CALGARY, July 29 /CNW/ - Enterra Energy Trust ("Enterra" or the "Trust") has a potential financial exposure of up to $10 million primarily from oil and gas sales to subsidiaries of SemGroup L.P. ("SemGroup") in Canada and the U.S. during the months of June and July 2008. A financial instrument held in Canada with SemGroup offsets a substantial portion of this exposure.
On July 22, 2008, certain of the U.S. subsidiaries of SemGroup filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code ("Chapter 11") and two Canadian SemGroup subsidiaries filed for creditor protection under the Canadian Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA"). In Oklahoma, Enterra sells roughly 900 barrels of oil equivalent per day to SemGroup and in Canada the Trust sells approximately 1,000 barrels per day of crude to SemGroup. In addition, Enterra participates in a joint venture crude oil blending facility in Canada with SemGroup.
Enterra is currently working with SemGroup to ensure that the Trust's exposure is minimized. While the amounts owed by SemGroup to the Trust are held in abeyance during the court-supervised restructuring processes, Enterra is reasonably confident of the recovery of most, if not all, the amounts owing to it from SemGroup. Similarly, the Trust believes its go-forward business with SemGroup is established on terms that are in the normal course. The delayed receipt and even the possible loss of funds owed to Enterra at July 22, 2008 while unsatisfactory, does not threaten the financial viability of the Trust or any of its individual businesses.
In the U.S., Enterra believes that its production for much of the period in question will be a high priority debt as SemGroup reorganizes. Further, Enterra's Oklahoma subsidiary has applied for status under SemGroup's court approved Critical Supplier Protection Program which is intended to keep whole suppliers who continue to sell product to SemGroup over the next six months, and may include full and immediate payment for products shipped before the Chapter 11 filing.
In Canada, Enterra has agreed with SemGroup that while SemGroup is operating under CCAA protection, Enterra will continue to ship product and operate the joint blending facility on the basis of pre-payment for such production and operations. On Monday, July 28, 2008, Enterra received payment for production and operations for the period of July 22 through August 25, 2008.
Enterra will provide further significant information regarding this matter as it becomes available.
About Enterra Energy Trust
Enterra Energy Trust (TSX:ENT.UN) (NYSE: ENT) is an exploration and production oil and gas trust based in Calgary, Alberta. The Trust acquires, operates and exploits petroleum and natural gas assets principally in western Canada and in Oklahoma, U.S.A.
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