Enbridge said in November it planned to seek the Canada Energy Regulator’s approval to auction off rights to ship crude on its Mainline system, more than a month after the watchdog said the company will not be allowed to offer contracted space on the pipeline to shippers.
Canada holds the world’s third-largest crude reserves but years of regulatory delays and environmental opposition have stymied development of new export pipelines, contributing to falling capital investment and slowing growth in the oil sands.
The Canadian segment of the Line 3 Replacement project was placed into service earlier this month. Line 3 is part of Enbridge’s Mainline network that transports western Canadian oil to Midwest refineries and the replacement project would double capacity to 760,000 barrels per day.
Enbridge, which has been selling non-core assets and simplifying its corporate structure to cut costs, had reported better-than-expected third quarter profit in November due to higher crude volumes on its Mainline system.
Enbridge declared a quarterly dividend of C$0.81 per share for 2020, up 9.8% from this year.
The company also expects distributable cash flow per share of C$4.50 to C$4.80 for 2020, compared with the 2019 forecast of C$4.30 to C$4.60 per share.
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