• Growth Projects

    Growth Projects

    Enbridge is expanding our presence across the United States through strategic growth projects in liquids pipelines, natural gas and NGL pipelines. We are strategically positioned to expand and extend our North American energy delivery networks and we are currently engaged in our largest capital investment program in our 60-year history. 

    Liquids Pipelines Growth

    Mainline Enhancement Program: Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., through its affiliate, Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, ("Enbridge") is proposing a series of pump station and terminal upgrades as an expansion of its crude oil mainline pipeline system, known as the Lakehead System, which transports North American crude oil from Canada, Montana, and North Dakota to refineries in the Great Lakes region and beyond between the U.S./Canadian border near Neche, N.D., and Enbridge's Flanagan Terminal near Pontiac, Ill. The Mainline Enhancement Program is designed to expand access to refinery markets in the U.S. Midwest and beyond for growing North American crude oil production by adding pumping capacity to its existing pipelines known as Line 61 and Line 67. The expansions complement Enbridge’s ongoing efforts to meet North America's needs for reliable and secure transportation of petroleum energy supplies. The Mainline Enhancement Program is another positive step toward North American energy security.

    • Line 67 Upgrade Project Phase 1: Phase 1 involves increasing capacity on Line 67 from 450,000 barrels per day to 570,000 barrels per day into Enbridge’s Superior, Wis. terminal. The increase in capacity requires installing new pumping horsepower and crude oil tanks at existing sites with no pipeline construction. New pumping units and related equipment are being installed within Enbridge’s Viking, Clearbrook and Deer River, Minnesota facilities. Phase 1 of the Line 67 project will be in service in mid-2014. For more information, click here.
    • Line 67 Upgrade Project Phase 2: Phase 2 proposes to expand Line 67 to its full potential of 800,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil. Subject to regulatory approvals, the expansion will involve the construction of pump stations and associated equipment near existing Enbridge facilities in Donaldson, Plummer, Cass Lake and Floodwood, Minnesota. Modifications will be made to existing pump stations in Viking, Clearbrook and Deer River, Minnesota. Work will be done on property that is owned or will be acquired by Enbridge. For more information, click here.
    • Line 61 Upgrade Project: Enbridge is proposing to expand in phases the average annual capacity of our Line 61 pipeline from 560,000 barrels per day to an ultimate 1.2 million barrel per day design capacity. Line 61 is a 42-inch diameter crude oil pipeline that spans from Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis., to Enbridge’s Flanagan Terminal near Pontiac, Ill.
      • Phase 1 will increase the average annual capacity from 400,000 barrels per day to 560,000 barrels per day.
      • Phase 2 will increase Line 61 to its full 1.2 million barrels per day design capacity.

    Line 3 Replacement Program: Enbridge has been safely and reliably transporting crude oil to U.S. refineries through its pipelines for decades. Line 3, built in 1968, is part of Enbridge’s Lakehead System. Line 3 is a 34-inch diameter, 1,031-mile pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin and currently operates below its original capacity due to pressure restrictions.

    As part of our routine maintenance program, Enbridge conducted an assessment of the Line 3 pipeline in 2013. The assessment identifies strategic and efficient means for maintaining system integrity, including additional in-line tool runs, investigatory digs or segment replacement. Enbridge further determined that a replacement of Line 3 was best to maintain system integrity while minimizing disruption to landowners and communities.

    Enbridge is proposing to replace Line 3 to maintain our high safety standard, reduce future maintenance activities and disruptions to landowners, as well as to restore delivery capacity for reliable and efficient supplies of North American crude oil.

    A new 36-inch pipeline will replace the existing 34-inch pipeline along most of the Line 3 route from Neche, ND to Superior, WI. Segments of Line 3 from the Canadian border to Neche, ND and near the Minnesota/Wisconsin border to the Superior terminal are being replaced under separate segment replacement projects.

    After the replacement pipeline is built, the existing Line 3 pipeline will be deactivated according to federal regulations.

    More information about the Line 3 Replacement Program can be found at Enbridge.com.

     Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project: The Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project is replacing approximately 210 miles of its existing Line 6B crude oil pipeline in Indiana and Michigan. Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership is replacing certain segments with new pipe, starting in Lake County, Ind., and continuing northeast to Marysville, Mich. Most of the new pipeline segments are being installed adjacent to existing segments. This project is designed to meet both current and future pipeline transportation needs. Line 6B is an integral part of the region’s critical energy infrastructure, providing a safe and efficient supply of crude oil to numerous regional refineries in both the U.S. and Canada, which in turn supply the public’s need for refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and asphalt. The project provides a two-fold benefit and purpose:

    • Reduces the number of future maintenance activities; and
    • Restores the ultimate capacity of Line 6B to meet increasing demand along the pipeline route, which is largely driven by current and planned refinery upgrades and expansions in Michigan, Ohio and eastern Canada.

    Following the completion of this project in 2014, Enbridge will have replaced the entire length of Line 6B with new pipe from Griffith, Ind., to the St. Clair River in Marysville, Mich. Learn more about the Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project.

    Eddystone Rail Project: The Eddystone Rail facility (a trans-shipment facility designed to be an intermediate destination prior to shipment to another destination) will provide Philadelphia-area refineries access to growing supplies of crude oil from U.S. producers. Light sweet crude oil will be transported via rail from the Bakken region of North Dakota to the Eddystone Rail Company facility in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. At the Eddystone facility, the crude oil will be transferred from rail to barge and will be delivered to nearby refineries along the Delaware River. Once in service, which is anticipated in early 2014, the facility will receive and deliver 80,000 barrels per day (BPD) to Philadelphia-area refineries. 

    Enbridge Inc., through its indirect, U.S. subsidiary Enbridge Rail (Philadelphia) L.L.C., entered into an agreement with Canopy Prospecting, Inc. to jointly develop the Eddystone Rail Project. 

    More information about Eddystone Rail Project can be found at Enbridge.com.

    Flanagan South Pipeline: Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. (Enbridge) is currently constructing the Flanagan South Pipeline Project – a nearly 600-mile, 36-inch diameter interstate crude oil pipeline that will originate in Flanagan, Ill., and terminate in Cushing, Okla., crossing Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. The majority of the pipeline parallels Enbridge’s existing Spearhead crude oil pipeline right-of-way. Enbridge has also proposed the installation of seven pump stations including one at the Flanagan terminal and six along the pipeline route. Initial capacity will be 600,000 barrels per day (bpd).

    The Flanagan South Pipeline Project will provide the additional capacity needed to bring increased North American crude oil production to refinery hubs in the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Flanagan South Pipeline Project will provide a long-term, stable and reliable source of energy for the U.S, enhancing the nation’s energy security. Learn more about the Flanagan South Pipeline Project.

    Sandpiper Pipeline Project: North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC, is proposing to build the Sandpiper Pipeline Project – an approximately 610-mile interstate crude oil pipeline originating at our Beaver Lodge Station south of Tioga, North Dakota. The Project will bring growing supplies of North Dakota crude oil to an existing terminal owned by an Enbridge affiliate in Superior, Wisconsin. 

    From Superior, the oil will be transported by Enbridge and other interconnected pipelines to refinery hubs in the United States and eastern Canada. The Sandpiper Pipeline Project will provide a long-term, stable and reliable source of crude oil for the U.S. and its refineries that supply the petroleum products we rely upon. The Project will reduce reliance on crude oil imports from countries that are often unstable or unfriendly to U.S. interests and move North America towards energy security and independence. More information about the Sandpiper Pipeline Project is available on enbridge.com.

    Seaway Pipeline: Enbridge Inc. recently purchased a 50 percent share of the Seaway Crude Pipeline System. Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. owns the remaining 50 percent. Enterprise and Enbridge completed the first phase of the reversal of the Seaway Pipeline, which provides 150,000 barrels per day of southbound takeaway capacity from Cushing to the Gulf. Following pump station additions and modifications anticipated to be completed in 2013, the capacity of the reversed Seaway Pipeline will be up to 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Enterprise and Enbridge also plan an expansion of the Seaway Pipeline that will more than double its capacity to 850,000 barrels per day by mid-2014. Learn more about Seaway Pipeline.

    Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project: Enbridge Pipelines (Illinois) L.L.C. (“Enbridge”) is proposing to build the Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project—a 165-mile pipeline that will transport crude oil from Enbridge’s Flanagan Terminal near Pontiac, Illinois, to an existing crude oil terminal near Patoka, Illinois.

    The project will be constructed along the route reviewed by the Illinois Commerce Commission and generally parallel other pipeline and electric transmission rights-of-way, including Enbridge’s rights-of-way. Subject to other pending regulatory approvals, Enbridge anticipates beginning construction in mid-2014, and the project will be in service in mid-2015. While the route has been determined, the final design and capacity of the project, as well as the pipe diameter, are still to be determined.

    Learn more about Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project.

    Line 78 Pipeline Project: In response to market demand for increased pipeline capacity, Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (“Enbridge”) is proposing to expand its pipeline system, generally along the existing pipeline routes we’ve been operating in Illinois and Indiana for many years. The Line 78 Pipeline Project involves constructing approximately 79-miles of new crude oil pipeline from Enbridge’s Flanagan Terminal near Pontiac, Ill., northeast to Enbridge’s Terminal near Griffith, Ind. The diameter of the new pipeline will be up to 36-inches. More information about the Line 78 Pipeline Project is available on enbridge.com.

    Line 79 Pipeline System Project: Enbridge Inc., through its indirect subsidiary Enbridge Pipelines (Toledo) Inc., developed the Line 79 Pipeline System Project for the transportation of crude oil and petroleum in the state of Michigan. This new pipeline system—designated as Line 79—originates near the city of Stockbridge, Mich., and extends to the east and south, to terminate at a new meter station site near the city of Romulus, Mich. Line 79 consists of approximately 64 miles of new and existing pipeline. View more information about the Line 79 Pipeline System Project.

    Offshore Pipelines Growth

    Walker Ridge Gas Gathering System: The Walker Ridge Gas Gathering System is a 170 mile gas gathering system located in the central area of the Gulf Of Mexico. This system is comprised of the 10-inch diameter Jack St. Malo Gas Pipeline and the 8-inch diameter Big Foot Gas Lateral. The Jack St. Malo pipeline will be approximately 152 miles long, ranging in water depths from 440 to 7,000 feet. The Big Foot Gas Lateral will extend approximately 16 miles in approximately 5,000 feet of water. Walker Ridge will initially bring gas from the Jack St. Malo and Big Foot prospects to the Manta Ray Gathering System on the shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. The project will go into service in mid-2014 and will provide more than 100 mmcf/d of gas gathering capacity to the ultra-deep water of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Big Foot Oil Pipeline: Big Foot is a 20-inch diameter, 40 mile pipeline serving the Big Foot development and will carry up to 100,000 barrels of oil a day to the Amberjack Pipeline System. The system will be ready for service in late 2014.

    Heidelberg Oil Export Pipeline: Heidelberg is a 36 mile pipeline serving the Heidelberg development and will carry up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day to the Caesar Pipeline System. The system will be ready for service in early 2016.

    Natural Gas Growth

    Beckville Plant: The Beckville Plant, located in the East Texas system, is currently under construction with an expected completion date in the first quarter of 2015. Once complete, the Beckville Plant will provide processing services to existing and prospective customers drilling in the rich gas Cotton Valley formation. The Beckville Plant has expected processing and production capabilities of approximately 150 MMcf/d and 8,500 Bpd of NGLs.

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