Enbridge making progress with Sandpiper Pipeline project

By KBJR News 1

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The largest crude oil pipeline project in North Dakota is one step closer to putting pipe in the ground.

Enbridge's $2.6 billion sandpiper pipeline project would carry bakken crude oil from western North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.

Companies committed to more than half of the total capacity of the 225,000 barrel line.

This allows the company to move forward with federal and state permits.

"The time frame is operation early 2016 with this pipeline system. That's assuming everything here now forward continues as expected. But right now we expect production to grow until that time so it's going to be very much needed by the time it goes into service," said Jason Kringstad, North Dakota Pipeline Authority.

The public service commission along with federal agencies will oversee the project, as the company finalizes a route and gains access to the land needed for the pipeline.