Pipeline Operator TC Energy Beats Profit Estimates as Demand Boost Offsets Oil Spill Costs

(Reuters) — TC Energy Corp. beat market estimates for fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday as sustained demand for energy helped the North American pipeline operator soften a C$650 million ($488 million) cost hit from an oil spill at its Keystone pipeline in Kansas.

The company also recorded a C$3 billion ($2.25 billion) impairment on its equity investment in Coastal GasLink LP due to cost overruns.

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Demand for oil and gas surged following Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year as sanctions against Moscow left Europe scrambling to find alternate supplies and fortify its long-term energy security.

"We expect this positive momentum to continue into 2023 despite macroeconomic challenges, with 2023 comparable EBITDA expected to be 5%-7% higher than 2022," CEO François Poirier said in a statement.

The Calgary-based company reported comparable earnings of C$1.11 per share for the three months ended Dec. 31, while analysts on average had expected earnings of C$1.10 per share, according to Refinitiv data.

TC Energy, however, reported a loss of C$2.6 billion for its Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines segment due to impairment charges and the costs accrued over a 12,937-barrel oil spill at its Keystone Pipeline in rural Kansas.

Earlier this month, the company had hiked cost estimates for its 670-km (416-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline project by 30%.

The project will transport natural gas to the Shell Plc-led SHEL.L LNG Canada facility on the west coast of British Columbia — Canada's first liquefied natural gas export terminal.

($1 = 1.3322 Canadian dollars)

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