Crude Oil Demand Prompts Enbridge Pipeline Expansion

By KBJR News 1

Crude Oil Demand Prompts Enbridge Pipeline Expansion

August 27, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -Enbridge Energy is adding more horsepower to its pipeline to keep up with the continuing high demand for crude oil.

A major portion of the $8 billion dollar expansion includes a proposed twin pipeline that extends from Illinois to Oklahoma.

It also adds three pump station upgrades along the Alberta to Superior Pipeline in Minnesota , which would allow the pipeline to transport 125,000 more barrels of crude oil per day to the gulf coast, up from 450,000

Enbridge officials say they planned for the upgrade from the beginning and since the upgrades in Minnesota aren't to the pipeline itself - the company avoids some of the red tape.

"There is a plethora of permits for any type of project we just don't have the same type of permits you would if you're putting a new line in. We went through that a few years ago," said Denise Hamsher, director, Enbridge Project Planning.

The other major portions of the project, including adding a second line and replacing a pipeline will still fall under usual federal and state regulations.

The entire project should be complete by the end of 2014.