology to unlock the huge resource potential of these
plays typically results in continuous increases in production and reserves and
decreases in costs over multiple decades of resource play life.
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