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Enbridge to buy Spectra Energy

Deal worth $37 billion
Spectra's Pine River Gas plant located near Chetwynd.

Enbridge Inc. has finalized an agreement to purchase Spectra Energy Corp in a $37-billion deal that will create North America’s biggest energy infrastructure company. 

The value of the combined entity is pegged at $165-billion.

The Globe and Mail reports the head office will be located in Calgary and current Enbridge president and chief executive officer Al Monaco will become the president and CEO of the new company.

In a release, Enbridge said it will use each company's "complementary and diversified asset base to increase customer service offerings.” It added that the acquisition will enhance its ability to pursue new projects, strengthen its balance sheet and provide an industry-leading return on investment.

The deal was announced in a Tuesday morning conference call to Spectra shareholders. Enbridge shareholders will own 57 per cent of the new company. Spectra shareholders will retain 43 per cent. Combined revenue of the two is estimated at $40 billion, with earnings before interest and taxes of $5.8 billion.

Spectra has several pipelines and properties in Northeast B.C., including the Pine River Gas plant, which was closed since flooding struck the region in June.  It resumed partial operations Aug. 9. It's expected to return processing gas to its full capacity in December.  At the time of the shut down, it was producing 245 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.