Enbridge Inc. on Friday announced it has filed an application for regulatory approval for the Canadian facilities involved in the Southern Lights Pipeline Project with the National Energy Board. The total cost of the Southern Lights Pipeline Project, including the U.S. facilities subject to regulatory approvals, is US$1.3 billion.
The Southern Lights Pipeline Project responds to interest from shippers to enhance the availability of diluent for bitumen blending in Western Canada. Enbridge previously announced that it has received binding long-term commitments from shippers to ensure utilization of the line and endorsement of the Southern Lights Pipeline Project from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Enbridge will construct the 180,000 barrel-per-day pipeline to transport diluent from the U.S. Midwest to Western Canada. The Southern Lights Pipeline Project will involve a combination of new construction, changes to Enbridge's existing crude oil pipeline system, and utilization of existing facilities targeted for in-service in 2010. Also as part of this filing, Enbridge has included construction of the Canadian portion of a new 504-kilometer (313 mile) 20-inch (508-mm) crude oil pipeline to expand capacity of its existing mainline system by the end of 2008.
Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a leader in energy transportation and distribution in North America and internationally. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the United States, the world's longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system. The Company also has international operations and a growing involvement in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge employs approximately 5,000 people, primarily in Canada, the United States and South America.