Spectra Energy

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Spectra Energy Corporation
Traded as NYSESE
S&P 500 Component
Industry Oil & Gas Pipelines
Founded 2006
Headquarters Houston, Texas, USA
Key people
Gregory Ebel, President & CEO
Revenue Increase$5.351 billion USD (2011)[1]
Increase$1.763 billion USD (2011)[1]
Increase$1.184 billion USD (2011)[1]
Number of employees
5,700 (2011)[2]
Website www.spectraenergy.com

Spectra Energy Corp is a S&P 500 company headquartered in Houston, Texas, that operates in three key areas of the natural gas industry: transmission and storage, distribution, and gathering and processing. Spectra was formed in late 2006 from the spin-off from Duke Energy. Spectra owns the Texas Eastern Pipeline (TETCo), a major natural gas pipeline which brings gas from the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas to the New York City area. It is one of the largest pipeline systems in the United States.[3] Spectra also operates three oil pipelines.[4]


In 2002, Duke Energy acquired Westcoast Energy, a Canadian corporation, which owned Chatham, Ontario-based Union Gas, regulated under the 1998 Ontario Energy Board Act.

On December 29, 2006 Standard & Poor's added Spectra Energy Corp. to its S&P 500 Index, replacing Parametric Technology Corp. (NASDAQPMTC), a software company, which then moved to the S&P MidCap 400 list instead.[5] Spectra began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SE.

On January 3, 2007, Duke Energy completed the spin-off of its natural gas business, including Westcoast Energy and Union Gas, to form Spectra Energy. Duke Energy shareholders received 1 share of Spectra Energy for every 2 shares of Duke Energy.

By early August 2007, the S&P 500 breached its first 10% correction in over four years, and the shares of Spectra Energy Corp. sunk to their lowest point since trading had begun in December 2006, after the company announced that second quarter earnings had dropped 39 percent.[6]

In 2009, the company's financial performance had improved and had a total shareholder return of 38.3 percent.

In 2011, Spectra Energy achieved record net income and surpassed its earnings target by more than 7 percent. And, in 2011, the company increased its annual dividend to $1.12, representing a nearly 8 percent increase.[citation needed]

Environmental record[edit]

For 2010, Spectra Energy was listed in the Newsweek green rankings, with a ranking of 280 out of the 500 largest publicly traded corporations in America. The listing was based on environmental impacts, green policies, and a reputation survey.[7]

Despite of those high rankings, Spectra Energy's environmental record in not without incidents or government imposed penalties.[8] Since 2006, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reports twenty-five separate incidents at Spectra's Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline ranging from equipment failure to incorrect operations to pipe corrosion. Combined those incidents caused $12,036,495 in property damage, and the US federal government fined Spectra a total of $403,100 over that period.[9] The most recent incident for that pipeline occurred on May 31, 2015 when a piece of the pipeline in the Arkansas River near Little Rock, Arkansas ruptured.[10] Similarly the US federal government has imposed $154,700 in penalties since 2007 at Spectra's Algonquin Gas Transmission Pipeline for a single incident from 2010.[11] An incident in 2010 from Spectra's Southeast Supply Header Pipeline did $561,563 in property damage, which led to it being fined a total of $201,300 by the US federal government.[12]

Spectra Energy may be considered the single largest private-sector source of greenhouse gases in British Columbia.[13] Since it co-owned DCP Midstream Partner with ConocoPhillips, Spectra Energy was reported in 2005 to emit 19,746 tons of nitrogen oxides and 9,286 tons of volatile organic compounds per year.[14] As of August 2015, Canada's National Energy Board has fined Spectra's subsidiary Westcoast Energy a total of $122,300 for violations.[15]

Current natural gas pipelines[edit]

Proposed natural gas pipelines[edit]

Current oil pipelines[edit]

  • Express Pipeline, a pipeline running from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Casper, Wyoming.
  • Platte Pipeline, a pipeline running from Casper, Wyoming to Wood River, Illinois.
  • Sand Hills and Southern Hills Pipeline, a pipeline owned by DCP Midstream, Phillips 66, and Spectra Energy equally.


  1. ^ a b c http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=SE&annual
  2. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=SE
  3. ^ FERC pipeline codes
  4. ^ Spectra Energy (2015). "Spectra Energy Liquids". Spectra Energy. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Campoy, Anna. "S&P changes makeup of indexes". MarketWatch.com. 
  6. ^ Midday Leaders & Laggards: S&P 500, forbes.com, Associated Press, 08.06.07
  7. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/18/green-rankings-us-companies.html
  8. ^ Christensen, Dan. "Pipeline company with tie to Gov. Scott and state backing, has history of accidents". Miami Herald (Miami, FL). Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (2015). "TEXAS EASTERN TRANSMISSION LP, Main Operator Report". Department of Transportation. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Reed, Allen. "Pipeline in Arkansas River ruptures, releases natural gas". Seattle Times (Seattle, WA). Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (2015). "ALGONQUIN GAS TRANSMISSION CO, Main Operator Report". Department of Transportation. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (2015). "SOUTHEAST SUPPLY HEADER, LLC, Main Operator Report". Department of Transportation. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "From carbon steam to cash flow". Globe and Mail. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  14. ^ "Industry and Clean Air". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2008-05-18. [dead link]
  15. ^ National Energy Board (2015). "Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 

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