Enbridge's economic impact on North Dakota

As the world’s population grows, we’ll need all forms of energy—crude oil, natural gas, renewables—to meet rising global energy demand.

As a company with both pipelines and wind turbines, Enbridge is delivering energy security and driving transformation toward a lower-carbon economy.

And we’re proud to deliver economic benefits in the U.S. states and the Canadian provinces where we do business.

Economic spinoffs*

Enbridge’s ongoing operations, and planned projects, continue to stimulate local and regional economies. Through procurement spending, we’re helping to create indirect employment, support local businesses, and establish economic spinoffs. In 2016:

  • Our capital expenditures in North Dakota, on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments, and capital leases, totaled $180 million;
  • Our operating and administrative expenditures in North Dakota, such as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, totaled $221 million; and
  • Across the United States, our capital expenditures totaled $1.5 billion, while operating and administrative expenditures totaled $1.76 billion.

Our workforce

Enbridge’s people live and work in communities like yours as colleagues, neighbors and friends. In 2016:

  • Enbridge’s workforce included 136 North Dakota-based permanent and temporary employees,  and provisioned contractors, at year’s end;
  • Enbridge paid $11.7 million in base salary to our North Dakota-based permanent and temporary employees—much of that injected directly into the state economy; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge had an American workforce of 2,547 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year's end, and paid $203.8 million in base salary to our permanent and temporary employees in the U.S.

Tax revenue

Enbridge’s presence in the community fuels quality of life through ongoing tax revenue. In 2016:

  • Enbridge paid $6.64 million in property tax across North Dakota for our pipelines and related facilities, such as terminals, storage facilities, pump stations and compressor stations;
  • Enbridge paid $1.12 million in sales-and-use taxes, $111,900 in corporate income tax, and $161,800 in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax and excise tax), across the state of North Dakota; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge paid $229.57 million in property taxes, $20.29 million in sales and use taxes, $13.4 million in corporate income tax, and $22.82 million in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across the U.S., for a total of $286.09 million.

This revenue is used for schools, infrastructure (roads and bridges), health and wellness, recreation, transportation and other services that help strengthen the fabric of the community.

Community investment

Enbridge is committed to supporting and strengthening the communities near our pipelines and facilities, and being a good neighbor means the world to us. In 2016:

  • Enbridge invested $275,291 in community-strengthening initiatives across North Dakota—and supported numerous not-for-profit agencies in the state—aligned to our three focus areas of health and safety, environment, and community;
  • Across North America, Enbridge invested more than $13.4 million in communities near our pipelines, projects and facilities, supporting initiatives that focus on health and safety, environment, and community; and
  • Enbridge’s various employee-driven United Way campaigns from across the U.S. and Canada, including a $194,000 campaign in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions, raised $5.93 million. That total, which includes employee donations, special events, and corporate matching, will help sustain community outreach, poverty reduction, and educational initiatives being coordinated by United Way chapters near Enbridge’s projects and operations.


*—All amounts are based on annual forecasting estimates which, while reasonably accurate, may not align precisely with procurement spending totals reported elsewhere by Enbridge and may not reflect actual amounts spent.