CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 29 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) said on Wednesday its Line 3 pipeline would be operational from Oct. 1, marking the completion of a long-delayed replacement project that would increase the capacity of crude deliveries from Canada to U.S. refineries.
Line 3, built in the 1960s, carries oil from Edmonton, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, and was transporting less than it was designed for because of age and corrosion. The replacement project will allow Enbridge to roughly double its capacity to 760,000 barrels per day on the 1,765 kilometre-long pipeline.
The new 542 km Minnesota segment of Line 3, which follows other segments already placed into service in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin, restores the full pipeline capacity to meet the energy needs of refineries in the Midwest.
Earlier this month, the company told shippers it would offer 620,000 barrels per day of crude capacity in October, and expects Line 3 will reach full capacity during the fourth quarter.
Line 3 is the first major Canadian oil pipeline expansion to be completed in more than five years. The last was Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper project, finished in 2015, and before that TC Energy’s (TRP.TO) Keystone project in 2010.
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