Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project
Through the Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project (Project), Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership replaced approximately 285 miles of its existing Line 6B crude oil pipeline in Indiana and Michigan. New pipeline segments were generally installed adjacent to existing segments between Lake County, Ind. and Marysville, Mich. The pipeline was placed into service on October 1, 2014. With the Project completed, Enbridge has fully replaced the Line 6B pipeline.
The Project was designed to meet both current and future pipeline transportation needs. Line 6B is an integral part of the region’s critical energy infrastructure, providing a safe and efficient supply of crude oil to numerous regional refineries in both the U.S. and Canada, which in turn supply the public’s need for refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and asphalt.
The Project provided a two-fold benefit and purpose:
- Reduced the number of future maintenance activities.
- Restored the ultimate capacity of Line 6B to meet increasing demand along the pipeline route, which is largely driven by current and planned refinery upgrades and expansions in Michigan, Ohio and eastern Canada.
The capital investment of the Project, including the pipe and associated station and terminal facilities, is estimated at $2.63 billion.
The Project will generate additional property taxes in Indiana and Michigan communities.. It is also created more than 1,000 temporary and permanent jobs, including hundreds of skilled and labor workers, during peak construction, and provided an influx of sales tax and local purchases of materials and equipment. Many workers were drawn from the local workforce.