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Infrastructure and project development

We understand the risk involved in complex projects. Our knowledgeable team has deep bench strength in project development and provides practical advice to clients to ensure project success.

When you partner with BD&P, you get a team that has experience with all aspects of domestic and international infrastructure projects. We will listen to your ideas, and collaborate with you to deliver creative, timely and commercially-sound solutions for your project.

Who we work with

We work with clients in diverse areas:  

  • Oil and gas production and processing facilities
  • Pipelines
  • LNG terminals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Power generation
  • Rail
  • Telecoms
  •  Supporting technology
  • Renewable power (wind, solar and hydro)
  • Alternative fuels (biofuels and hydrogen)

What we do

We can assist you at all stages of project development - from initial concept development through to permitting, financing, construction, commissioning, operation, decommissioning and dispute resolution – to move your project forward, including:

  • Ownership and joint venture arrangements
  • Operating agreements
  • Land acquisitions
  • Engineering, design and construction
  • Procurement of goods and services
  • Feedstock agreements
  • Marketing and sale arrangements
  • Facility interconnections
  • Transportation by pipeline, rail and truck
  • Consultation with Indigenous groups

The advantages of a cross-disciplinary team

Our team draws upon the experience of specialist lawyers from within the firm to provide seamless guidance to our clients. This includes on business structures, construction and commercial agreements, as well as:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment and labour
  • Indigenous
  • Intellectual property
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Construction
  • Project finance
  • Regulatory and environmental
  • Real estate
  • Tax

Did you know?

We have worked on some of Canada's largest mega-projects including LNG Canada, the CNRL Horizon Oil Sands Project, Hibernia, the Athabasca Oil Sands Project and the Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

Representative work

Sale of the of the 131 km Pioneer Pipeline by TransAlta Corporation

Counsel to TransAlta Corporation in connection with the sale by TransAlta and its partner, Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd., of the 131 km Pioneer Pipeline to NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of TC Energy Corporation, for a purchase price of $255 million.

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Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission in connection with the Keystone Expansion Project

Counsel to APMC regarding the Government of Alberta’s $1.5 billion equity investment in––and $6 billion loan guarantee in support of––the Keystone Expansion Project.

Commercial arrangements for a Dow Chemical Canada ULC cogeneration facility

Counsel to Dow Chemical Canada ULC in connection with the commercial arrangements pertaining to the cogeneration facility owned by TransAlta Cogeneration L.P and Prairie Boys Capital Corporation located on Dow's Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta site.

Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission crude by rail project

Counsel to the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission in connection with the Alberta Government's publicly announced 120,000 bbls/d, $3.7 billion crude by rail (CBR) initiative for the transportation of Alberta crude oil by rail car to markets in the U.S. and Canada.

Canadian Solar Inc.'s Alberta Infrastructure RFP submissions for three solar projects

Counsel to Canadian Solar in its submission of three solar projects under the Alberta Infrastructure RFP, achieving "Selected Proponent" status and being awarded a Solar Electricity Support Agreement with the Province of Alberta for all three projects.

Maxim Power Corp. converting an electric generation facility from coal to natural gas

Counsel to Maxim Power Corp., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Milner Power Limited Partnership, in the conversion of the H.R. Milner electric generation facility from coal to natural gas. We advised in connection with the on-going development and financing of a state-of-the-art 204MW natural gas-fired power plant near Grande Cache, Alberta, including the acquisition of a General Electric Frame 7 F-Class combustion turbine generator and certain related equipment from Kennecott Utah Copper LLC.

SemCAMS long-term arrangement for sour gas production

Counsel to SemCAMS in respect to its long-term agreement with the Canadian subsidiary of a large international oil and gas company to process sour gas production at its Wapiti Gas Plant. Key to this mandate was the execution of 10 year long-term take-or pay commitments for the NW Wapiti Pipeline, the Wapiti Gas Plant, the Wapiti Pipeline and the Simonette Pipeline.

TransAlta Corporation's development of a wind power project

Counsel to TransAlta Corporation in connection with the development of a 200 MW+ wind farm project following it having achieved “Selected Proponent” status under AESO’s REP Round 3 program.

Maxim Power Corp.'s sale of a proposed wind development project

Counsel to Maxim Power Corp. in the sale of the proposed 34.5 MW Buffalo Atlee wind development project to Capstone Power Development (B.C.) Corp.

ARC Resources Ltd.'s electrification of natural gas processing facilities

Counsel to ARC Resources Ltd. in the electrification of its natural gas processing facilities in the Montney region of British Columbia through the connection to the BC Hydro transmission system.

SemCAMS ULC's producer arrangements for condensate gathering and processing

Counsel to SemCAMS ULC in connection with the long-term producer arrangements for a $62 million product to construct condensate gathering and processing facilities at Kaybob.

VolkerWessels Canada Ltd. acquisition of a private construction and highway maintenance company

Counsel to VolkerWessels Canada Ltd. (Volker Stevin) in connection with its acquisition of a private construction and highway maintenance company, Lakes District Maintenance Ltd.

SemCAMS ULC's sour gas transportation arrangements

Counsel to SemCAMS ULC in connection with a 10 year extension of existing long-term sour gas transportation arrangements with an investment grade producer on SemCAMS' Northwest Wapiti, Wapiti and Simonette pipeline systems for gas processing at Kaybob South 3 (K3) Plant.

Encana Corporation's joint venture to develop Duvernay lands

Counsel to Encana Corporation (now Ovintiv Inc.) in the $2.18 billion acquisition by Phoenix Duvernay Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of PetroChina International Investment Company Limited, of a 49.9% interest in Encana's Duvernay natural gas play in West Central Alberta; at the same time, a joint venture was formed between Encana and Phoenix to develop the properties.

Acquiring and financing solar projects in Alberta

Counsel to a developer in connection with the acquisition and on-going project finance of five solar projects.

SemCAMS ULC's producer arrangements for sour gas processing plant

Counsel to SemCAMS ULC in connection with long-term producer arrangements for a new 200 mmcf/day sour gas processing plant at 25-67-07W6M.

Sale of power project assets

Counsel to Maxim Power Corp in connection with the sale of the Alberta Power Project assets to AltaGas Pipeline Partnership.

Shell Canada's proposed LNG project at Kitimat

Counsel to Shell Canada in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements between Shell Canada, Korea Oil and Gas Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and PetroChina Company Limited for the development of an LNG export terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia.

TransAlta Corporation's joint venture arrangements for a power plant development

Counsel to TransAlta Corporation in respect of negotiating and preparing joint venture arrangements for the development of new wind power plants.

Environmental and restoration matters arising from the construction of a transmission power line

Counsel to an Alberta-based power producer in connection with environmental remediation and restoration obligations arising out of the construction of a transmission power line in a National Park in conjunction with a pipeline project.

Development of an LNG export project

Counsel to a consortium of limited partners and shareholders on the strategic implications of the joint development agreement on their interests as partners/shareholders and as gas suppliers to the proposed LNG export project.

Renewable Energy program RFP response for a power developer

Counsel to a power developer in respect to the development of a wind power project and a bid in response to an Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program RFP.

US Development Group LLC's joint venture with Gibson Energy

Counsel to US Development Group LLC in its 50/50 joint venture with Gibson Energy to advance the financing, development and construction of a Diluent Recovery Unit in Hardisty, Alberta.

Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.'s energy asset sale and joint venture

Counsel to Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. in the $1.9 billion sale of 60% interest in McKay & Dover Oil Sands assets to PetroChina International Investment Company Limited and negotiated related joint venture.

Power company's bid to acquire Regional Power Inc.

Advising a power development company on its due diligence and bid to acquire Regional Power Inc., a corporate group with 106 MW of hydroelectric assets in BC and Ontario from ManuLife Financial Corporation.

Power development company's acquisition of green power

Advising a power development company on a limited partnership and contract for differences with a corporate investor that was interested in acquiring green power from an independent wind project as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

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