Canadian pension fund OMERS has agreed to acquire a stake of 50% in the BridgeTex pipeline, a crude oil pipeline system in Texas, for $1.438bn from its joint owners Plains All American Pipeline and Magellan Midstream Partners.


Image: Plains, Magellan to sell 50% stake in BridgeTex pipeline to OMERS. Photo: courtesy of renjith krishnan/

The BridgeTex pipeline delivers 400,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) of Permian Basin crude oil from Midland and Colorado City to the Houston Gulf Coast area, with additional connectivity for shippers in the Texas City area.

While Plains will sell 30% of its stake in the crude oil pipeline, Magellan will sell a stake of 20% to OMERS. Each of the sellers will receive a proportionate share of the total purchase price.

Plains chief operating officer Willie Chiang and Magellan CEO Michael Mears said: “OMERS investment adds another long-term oriented owner to our joint venture.

“Furthermore, this transaction provides both Plains and Magellan proceeds to fund additional growth projects while allowing us to maintain a meaningful position in BridgeTex, which is strongly aligned with investments owned by both Plains and Magellan along the crude oil value chain.”

The deal, which will be subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is likely to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

OMERS Infrastructure Americas senior managing director Michael Ryder said: “We’re excited to enter into this joint venture with Plains All American and Magellan, consistent with our strategy to build long-term investment partnerships with leading corporations.

“The addition of BridgeTex marks our re-entry into the U.S. midstream sector and is a welcome addition to our high-quality infrastructure portfolio.”

Prior to the transaction with the Canadian entity, the BridgeTex pipeline was owned equally by Plains and Magellan.

Plains bought its stake of 50% in BridgeTex Pipeline Company, the holding company of the pipeline, in 2014, from Occidental Petroleum for $1.075bn.

Last year, it was announced that BridgeTex will expand the pipeline system to achieve a new capacity of around 440,000 bpd. The additional 40,000bpd of capacity is slated to be operational in early 2019.