Norlite Pipeline Project

The Norlite Pipeline Project involves construction of a 24-inch-diameter diluent pipeline, originating at Enbridge’s Stonefell Terminal, in Strathcona County, AB, and terminating at Enbridge’s Fort McMurray South Facility, near Fort McMurray, AB, with a transfer line to Suncor's East Tank Farm. The project also includes associated pumping and tankage infrastructure.

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The 446-km Norlite Pipeline Project (The Project) will ship diluent (a product that is used to make heavy oil lighter and easier to transport) from the Enbridge Stonefell site to the Enbridge Fort McMurray South Facility and the Suncor East Tank farm near Fort McMurray. Wherever possible, the pipeline route will follow existing pipeline rights-of-way, utility corridors and road allowances to ensure minimal environmental impact. Enbridge will employ industry-proven construction techniques for each of the planned crossings such as water courses, railways, roads and other pipelines. On August 4, 2015, Enbridge received AER approval for the Project. Construction started in summer 2015, and the project was placed into service during the second quarter of 2017.

The Project includes:

  • A new pipeline approximately 446 km in length and up to 610mm (24 inches) in diameter to transport diluent from the Enbridge Stonefell site to the Enbridge Fort McMurray South Facility and the Suncor East Tank Farm near Fort McMurray;
  • Four, 3,000 HP (2,237 kW) mainline pumps and a 1,000 barrel tank at Enbridge’s Stonefell site;
  • A 1,000 barrel tank at the Suncor East Tank Farm.


If you have any questions or concerns or if you require further information regarding the Norlite Pipeline Project or Enbridge’s public involvement process, please call our Project toll-free line at 1-888-263-3654 and leave your contact information or e-mail at Calls and e-mail will be responded to promptly.

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Project overview:

  • Type: Crude oil and liquids pipeline
  • Status: In service
  • Length: 277 miles (446 km)
  • Expected in-service date: Entered service Q2 2017
  • Expected initial capacity: 130,000 barrels per day (expandable to 400,000 bpd)
  • Expected to transport: Diluent
  • Estimated capital cost: $1.4 billion

Project Information:

Community Outreach

Enbridge believes in open and transparent communication with all landowners, communities, Aboriginal groups, and other stakeholders in proximity to its projects and operations. Through our public consultation and Aboriginal engagement programs for The Project, we intend to build public awareness and understanding, gather input, and answer any questions you may have regarding The Project.

A participant involvement program began in 2013 and has been ongoing. Stakeholder communication will continue through the lifecycle of the pipeline.

To learn more about our community investment program, visit our Community Investment section.