Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project
Through the Line 6B Phase 2 Replacement Project (Project), Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership is replacing approximately 210 miles of its existing Line 6B crude oil pipeline in Indiana and Michigan. Most of the new pipeline segments either have been or are being installed adjacent to existing segments between Lake County, Ind. and Marysville, Mich.
The Project is 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 provides a two-fold benefit and purpose:
- Reduces the number of future maintenance activities
- Restores 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
Following the completion of the Project in late 2014, Enbridge will have replaced the entire length of Line 6B with new pipe.
Overall cost of the Project, including the pipe and associated station and terminal facilities, is estimated at $1.3 billion for the Michigan portion and $300 million for the Indiana portion.
The Project will generate additional property taxes in Indiana and Michigan communities and provide an influx of sales tax and local purchasing of materials and equipment. It is also created more than 1,000 temporary and permanent jobs, including hundreds of skilled and labor workers during peak construction. Many workers were drawn from the local workforce.