Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Enbridge prorates pipes to U.S. on high demand, dig inspections

CALGARY, Alta. - Enbridge Inc. said demand for shipments in January exceeds space on some of its crude oil pipelines because of high demand and restricted capacity resulting from inspections and digs.

Enbridge apportioned its Line 6B by 43 percent and Line 5 by 33 percent, according to an e-mailed statement. “Self- imposed rate restrictions in support of maintenance and integrity dig activities” caused reduced capacity on Line 5, the company said.

Shipments on lines 6A, 14 and 62 were pro-rated in aggregate by 26 percent, the company said. Orders to ship oil through the pipelines exceeded the lines’ capacities. Shippers must cut their nominations by the apportionment ratio.

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