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Enbridge announces sale of US midstream businesses

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Enbridge Inc. announced yesterday that its indirect subsidiary, Enbridge (US) Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Midcoast Operating, LP and its subsidiaries (Midcoast), which conducts the company's US natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) gathering, processing, transportation and marketing businesses, serving established basins in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, to AL Midcoast Holdings, LLC (an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC) for a cash purchase price of US$1.120 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments.

The transaction is expected to close in 3Q18, subject to receipt of customary regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

"The sale of Midcoast is an important step in our shift towards a pure regulated pipeline and utility model, and positions us well to achieve our goal of selling CAN$3 billion in non-core assets in 2018," said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge.

"This transaction includes our 100% owned gathering and processing assets in Texas and Oklahoma. Proceeds from the sale will be used to accelerate the strengthening of our balance sheet and enhance the financial flexibility to fund our industry leading CAN$22 billion secured growth programme."

The Midcoast businesses include (i) natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transportation, and NGL transportation, assets located in the East Texas, Western Anadarko, and Barnett shale plays and consist of approximately 11 200 miles of natural gas gathering and transportation pipelines, 2075 million ft3/d of natural gas processing capacity, and 1330 million ft3/d of treating capacity, (ii) a NGL logistics and marketing business (including ELTM, L.P. and Enbridge Marketing (US) LP), and (iii) a 35% interest in Texas Express Pipeline, consisting of a 594 mile, 20 in. NGL pipeline, and a 35% interest in Texas Express Gathering, consisting of 115 miles of NGL pipelines and other NGL infrastructure comprising the Company's Texas Express NGL pipeline system.

"I'd like to thank our colleagues at Midcoast who have done an exceptional job running the business safely and reliably day-in and day-out. This sale places great people and great assets in a strong position for future growth," added Mr. Monaco.

AL Midcoast intends to maintain Midcoast's workforce and anticipates that they will join AL Midcoast upon transaction close. AL Midcoast intends to retain a Houston presence.

Enbridge will work with AL Midcoast to ensure a safe transition of Midcoast's operations.

Citi acted as financial advisor and Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP acted as legal advisor to Enbridge on the transaction.

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