Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Enbridge reconfiguring North Dakota pipeline to meet rising crude oil demand

HOUSTON, Texas - Enbridge Energy Partners L.P., an oil and natural gas pipeline operator, is reconfiguring its North Dakota system to expand capacity by 23,500 barrels per day (b/d.) The changes will take place between Minot, N.D., and Clearbrook, Minn., and involve optimizing existing facilities and services, with a capital investment estimated at $7 million.

The updated system is expected to be available in the first quarter 2011.

In 2009, the same pipeline was expanded by 51,500 b/d to 161,500 b/d, which has been its capacity since early 2010.

"This expansion in the common carrier portion of the system complements our more substantial 145,000-b/d Bakken Expansion Program, which is being undertaken with significant term capacity commitments," said Stephen J. Wuori, president, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge Inc. "It will enable us to be responsive to our shippers' needs for an immediate increase in the takeaway capacity serving growing production from the Bakken formation in North Dakota.”

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