Sandpiper Pipeline Project

The Sandpiper Pipeline Project originally proposed in 2013 to construct a 616-mile (991-km) crude oil pipeline from Enbridge’s Beaver Lodge Station, near Tioga, ND, to Enbridge’s Superior Terminal, near Superior, WI has been deferred. The project was proposed by North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC, a joint venture between Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Williston Basin Pipe Line LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Enbridge filed a petition to withdraw its Sandpiper Pipeline Project applications before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MNPUC) on September 1, 2016. The MNPUC unanimously approved the withdrawal of those applications on October 28, 2016. Due to market changes and our customer’s near-term need to access and transport Bakken crude oil, we have decided to re-evaluate Sandpiper and delay it until market conditions support the need for additional pipeline infrastructure.

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Project overview:

  • Type: Crude oil pipeline
  • Status: Application Withdrawn September 1, 2016, MN PUC Approved withdraw of application October 28, 2016
  • Length: 616 miles (991 km)
  • Expected initial capacity: 250,000 barrels per day between Tioga and Berthold, ND; 225,000 bpd between Berthold and Clearbrook; 375,000 bpd between Clearbrook and Superior
  • Estimated to transport: Light Bakken crude
  • In-service date: Early 2019, pending receipt of regulatory approval
  • Estimated capital cost: $2.6 billion
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