Enbridge is Investing in Minnesota
Life takes energy: to heat our homes; to feed our families; to fuel our vehicles. Enbridge has been proudly fueling Minnesota's quality of life for 65 years.
As a leader in energy delivery, Enbridge continues to expand its pipeline infrastructure to help Minnesota and the surrounding region connect to secure, reliable and growing supplies of crude oil produced in North America. Enbridge has several expansion projects in Minnesota as part of our ongoing effort to meet North America’s need for reliable and secure transportation of petroleum energy supplies. Currently, Enbridge is making a $5 billion investment in new or improved pipeline systems in Minnesota. Enbridge’s private investment in these pipelines will create good-paying jobs, an economic boost for local communities during construction, and local community investments and tax contributions for many years to come.
Sandpiper Pipeline Project
The Sandpiper Pipeline Project will reliably transport growing supplies of crude oil from North Dakota to refineries located in the U.S. Midwest and eastern Canada. The Sandpiper Pipeline originates near Tioga, North Dakota and will travel east making key connections in Clearbrook, Minnesota before connecting to Enbridge’s existing terminal and pipeline network in Superior, Wisconsin. More than 75 percent of Enbridge’s Sandpiper route follows existing Enbridge pipelines, electric transmission lines or existing utility infrastructure already in operation. The Sandpiper route is the best route for transporting crude petroleum via pipeline because it provides the best balance of impacts to people, the environment and economic considerations.
Currently, 95 percent of landowners along the Sandpiper route have granted easements to Enbridge to construct operate and maintain the Sandpiper pipeline. The Sandpiper Pipeline Project was approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission in June 2014.
Line 67 Upgrade Project
The Line 67 Upgrade Project increased the average annual capacity on Line 67 (formerly ‘Alberta Clipper’ Project) in two phases; from 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) to its full design capacity of 800,000 bpd of crude petroleum into Enbridge’s Superior, Wis., terminal. The Line 67 Upgrade Project did not require new pipeline construction; Enbridge added pumping horsepower at or within existing facilities. Phase 1 of the project was placed into service in September 2014, Phase 2 of the project was placed into service in July 2015.
Line 3 Replacement Project
The Line 3 Replacement Program consists of 1,031-miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline that begins in Hardisty, Alberta and ends in Superior, Wisconsin. The U.S. portion of the Program Enbridge is proposing, is referred to as the Line 3 Replacement "Project." The U.S. portion includes about 13 miles in North Dakota, 337 miles in Minnesota, and 14 miles in Wisconsin.
This $2.6 billion Project will be a $2.1 billion investment for the Minnesota portion of the design, permit and construction of Line 3. In Minnesota, the replacement pipeline will follow existing utility corridors for more than 98 percent of the route west of Clearbrook and 75 percent east of Clearbrook. Line 3 will continue to operate during the replacement process to ensure needed supplies of crude oil reach markets throughout North America. Project applications are being reviewed by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), and upon receipt of all applicable regulatory approvals, construction can begin.