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Pipeline Profiles: Emera Brunswick

Pipeline system

Section updated June 2019

Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd. (Emera) owns the Emera Brunswick Pipeline. The pipeline transports re-gasified natural gas from the Canaport liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal near Saint John, New Brunswick to markets in Maritimes Canada and the northeastern United States (via the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline).

Emera Brunswick Pipeline has one major export point near St. Stephen, New Brunswick where it interconnects with the U.S. segment of the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline at the Canada-U.S. border.

NEB import and export statistics on the Emera Brunswick Pipeline are recorded at Brunswick.

The Emera Brunswick pipeline commenced operations in July 2009. At the end of 2017, NEB-regulated assets include 143 km of pipeline and various auxiliary infrastructure. Capacity of the Emera Brunswick Pipeline is approximately 23.2 million cubic metres per day (820 million cubic feet per day).

Official NEB documents related to the construction, operation and maintenance of the Emera Brunswick Pipeline can be found here: Emera Brunswick Pipeline regulatory (facilities) [Folder 408788].

You can see the Emera Brunswick pipeline and all NEB-regulated pipelines on the Board’s Interactive Pipeline Map. The map shows more detailed location information, the products carried by each pipeline, the operating status and more. You can also view a map of the pipeline on Emera New Brunswick’s website.

Emera Brunswick pipeline system map

Source: NEB

Text version of this map

This map provides an overview of the Emera Brunswick pipeline.

Throughput and capacity

Section updated June 2019

Note: The physical capacity of a pipeline is based on many factors such as the direction of flow, ambient temperature, pipeline compression, and maintenance work or other pressure restrictions. The operational capacity at each key point may also reflect contracts for transportation service, and supply and demand across the system. The actual physical capacity of the pipeline may, at times, be higher than the assumed operational capacity stated here.

Open data can be freely used and shared by anyone for any purpose. The data for these graphs are available from the NEB’s Commodity Tracking System (select Gas – monthly summary by Port – Volumes, key point Brunswick).

Tolls

Section updated April 2018

A toll is the price charged by a pipeline company for transportation and other services. Tolls allow pipeline companies to safely operate and maintain pipelines. Tolls also provide funds for companies to recover capital (the money used to build the pipeline), pay debts, and provide a return to investors.

Approximately 19.3 million cubic metres per day (680 million cubic feet per day) of capacity on the Emera Brunswick Pipeline is contracted under a 25 year firm service agreement with Repsol Energy Canada that expires in 2034. Tolls were constant from mid-2009 to mid-2014 at US$0.206 per MMBtu. In July 2014, tolls increased to US$0.216 per MMBtu. Tolls will remain at this rate until mid-2024.

Open data can be freely used and shared by anyone for any purpose. The data for these graphs are available.

Emera is subject to Group 2 financial regulation and tolls on the Emera Brunswick Pipeline are regulated by the NEB on a complaint basis.

Official NEB documents related to the traffic, tolls and tariffs for the Emera Brunswick Pipeline are available here: Emera Brunswick Pipeline regulatory documents (tolls and tariffs) [Folder 614490].

Abandonment funding

Section updated June 2019

The NEB requires all pipelines to set aside funds to safely cease operation of a pipeline at the end of its useful life. In 2011, Emera estimated it would cost $11.1 million to do this for the Emera Brunswick Pipeline. These funds will be collected over 19.5 years and are being set aside in a trust.

Table 1: Emera Brunswick’s abandonment trust fund balance
  2015 2016 2017 2018
Trust fund balance ($) 714 000 1 530 000 2 410 000 3 100 000

Official NEB documents related to abandonment funding can be found here, sorted by year and by company: abandonment funding documents [Folder 3300366].

Pipeline financial information

Section updated June 2019

Pipeline companies report important financial information to the NEB quarterly or annually. A solid financial position enables companies to maintain their pipeline systems, attract capital to build new infrastructure, and meet the market’s evolving needs. The data in this table comes from Emera Brunswick Pipeline’s annually submitted Audited Financial Statements [Folder 614338]. Assets increased in 2014 and 2017 due to Emera’s acquisition of preferred shares from a related party, EBP Assist (2014) Inc.

Table 2: Emera Brunswick Pipeline Financial Information
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Revenues (million $) 50.3 49.7 48.8 52.1 48.1 51.0 56.4
Net income (million $) 20.0 21.7 22.2 28.3 28.5 31.7 39.4
Assets (million $) 563.2 570.1 820.6 822.4 829.5 1 231.2 1 232.4

Corporate financial information

Section updated June 2019

Emera is a subsidiary of Emera Inc. Emera Inc. is an energy and services company which invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and utility energy services. Emera Inc. has operations in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. It is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Credit ratings and financial ratios provide an assessment of the financial strength of a company, including its ability to attract capital to build new infrastructure and meet financial obligations. The credit ratings below are expert opinions of how likely the debt issuer is to live up to its obligations.

Table 3: Emera Inc. credit ratings
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
DBRS credit rating BBB (high) BBB (high) BBB (high) BBB (high) BBB (high) discontinued
Moody's credit rating Baa3 Baa3 Baa3
S&P credit rating BBB+ BBB+ BBB+ BBB+ BBB+ BBB+ BBB+

Condition Compliance

Section updated September 2018

Every pipeline company in Canada must meet federal, provincial or territorial, and local requirements. This includes Acts, Regulations, rules, bylaws, and zoning restrictions. Pipelines are also bound by technical, safety, and environmental standards along with company rules, protocols and management systems. In addition to these requirements, the Board may add conditions to regulatory instruments that each company must meet. Condition compliance is monitored by the Board and enforcement action is taken when required. For a detailed list of conditions that different pipelines must meet, and their status, please see the condition compliance table.

Safety Performance

Section updated June 2019

The Board holds the companies it regulates accountable to protect the safety of Canadians and the environment. As part of this accountability, companies must report to the NEB events such as incidents and unauthorized third-party activities that happen without the pipeline company’s written consent. For a summary of pipeline incidents and unauthorized activities on the Emera Brunswick since 2008, visit the Safety performance dashboard and select “Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd.”

Emergency Management

Section updated June 2019

The NEB checks to make sure companies are keeping pipelines safe by doing inspections, in-depth safety audits, and other activities. Yet, even with these precautions, an emergency could still happen. Sound emergency management practices improve public safety and environmental protection outcomes, and provide for more effective emergency response.

The NEB holds its regulated companies responsible for anticipating, preventing, mitigating, and managing incidents of any size or duration. Each company must have an emergency management program that includes detailed emergency procedures manuals to guide its response in an emergency situation. We oversee the emergency management program of a regulated company’s projects as long as they operate.

The Board requires companies to publish information on their emergency management program and their emergency procedures manuals on their websites so Canadians can access emergency management information. To view Emera Brunswick’s Emergency Response Plan, go to their Emergency Planning website.

 

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