Federal move to buy oil pipeline reflects global trend

A report from the International Energy Agency suggests that Canada's $4.5 billion Trans Mountain purchase may be more typical than critics of the deal have maintained.

State-backed investments are accounting for a rising share of global energy investment, as state-owned enterprises have remained more resilient in oil and gas and thermal power compared with the private sector, according to the World Energy Investment 2018 report from the IEA:


When Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau announced the Trans Mountain deal in May, he said the project is in the national interest, and proceeding with it will preserve jobs, reassure investors and get resources to world markets.

The share of global energy investment driven by state-owned enterprises increased over the past five years to over 40 percent in 2017. Public sources, such as state-owned enterprises (SOEs), accounted for 42% of the capital invested in energy projects in 2017, flat from 2016. 

Download the IEA report here.


Workers construct the Anchor Loop section of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Jasper National Park in a 2009 file photo. Kinder Morgan Canada/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

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