Enbridge gets NEB approval for Bakken crude pipeline

Enbridge Bakken Pipeline Co. Inc. was granted approval from Canada’s National Energy Board for its Bakken Pipeline project’s Canada application, which outlines the construction and operation of a 123.4-km pipeline and a new pump station that will transport crude oil from Steelman, Sask., to Enterprise Pipeline Inc.’s Mainline in Cromer, Man. The project will link Bakken and Three Forks crude production to Eastern Canadian and US Midwest markets.

Enbridge Bakken expects the Bakken Pipeline to enter service in early 2013 at a cost of $180.1 million.

NEB also gave Enbridge Bakken approval to acquire and operate Line EX-02, currently owned by Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP in December announced plans to expand its Berthold rail terminal capacity in the North Dakota portion of the Bakken formation by 80,000 b/d, including a rail car loading facility to accommodate the additional volume (OGJ Online, Dec. 7, 2011).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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