Enbridge plans North Dakota pipeline expansion

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 30 -- Enbridge Energy Partners LP, Houston, said it will proceed with yet another expansion of the Enbridge North Dakota Pipeline System.

Costing an estimated $150 million, the expansion will add 40,000 b/d of capacity from the western end of the system to Minot, ND, and 51,000 b/d of capacity from there to Clearbrook, Minn.

It will increase total system capacity to 161,000 b/d from 110,000 b/d, with an in-service date of late 2009.

Enbridge said it will file with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a cost-of-service-based expansion surcharge that will be added to existing tariff rates to fund the proposed expansion. No long-term volume commitments will be required for existing or new capacity.

This expansion is in addition to the existing 30,000 b/d expansion project that is under way and slated for completion by yearend.

The North Dakota Pipeline system gathers oil from production areas in western North Dakota and eastern Montana and transports it to Clearbrook, where the system interconnects with the Minnesota Pipeline and the Partnership's Lakehead System. From Lakehead, shippers can access most of the major refinery markets along the Great Lakes and in the Midwest.

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