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Kinder Morgan to proceed Trans Mountain IPO, despite BC Green-NDP deal

Intended to raise $1.75 billion to help fund the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion.

May 30, 2017   by Ian Bickis

CALGARY — Kinder Morgan says it expects to proceed Tuesday with its initial public offering for the Trans Mountain expansion, just as the anti-pipeline Greens and NDP in BC announced they have come to an agreement that could cast the project’s future into doubt.

Dave Conover, a spokesman for the Houston-based energy company, said in an email that the share listing will go ahead on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Conover’s confirmation came shortly after the leaders of the BC Greens and NDP said they came to a deal that could see the formation of a minority NDP government in the province.

Both parties have voiced their opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion, which would see the capacity of a pipeline running from Edmonton to Burnaby, BC, nearly triple its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.

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In a press conference, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said he’s been heavily invested in the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue, and that it was an important part of negotiating terms with the NDP.

“This issue of Kinder Morgan was one that was critical to us and I think you’ll see that reflected in tomorrow’s announcement,” said Weaver.

The IPO is intended to raise $1.75 billion to help fund the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion.

Kinder Morgan has put up 102.9 million shares on offer at $17 each – down from $19 to $21 it had initially sought – which will leave it with control of about 70% of the Canadian entity.

The offering would be the largest on the Toronto Stock Exchange since Hydro One’s $1.83-billion listing in 2015, with only insurers Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial having bigger debuts.

The listing, set to trade under the symbol KML, comes as opponents ramped up their campaign against the Trans Mountain expansion.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation sent out warnings to potential investors about the legal risks the project faces, while Stand.earth challenged the accuracy of the IPO documents and the Wilderness Committee launched a website to track construction of and protests against the pipeline.

Greenpeace, which earlier made its own challenge of Kinder Morgan’s IPO filing, said in a statement Monday that the BC Green-NDP co-operation is an unprecedented opportunity to stop Kinder Morgan’s expansion project.