Wis. Gov. visits Enbridge on heels of $7 billion pipeline replacement project

By KBJR News 1

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- With a $7 billion pipeline replacement project in the works, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited Enbridge's terminal on Thursday.

Enbridge officials gave Gov. Walker an inside look at how crude oil is distributed and what the company is doing to expand their facility.

Currently, Enbridge is proposing a series of pump station and terminal upgrades of their crude oil mainline pipeline system.

These upgrades will help accommodate the increased storage expected from the new pipelines.

The company is adding two new above ground storage tanks and installing new pumping units and equipment at the Superior terminal.

Gov. Walker says Enbridge has created more than 700 jobs at multiple locations across the state.

The upgrades will also help continue lasting relationships with trading partners.

"Canada is now one of Wisconsin's strongest trading partners and one of our nation's strongest partners politically and culturally," said Walker. "It means energy independence here in North America and it means a great partnership with one of our trading partners."

Currently, more than 1.5 million barrels of crude oil are transported into the terminal per day.

Enbridge is getting ready to replace their aging line number three, that currently carries crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to Superior.

The pipeline will be a stronger line that can carry more oil.

The $7 billion project is expected to be completed by late 2017.

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