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New Study Projects Energy East Will Boost Economy Across Canada


New Study Projects Energy East Will Boost Economy Across Canada

Deloitte report estimates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic growth to be generated along West-East oil pipeline path

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/10/13 --

(ii)Editor's note: Conference call for reporters today at 6 a.m. (MDT) / 9 a.m. (ADT). Details below.

TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today released the results of a report by Deloitte & Touche LLP (Deloitte) that examines the jobs and economic benefits associated with the company's $12-billion Energy East Pipeline project. The report commissioned by TransCanada highlights that Energy East will deliver significant economic benefit to the entire country, with all six provinces along the pipeline's route projected to see job creation, economic growth and increased tax revenues related to the proposed pipeline's construction and operation for decades to come.

The analysis conducted by Deloitte estimates that Energy East will generate $35 billion in additional gross domestic product (GDP) for Canada during six years of development and construction, and over 40 years of operation. The report also estimates more than 10,000 full-time jobs will be directly supported during development and construction of the pipeline between 2013 and 2018 and another 1,000 full-time jobs will be directly supported by the pipeline once it begins service. Deloitte also found that Energy East will generate an additional $10 billion in tax revenues for all levels of government over the life of the project. Deloitte's projections were generated using Statistics Canada's Input/Output model, which measures direct, indirect and induced economic effects of large industrial projects and activities in Canada.

"Energy East is a critical infrastructure project for all Canadians because it will enhance our country's energy security, allow us to receive greater value for our important natural resources and will create tangible economic benefits for communities across the country," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer. "This pipeline is an excellent example of how Canada's oil and gas sector is truly a national industry that generates thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in economic benefits and billions more in tax revenues. Energy East will create business opportunities and economic spin-offs that ripple across virtually all areas of the economy and support the livelihoods of millions of Canadians."

Highlights of Deloitte's analysis of the economic benefits of the Energy East Pipeline project include:

GDP growth

Energy East will generate an estimated $10 billion in additional GDP for the Canadian economy during the six-year development and construction phase and $25.3 billion during the 40-year operations phase examined in the study (regular maintenance is expected to extend the operating life of the pipeline beyond 40 years).

Job creation

The six-year development and construction phase of the project will generate an estimated 10,000 direct full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across the country, 2,300 during the development period (2013-2015) and 7,700 during the construction period (2016-2018). The 40-year operations phase is expected to sustain 1,000 full-time jobs across Canada directly related to the pipeline's operation. Thousands of indirect and induced jobs are also expected to be generated by the project in all provinces along the route.

Approximately half of the jobs created in the development and construction phase will be in the construction, engineering, architectural and oil & gas support services industries, while approximately half of the jobs in the operations phase will be in the oil and natural gas pipelines and power generation and transmission industries.

Tax revenues

The development and construction phase is expected to generate an additional $3 billion in tax revenues for municipal, provincial and federal governments across Canada. The operations phase will result in $7.2 billion in added tax revenues.

(See attached Backgrounder for break-down by province.)

TransCanada announced the results of the open season for the Energy East Pipeline project on August 1, confirming that it will move forward with a 1.1 million barrel per day (bbl/d) pipeline based on binding, long-term contracts from producers and refiners to ship approximately 900,000 bbl/d of crude oil from Western Canada to Eastern Canadian refineries and export terminals.

Eastern Canadian refineries currently import more than 700,000 bbl/d, or 86 per cent of their daily needs, from more expensive overseas sources including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela and Algeria. Oil from Energy East will potentially replace this foreign oil with a more reliable domestic supply from Western Canada. Supplying refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick with Canadian oil also supports the hundreds of jobs and related positive economic impacts these facilities provide in local communities.

The project involves converting a portion of natural gas pipeline capacity in approximately 3,000 kilometres (1,864 miles) of TransCanada's existing Canadian Mainline to crude oil service and constructing approximately 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) of new pipeline. The pipeline will transport crude oil from receipt points in Alberta and Saskatchewan to delivery points in Montreal, the Quebec City region and Saint John, New Brunswick, greatly enhancing producer access to Eastern Canadian and international markets. The pipeline will access a marine terminal in Quebec and a terminal at Canaport in Saint John, New Brunswick where TransCanada and Irving Oil have formed a joint venture to build, own and operate a new deep-water marine terminal.

TransCanada has been out in the field collecting data and engaging with Aboriginal and stakeholder groups for the past several months as part of its initial design and planning work for the project and expects to proceed with the necessary regulatory applications for approvals to construct and operate the pipeline project and terminal facilities in early 2014. Energy East is anticipated to be in service by late-2017 for deliveries in Quebec and 2018 for deliveries to New Brunswick.

"Gathering input and answering questions people have about Energy East is a fundamental first step in our project development process," Girling said. "We are holding dozens of public open houses and meetings with landowners, community groups and government leaders across the country to find out how we can make Energy East the safest, most environmentally responsible pipeline possible, and maximize the benefits it will bring to all stakeholders."

While Energy East will use a portion of the Canadian Mainline's underutilized natural gas capacity, TransCanada is committed to continuing to meet the contracted needs of all of its gas customers.

For more information about the Energy East Pipeline project and to download the full Deloitte report, visit the project websites at: www.energyeastpipeline.com or www.oleoducenergieest.com.

With more than 60 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: www.transcanada.com or check us out on Twitter @TransCanada or http://blog.transcanada.com.

Conference Call

TransCanada's President and CEO Russ Girling, President of Energy and Oil Pipelines Alex Pourbaix, President of the Energy East Pipeline project Steve Pohlod and representatives from Deloitte will host a conference call this morning from New Brunswick and Montreal to discuss and answer questions from the media about Deloitte's analysis of the economic benefits of the Energy East project in English and French. TransCanada spokespeople will be available directly afterward in Montreal and Calgary for follow-up interviews.


 
Date:     Tuesday, September 10, 2013                                       
                                                                            
Time:     6 a.m. (MDT) / 9 a.m. (ADT)                                       
                                                                            
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          The conference call will be available for replay until October 10 
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FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

This publication contains certain information that is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties (such statements are usually accompanied by words such as "anticipate", "expect", "would", "will" or other similar words). Forward-looking statements in this document are intended to provide TransCanada security holders and potential investors with information regarding TransCanada and its subsidiaries, including management's assessment of TransCanada's and its subsidiaries' future financial and operation plans and outlook. All forward-looking statements reflect TransCanada's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the statements were made. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. TransCanada undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information except as required by law. For additional information on the assumptions made, and the risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from the anticipated results, refer to TransCanada's Quarterly Report to Shareholders dated July 26, 2013 and 2012 Annual Report filed under TransCanada's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov and available on TransCanada's website at www.transcanada.com.

Backgrounder

Economic Analysis of Energy East Pipeline Project

TransCanada commissioned Deloitte & Touche LLP to conduct an economic analysis of the proposed $12-billion Energy East Pipeline project to determine the jobs and other economic benefits the project will create for the entire country. Deloitte used Statistics Canada's Input/Output model to estimate the impacts on gross domestic product (GDP), tax revenues and job creation in all provinces and territories across Canada. The Input/Output model measures direct, indirect and induced economic effects of large infrastructure projects in Canada. Direct impacts are those that involve the directly-affected industry under study. Indirect impacts are those created in industries directly tied to the pipeline project, such as suppliers and equipment manufacturers. Induced impacts reflect economic activity resulting from direct and indirect effects of the project, such as consumer spending due to increased household incomes.

Deloitte's findings for the Energy East Pipeline project are summarized as follows:

GDP growth

Energy East will generate an estimated $10 billion in additional GDP for the Canadian economy during the six-year development and construction phase (2013-2018) and $25.3 billion during the 40-year operations phase (although regular maintenance is expected to extend the life of the pipeline beyond 40 years).

GDP impact of project by province (2013 $Millions)


 
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                       Development &                                        
                  Construction Phase    Operations Phase                    
                           (6 years)          (40 years)            Combined
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Ontario                        2,694              10,335              13,029
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Alberta                        1,742               6,128               7,870
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Quebec                         3,114               3,236               6,350
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New Brunswick                  1,170               1,629               2,799
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Saskatchewan                     577               1,980               2,557
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Manitoba                         361               1,446               1,807
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British Columbia                 244                 396                 640
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Others                           144                 147                 291
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Total                         10,046              25,297              35,343
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Job creation

The six-year development and construction phase of the project will generate an estimated 10,000 direct full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across the country, 2,300 during the development period (2013-2015) and 7,700 during the construction period (2016-2018). The 40-year operations phase is expected to sustain 1,000 full-time jobs across Canada directly related to the pipeline's operation. Thousands of indirect and induced jobs are also expected to be generated by the project in all provinces along the route.

Approximately half (48 per cent) of the jobs created in the development and construction phase will be in the construction, engineering, architectural and oil & gas support services industries, while approximately half (49 per cent) of the jobs in the operations phase will be in the oil and natural gas pipelines and power generation and transmission industries. Job estimates were calculated for direct, indirect and induced jobs related to a wide range of products and services required for the project, including trucking, banking, automotive supplies, restaurants and food services, pipe and equipment manufacturing, mechanical repairs, management, scientific and technical consulting, clothing suppliers and hotels.

FTE job creation per year, by province, development and construction phase


 
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                     Development Phase              Construction Phase      
                          (3 years)                     (3 years)           
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                Direct Indirect Induced Total Direct Indirect Induced  Total
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Quebec             837      878     502 2,217  2,764    2,899   1,656  7,319
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Ontario            528      854     500 1,882  1,743    2,819   1,652  6,214
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Alberta            382      510     241 1,133  1,260    1,684     796  3,740
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New Brunswick      332      407     129   868  1,095    1,344     427  2,866
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Saskatchewan       159      215      76   450    524      711     250  1,485
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Manitoba           104       97      52   253    343      320     170    833
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British                                                                     
 Columbia            0      116      88   204      0      383     290    673
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Other                0       75      36   111      0      247     121    368
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Total            2,342    3,152   1,624 7,118  7,729   10,407   5,362 23,498
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FTE job creation per year, by province, operations phase


 
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                                            Operations Phase                
                                               (40 years)                   
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                                  Direct    Indirect     Induced       Total
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Ontario                              181       1,086         539       1,806
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Alberta                              418         200         261         879
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Quebec                               203         162         172         537
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New Brunswick                        121         205          59         385
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Manitoba                              70         126          69         265
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Saskatchewan                          94          97          56         247
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British Columbia                       0          37          63         100
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Others                                 0          15          18          33
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Total                              1,087       1,928       1,237       4,252
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Tax revenues

The development and construction phase is expected to generate an additional $3 billion in tax revenues for municipal, provincial and federal governments. The operations phase will result in $7.2 billion in added tax revenues.

Total government tax revenue, by province (2013 $M)


 
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                       Development &                                        
                  Construction Phase    Operations Phase                    
                           (6 years)          (40 years)            Combined
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Ontario                          798               2,864               3,662
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Alberta                          463               1,734               2,197
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Quebec                         1,089                 936               2,025
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Saskatchewan                     194                 627                 821
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New Brunswick                    266                 428                 694
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Manitoba                         111                 505                 616
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British Columbia                  59                  82                 141
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Others                            34                  29                  63
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Total                          3,014               7,204              10,218
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Contacts: TransCanada Media Enquiries: Shawn Howard/Grady Semmens/Philippe Cannon (Montréal) 403.920.7859 or 800.608.7859

TransCanada Investor & Analyst Enquiries: David Moneta/Lee Evans 403.920.7911 or 800.361.6522

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