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Bakken Pipeline Project - U.S.


Project Overview

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Enbridge Income Fund proposed a number of expansions of their pipeline systems to add transport capacity to address current and future increases in crude oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks formations.

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.

The Bakken Pipeline Project in the U.S. and Canada adds 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil capacity to the 25,000 bpd incremental capacity added by the Portal Link Project, which was completed in May 2011. The Bakken Pipeline Project – U.S. portion was completed in March 2013.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) is responsible for project and route approvals as well as state environmental assessment for the construction of crude oil pipelines in North Dakota. Regulatory applications were filed with the NDPSC in late 2010, and the permits received in spring 2011. Other federal and state authorizations and environmental permits were acquired for the project.

Construction began in August 2011 and the project was completed and placed into service in March 2013.


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Canada's largest gas distribution company. Serving 1.9 million customers in Ontario, Quebec and New York State.

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Enbridge Gas New Brunswick

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Enbridge Inc. (ENB) is a publicly-traded corporation on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges.

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Enbridge's U.S. operations - a leader in energy transportation in the Midwest, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.

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A U.S. master limited partnership with oil and gas delivery assets.

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Enbridge Income Fund Holdings

Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (EIFH) is a publicly-traded Canadian Corporation that invests in low-risk energy infrastructure assets.

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Midcoast Energy Partners

Midcoast Energy Partners (MEP) serves as EEP’s primary vehicle for owning and growing its natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) midstream business in the U.S.


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