Spectra, Enbridge Shareholders Approve $28B Merger

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In September MDN told you about the proposed deal by Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. to buy out pipeline operator Spectra Energy (based in Houston) in an all-stock deal (see Canadian Enbridge Buying US Spectra Energy for $28B). Spectra has a number of critical pipeline infrastructure projects under way or planned in the Marcellus/Utica region, including the planned Access Northeast pipeline to New England, the mighty NEXUS pipeline planned to span Ohio, the currently under construction Algonquin Incremental Marketing (AIM) pipeline project, and three projects (Access South, Adair Southwest and Lebanon Express) under way to expand one of the largest natural gas pipelines in the U.S. (and in the northeast)–the Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipeline. This is a big deal for our region. Last week the shareholders of both companies voted to approve the proposed buyout/merger. Provided everything goes according to plan, the marriage will take place in 1Q17…

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