SaskEnergy First Quarter Report - June 30, 2017

Revaluation of Natural Gas in Storage

SaskEnergy Incorporated First Quarter Report At each reporting period, the Corporation measures the net realizable value of gas marketing natural gas in storage based on forward market prices and anticipated delivery dates. The carrying amount of natural gas in storage is adjusted to reflect the lower of weighted average cost and net realizable value. In recent years, low natural gas prices have translated to reduced prices on the forward price curve. As much of the natural gas in storage is held to meet future sales contracts, it is not unusual to see net realizable value adjustments on gas in storage offset the impact of fair value changes. The declining market price environment in the first quarter provided an opportunity for the Corporation to purchase lower priced natural gas and inject it into storage, which reduced the average cost of gas in storage. When natural gas market prices decreased throughout June 2017, the $21 million unfavourable net realizable value impact at the end of March 2017 increased by $4 million to $25 million at June 30, 2017. March 31, 2011


Three months ended June 30



2016 Change

Delivery revenue


46 34


42 32


4 2

Transportation and storage revenue Customer capital contributions

2 2

2 2

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Other revenue







Delivery Revenue


Delivery Revenue is driven by the number of customers and the amount of natural gas customers consume. As residential and commercial customers consume natural gas primarily as heating fuel, weather is the factor that most affects delivery revenue. Delivery revenue was $46 million for the three months ending June 2017, $4 million higher than the same period in 2016. An 8.6 per cent rate increase effective November 1, 2016 contributed to the higher revenues. The rate increases were the result of increasing operating costs related to expanding natural gas infrastructure and increasing focus on safety and integrity programs that address the aging infrastructure and increasing regulatory requirements.



YTD 2017-18 - 3% warmer than normal

YTD 2016-17 - 17% warmer than normal






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Transportation and Storage Revenue

2017-18 Actual

2016-17 Actual

2017-18 Budget

The Corporation generates transportation revenue by taking delivery of gas from customers at various receipt points in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and delivering natural gas to customers at various delivery points in the Province. The transportation toll structure consists of a receipt service charge that customers pay when they put gas onto the pipeline transportation system, and a delivery service charge, which customers pay when they take delivery off of the pipeline transportation system. Gas delivered to the system by customers is considered to be part of the TransGas Energy Pool (a notional point where producers, marketers and end-users can match supplies to demand) until it is delivered to the end-use customer. For receipt and delivery services, the Corporation offers both firm and interruptible transportation. Under a firm service contract, the customer has a right to deliver or receive a specified quantity of gas on each day of the contract. With a firm contract, customers pay for the amount of capacity they have contracted for whether they use it or not. Under an interruptible contract, customers may deliver or receive gas only when there is available capacity on the system and pay receipt and delivery tolls when they deliver or receive gas. Transportation and storage revenue was $34 million for the three months ending June 30, 2017, $2 million higher than the same period in 2016. Industrial customer and power generation related load growth continues to increase demand for natural gas within the province and is driving higher transportation revenue.

Customer Capital Contributions

The Corporation receives capital contributions from customers to partially offset the cost of constructing facilities to connect them to the transmission and distribution systems. Generally, contributions related to transmission system projects tend to be



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