Enbridge proceeding with multiple pipeline projects

By Hilton Price 

Enbridge Inc. has announced a series of projects to move crude oil from Canada to the Eastern U.S. The projects total approximately $3.2 billion, and could also clear transportation bottlenecks that have been a continuing problem in the Midwest.

Enbridge will spend $0.2 billion to expand the Canadian portion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline. This project will increase the capacity of the line by 120,000 barrels per day. A company representative says further expansion on the line is possible, if deemed necessary in the latter half of the decade.

Enbridge is also spending $0.4 billion on an expansion of its Lakehead System mainline. This line runs between Neche, North Dakota and a terminal hub in Flanagan, Illinois. This project will also include expansion of portions of the Alberta Clipper line running between Superior, Wisconsin and the U.S./Canada border, and the Southern Access pipeline from Superior to Flanagan, Illinois.

Finally, Enbridge is announcing it has secured commercial support to proceed with several Eastern Access projects. These projects include an expansion of the company’s Toledo Pipeline, and a re-reversal of multiple Canadian lines. Pipelines will also be expanded, and in some cases replaced, in portions of the American Midwest. These projects will total $2.6 billion.

All projects are expected to be completed and available for service by 2014.

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