Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 50% ownership interest in Access Pipeline to Wolf Midstream Inc., a portfolio company of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, for CAD $1.4 billion, or USD $1.1 billion, using current exchange rates. The agreement also includes the potential for an incremental CAD $150 million (USD $120 million) payment with the sanctioning and development of a new thermal-oil project on Devon’s Pike lease in Alberta, Canada.
Under terms of the sale agreement, Devon’s thermal-oil acreage is dedicated to Access Pipeline for an initial term of 25 years. A market-based toll will be applied to production from the company’s three Jackfish projects, which are fully operational. As a result, Devon expects its lease operating expense at the Jackfish complex to increase by approximately USD $100 million on an annualized basis.
The agreement also includes the potential for the Access Pipeline toll to be reduced by as much as 30% with the development of new thermal-oil projects in the future. The company’s next potential project is the first phase of Pike, which is located immediately adjacent to the Jackfish complex. Devon is the operator of this joint venture leasehold with a 50% working interest. Front-end engineering and design work at the first phase of Pike is complete, but the project has not been sanctioned.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals along with customary terms and conditions. Closing is expected in the third quarter of 2016. Bennett Jones LLP acted as legal advisor to Devon.