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Line 37 Release

Enbridge returns Line 37 to normal service

 

CALGARY, Alberta (July 30, 2013) – Enbridge Inc. today confirmed the return to normal service of its Line 37 pipeline between Long Lake and Cheecham, Alta.

Line 37 had been restarted, at reduced operating pressure, on July 11. A once-in-100-year rainfall in the Fort McMurray area throughout the month of June triggered ground movement on the right-of-way and caused a release of light synthetic crude oil from Line 37 on June 22.

Enbridge’s other lines sharing a corridor with Line 37 – the Wood Buffalo Pipeline (Line 75), the Athabasca Pipeline (Line 19), and the Woodland Pipeline (Line 49) – are all in normal operation.

Enbridge personnel have conducted extensive engineering and geotechnical analysis, and carried out inspection work at various points on the pipeline. Enbridge has also implemented various measures to mitigate ground forces on Line 37 and other lines sharing the right-of-way.

Workers also continue with remediation and cleanup efforts; the majority of the 1,300 barrels of oil has been recovered. Extensive monitoring has shown impacts were contained and limited to the release area. A team of wildlife professionals remains on site, employing numerous wildlife deterrent techniques, and impact on wildlife has been minimal.

 

Enbridge Restarts Line 37 Pipeline, Returns Athabasca Pipeline to Full Service


CALGARY, ALBERTA (Marketwired - July 11, 2013) - Enbridge Inc. (ENB.TO) (ENB) today confirmed the return to service of its Line 37 pipeline between Long Lake and Cheecham, Alberta at reduced operating pressure, and the return to full service of the Athabasca Pipeline (Line 19) between Fort McMurray and Cheecham.

Line 37 had been shut down June 22 as a result of a release of light synthetic crude oil caused by high rains which led to 1-in-100 year water levels that triggered ground movement on the right-of-way. The Athabasca Pipeline and other pipelines sharing a corridor with Line 37 had been shut down as a precaution. Following extensive engineering and geotechnical analysis, as well as excavation and inspection at several points on the pipeline, the northern segment of the Athabasca Pipeline was returned to service at reduced pressure July 1; the southern segment has been operating at normal pressure since June 23. The Wood Buffalo Pipeline (Line 75) continues to operate at reduced pressure pending completion of inspection on that line.

The majority of oil released from Line 37 has now been recovered. Industry and environmental regulators have been to the site and Enbridge has been providing regular updates on status of the clean-up, repair and remediation. Based on the amount of oil recovered, Enbridge has revised its estimate of the volume of light crude oil spilled to 1,300 barrels.

Enbridge has identified and implemented measures to mitigate ground forces on these lines and will continue such work so as to ensure all pipelines can be operated safely. Enbridge anticipates returning Line 37 and the Wood Buffalo pipelines to full pressure and capacity, although timing for completion cannot yet be determined.

The Waupisoo Pipeline (Line 18) between Cheecham and Edmonton is operating at normal pressure. The Woodland Pipeline (Line 49) between Fort McMurray and Cheecham had been in the process of linefill at the time of the shutdown; linefill activities into Cheecham are continuing.

 

News Release - Enbridge Restarts Wood Buffalo Pipeline - Calgary, Alberta, Marketwired - July 2, 2013


News Release - Enbridge Restarts Athabasca Pipeline; Provides Update on Regional Oil Sands System Status - Calgary, Alberta, July 1, 2013


Update – Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8 a.m.

Recovery of oil and contaminated water continues Thursday, June 27, 2013, in response to a release June 22 of approximately 750 barrels of Light Synthetic Crude oil from Line 37. Preliminary indications are that the one-in-100-year rainfall in the Fort McMurray area created soil movement which caused the pipe to fail.

Heavy rainfall continues to challenge workers at the site two kilometers north of Enbridge’s Cheecham station. Access and site conditions are difficult. Access has been by foot, all-terrain vehicle and helicopter. A road to the leak site has been constructed of rig mats. It will be extended to permit heavy equipment access to other areas of the site.

Approximately 200 personnel were on-site during peak operations June 26 and a similar number are expected on site today.

The released product has been contained and recovery of oil and oil mixed with water has started. As of 8 a.m. MDT 2,000 feet of hard containment boom had been deployed along with 4,000 feet of absorbent. All material recovered from the site will be safely stored and treated for disposal.

Wildlife deterrents have been deployed and the area is being fenced to prevent wildlife incursion. No wildlife impacts have been observed.

The segments of Enbridge’s Athabasca (Line 19) and Wood Buffalo/Waupisoo (Line 75/18) north of Cheecham, which share a portion of right of way with Line 37, have been shut down as a precaution pending geo-technical inspections and assurance that the lines can be safely returned to service. The portions of the systems linking Cheecham, Hardisty and Edmonton have been safely restarted. Enbridge is in contact with our customers and keeping them advised of the status of our system.

Line 36, a diluent return line that is part of the Long Lake system, was not operating at the time of the incident and remains shut down.

Weather at the site as of 10 a.m. (MDT) is rainy and 16 degrees Celsius with a forecast high of 19 degrees Celsius. Environment Canada has forecast sunshine with occasional showers and temperatures of up to 32 degrees Celsius between tomorrow and July 3.


News Release - Enbridge Updates Regional Oil Sands System Status - Calgary, Alberta, June 26, 2013


Update – Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Recovery of oil and contaminated water continued today, June 25, 2013, in response to a release June 22 of approximately 750 barrels of Light Synthetic Crude oil from Line 37 near Enbridge’s Cheecham, Alberta, terminal.

Approximately 100 personnel are expected on site today. The release occurred in a remote area accessible by helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. Enbridge is using rig mats to allow access to the site by vacuum trucks and skimmers, which will be used to remove product from the area.

As of 8 a.m. MDT today installation of rig mats to access the site was approximately 50 percent complete. As of this morning 1,700 feet of containment boom had been deployed along with absorbent mats. Approximately 17 cubic meters of a mixture of water and oil has been recovered and treated. Wildlife deterrents have been deployed and the area is being fenced to prevent wildlife incursion.

The southern portion of Enbridge’s Athabasca pipeline (Line 19) was safely restarted June 23 and operations between Cheecham and Hardisty have been restored. The line segment north of Cheecham remains shut down until Enbridge can ensure its safe restart.

Enbridge’s Athabasca (Line 19) and Wood Buffalo/Waupisoo (Line 75/18), which share a portion of right of way with Line 37, had been shut down as a precaution.

The Waupisoo/Wood Buffalo pipelines remain shut down pending completion of geo-technical inspections and assurance that the lines can be safely returned to service.

Weather at the site as of 9:30 a.m. (MDT) is sunny and 15 Celsius with a forecast high of 26 Celsius. Environment Canada has forecast rain and temperatures of up to 26 Celsius between tomorrow and June 28.

Enbridge is in contact with our customers and keeping them advised of the status of our system.


News Release - Enbridge Returns Line 19 South of Cheecham to Service; Provides Update on Line 37 Response - Calgary, Alberta, June 24, 2013


Update – Monday, June 24, 2013

Clean-up operations continued Monday, June 24, 2013, in response to a release June 22 of Light Synthetic Crude oil from Line 37. The safety of our people, the public and protection of the environment are our highest priorities. We are working as quickly as possible to respond and to return our systems to full service when we are assured it can be done safely.

Approximately 75 personnel are expected on site today. The release occurred in a remote area accessible by helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. Enbridge is using rig mats to allow access to the site by vacuum trucks and skimmers, which will be used to remove product from the area.

As of 8 a.m. MDT today access was approximately 40 percent complete. As of this morning 1,300 feet of containment boom had been deployed along with absorbent mats. A portable water treatment plant has been sent to the site and is expected to be in operation shortly. Wildlife deterrents have been deployed and the area is being fenced to prevent wildlife incursion.

The southern portion of the Athabasca Pipeline system was safely restarted at 11 p.m. (MDT) June 23 and operations between Cheecham and Hardisty have been restored. The line segment north of Cheecham remains shut down until Enbridge can ensure its safe restart.

Enbridge’s Athabasca (Line 19) and Wood Buffalo/Waupisoo (Line 75/18), which share a portion of right of way with Line 37, had been shut down as a precaution.

The Waupisoo/Wood Buffalo pipelines remain shut down pending completion of geo-technical inspections and assurance that the lines can be safely returned to service.

Heavy rain is falling on the site as of 12:30 p.m. (MDT). Environment Canada has forecast rain and temperatures of up to 26 Celsius between today and June 28.

Enbridge is in contact with our customers and keeping them advised of the status of our system.

Update – Sunday, June 23, 2013

Clean-up operations continued Sunday, June 23, 2013, in response to a crude oil release June 22 release of Light Synthetic Crude oil from Line 37 near Enbridge's Cheecham station, approximately 70 kilometers (44 miles) southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta. An estimated 750 barrels was released. The pipeline was isolated and shut down at 5:21 a.m. MDT, within 10 minutes of detection of a potential hazard from our Materials Balance System.

A portion of the oil entered a small creek and an unnamed lake near the pipeline right of way. Containment booms and absorbent mats have been deployed to contain the oil. The oil released has been contained. As of this morning six sections of containment boom had been deployed.

Approximately 60 personnel were on site as of this morning. Responders and support resources have been dispatched from Fort McMurray, Lac La Biche, Edmonton, Hardisty and Kerrobert, Saskatchewan.

The release occurred in a remote area accessible by helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. Enbridge is using rig mats to allow access to the site by vacuum trucks and skimmers, which will be used to remove product from the area. The mats distribute the weight of heavy equipment across a wide area to reduce environmental damage. The 18 foot-by-40 foot mats are laid in pairs. As of 8 a.m. MDT approximately 600 feet of double-wide mat were laid near the site. Approximately 27 truckloads of rig mats are scheduled to arrive today.

No injuries or evacuations have occurred. No potable water wells are affected by the release. No air-quality issues have been identified.

Enbridge is in contact with our customers along the line and keeping them advised of the status of our system.

Wildlife deterrents have been deployed and the area is being fenced to prevent wildlife incursion.

Line 37 is a 12-inch diameter, 17 kilometer (11 mile) pipeline that links the Long Lake oil-sands upgrader with Enbridge’s Athabasca system.

The Waupisoo pipeline is 385-kilometer (237-mile) system with annual capacity of up to 600,000 barrels a day (depending on crude viscosity) that runs from the Cheecham terminal to Edmonton.

The Athabasca pipeline has a capacity of 345,000 barrels a day and runs 541 kilometers (336 miles) from Enbridge’s Athabasca terminal to Hardisty, Alberta.


News Release - Enbridge Shuts Line 37 Near Cheecham Alberta After Light Synthetic Crude Released - Calgary, Alberta -- Marketwired - June 23, 2013

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