UPDATE 3-Enbridge sees hit from delay in start of Line 9 pipeline

Thu Nov 5, 2015 12:12pm EST
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(Recasts with new lead, CEO comments on offshore wind investment)

By Mike De Souza

CALGARY Nov 5 (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline company, said on Thursday it was moving into offshore wind development as part of a broader shift in the coming decades away from carbon-intensive energy.

Enbridge President and Chief Executive Officer Al Monaco made the comments after the company said a delay in starting up a pipeline to transport crude from Ontario to Quebec will hurt its adjusted earnings for the year.

The Calgary-based company's stock was down about 2 percent in early morning trading.

Enbridge, which has faced opposition to pipeline projects from environmental groups seeking to block fossil fuel expansion, said the new investment of C$750 million ($570.04 million) would give it a 24.9 per cent interest in the Rampion Offshore Wind Project in the UK, under construction by a subsidiary of E.ON SE.

After investing over C$4 billion in renewable power generation projects over the past decade, Monaco said Enbridge thought it was prudent to work with an established partner for its first investment in offshore wind.

Enbridge's earnings in the coming decades would continue to be driven by its oil and gas transportation, he added.

"We'd all agree that if you look to the future, we're going to see a lower carbon intensity in our economy," Monaco said. "The other part of the equation though, for us, fundamentally, is these investments, need to generate good risk-adjusted returns."   Continued...