Damaged Illinois pipeline replaced, Enbridge to restart Line 6A Friday

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE:EEP) has completed the repairs to the Line 6A crude oil pipeline in Romeoville, Illinois, and is scheduled to put the pipeline back into service on Friday, Sept. 17.

On Sept. 9, a leak was discovered on the Enbridge-operated Line 6A crude oil transport line near Chicago. The company immediately shut-down the pipeline and dispatched clean-up crews to vacuum the spilled oil.

On Monday, the pipeline was excavated, and crews began welding a replacement section. The compromised section of the pipeline has been removed, and the new pipeline section has been installed.

The damaged pipeline section has been sent to the National Transportation Safety Board lab for inspection and investigation into the incident. A cause for the leak has not yet been determined.

With the approval of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Line 6A pipeline will return to service on Friday, Sept. 17.

With the closure of the Line 6A pipeline, in addition to last month’s shut-in of Line 6B, which is another Enbridge pipeline, the price of oil jumped on supply constraints. The price of crude has since dropped on the news that the Line 6A pipeline will be back in service by Friday.

A part of the massive Lakehead System that transports nearly 68 percent of Canada’s crude oil exports to markets in the US, the Line 6A pipeline transports 670,000 barrels of light synthetics and crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Griffith, Indiana.

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