Bakken Expansion Program
Enbridge has successfully completed a number of pipeline system expansions in North Dakota and Saskatchewan to add transport capacity that help address current and future increases in crude oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks formations.
Portal Link Reactivation and Reversal – Project Completed in May 2011
The Portal Link Reversal involved the reactivation and flow reversal of 85.7 miles of an existing pipeline between Berthold, North Dakota and Enbridge Income Fund’s Steelman terminal in Saskatchewan. In the U.S. this pipeline is referred to as Line 26 (Line 26 Reactivation/Reversal Project) and in Canada it is referred to as Line EX-02 (Line EX-02 Reactivation/Reversal Project).
The Portal Link Reversal adds 25,000 barrels per day of crude oil transportation capacity on these affiliated Enbridge systems operating in the Williston Basin.
By reactivating and reversing an existing pipeline system, Enbridge was able to add capacity to transport crude oil out of the Bakken and Three Forks formations without the need to construct a new pipeline, and therefore, minimized associated environmental and stakeholder impacts. By using this existing pipeline, crude oil can now be transported from this region north into Enbridge’s Saskatchewan System, where it is then transported through the existing terminal near Cromer, Manitoba onto the Enbridge Mainline system.
Bakken Pipeline Projects – Project Completed in March 2013
Together, the two Bakken Pipeline Projects below can provide 145,000 barrels per day of capacity from North Dakota into Enbridge's Mainline at Cromer, Manitoba.
Bakken Pipeline Project – Canada
To meet the need Enbridge Bakken Pipeline Limited Partnership, (Enbridge Bakken), a subsidiary of the Enbridge Income Fund, extended an existing pipeline (running from Berthold, North Dakota to Steelman, Saskatchewan) by constructing 124 kilometers (77 miles) of 406 mm (16-inch) diameter pipeline from a new terminal near Steelman, Saskatchewan, to the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. mainline Terminal near Cromer, Manitoba. The U.S. segment of this pipeline is currently owned by Enbridge Pipelines (North Dakota) LLC, a subsidiary of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.
Bakken Pipeline Project – U.S.
The Bakken Pipeline Project consisted of expanding the U.S. portion of the Portal Link (or Line 26) by constructing two new pumping stations and replacing an 11-mile segment of the existing 12-inch-diameter pipeline between Kenaston and Lignite, North Dakota. The replacement section tracks north by northwest around the town of Lignite, North Dakota and generally follows an existing railroad right-of-way. New pump stations were constructed in Kenaston and Lignite, North Dakota. In addition, the project also expanded Enbridge’s existing terminal and station in Berthold, North Dakota. The existing and newly constructed assets will be owned by Enbridge Pipelines (Bakken) L.P. by Enbridge Pipelines (Bakken) L.L.C. its General Partner.
Beaver Lodge Loop Project – Project Completed in March 2013
The Beaver Lodge Loop Project included the construction of new pipeline segments along the existing route where Enbridge has been operating since the mid-1960s. Those segments included:
- 26 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline between Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station (near Tioga, North Dakota) and Enbridge’s station in Stanley, North Dakota.
- 29 miles of new 16-inch diameter pipeline between Enbridge’s Stanley Station and Enbridge’s Berthold Station.
The projects added 148,500 barrels per day of pipeline capacity into Enbridge’s North Dakota System Berthold Station in March 2013.
In addition to the construction of new pipelines, the project scope included expansions within Enbridge’s existing terminal facilities in the following locations:
- Two new 80,000 barrel tanks at Berthold, North Dakota terminal
- One new 80,000 barrel tank at Stanley, North Dakota terminal
- One new 150,000 barrel tank at the Beaver Lodge terminal near Tioga, North Dakota
Berthold Station Expansion Project
Enbridge enhanced its North Dakota crude oil transportation system by upgrading and expanding its Berthold, North Dakota facilities with the addition of a rail car loading facility south of its existing Berthold Station. This facility provides timely increased export capacity via rail while additional pipeline infrastructure projects are being developed in the Bakken and Three Forks regions. The Berthold Station Expansion Project transports an additional 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) of takeaway capacity to market hubs and refineries across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail network.