Enbridge to pursue Waupisoo oil sands pipeline expansion

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, June 28 -- Enbridge Inc. announced June 28 entering into shipper commitments totaling 229,000 b/d of capacity on the Waupisoo Pipeline, part of its Regional Oil Sands System. Enbridge will undertake a $400 million expansion of the Waupisoo to its maximum capacity to accommodate these commitments, which include additional volumes announced February.

The Waupisoo line expansion will provide about 65,000 b/d of additional capacity in second-half 2012 and a further 190,000 b/d when fully in service in second-half 2013.

The 380-km Waupisoo system entered service in 2008 with an initial capacity of 345,000 b/d. This expansion will bring the line to its 600,000 b/d design capacity between Enbridge’s Cheecham terminal, south of Fort McMurray, and Edmonton, via the company’s Stonefell terminal near Bruderheim, Alta. The pipeline links oil sands producers to their upgraders and refineries in the Edmonton area as well as to connections with Canada's interprovincial oil pipeline systems.

Enbridge said that based on development activity under way within the oil sands on both existing and new projects it expects to see further opportunities for expansion of its system moving forward.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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