As the world transitions to a lower-carbon energy future, natural gas will play a vital role—as a replacement fuel for coal in electricity generation, a low-carbon source of home heating, a lower-emission fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and large transportation fleets, and a complement to the growth of renewable energy.
Enbridge is a major player in North America’s natural gas industry, with gathering, transportation, processing and storage facilities from Texas to Maine to Florida to British Columbia. We move about 23% of all natural gas consumed in the United States, serving key supply basins and demand markets.
Enbridge has an ownership stake in 77,389 miles of gathering lines, 27,403 miles of transmission lines, and 100,632 miles of distribution lines—a total of 205,424 miles of natural gas and NGL pipelines—across North America and the Gulf of Mexico. These totals include the pipeline network of DCP Midstream, a 50-50 joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Phillips 66, and other joint ventures.
Our natural gas operations include:
DCP Midstream, headquartered in Denver, CO, is the largest producer of natural gas liquids and the largest natural gas processor in the United States. DCP Midstream gathers, treats, compresses, processes, transports, markets and stores natural gas. Additionally, DCP Midstream produces, fractionates, transports, trades and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs).
DCP Midstream gathers raw natural gas through approximately 66,500 miles of gathering pipe and processes it through 64 owned or operated plants. Through DCP Midstream’s 12 fractionating facilities, the market leader separates NGLs from the raw natural gas and “fractionates” the liquids into its individual ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline components.
DCP Midstream has a processing capacity of more than 8 billion cubic feet per day, natural gas storage capacity of 12 billion cubic feet, NGLs pipeline peak-day capacity of 0.522 billion barrels per day, NGLs storage capacity of 8 million barrels, and NGLs fractionation capacity of 0.184 billion barrels per day.
DCP Midstream’s footprint includes:
DCP Midstream is a 50-50 joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Phillips 66.
We transport natural gas thousands of miles across the United States through a complex network of transmission pipelines, designed to safely, quickly and efficiently transport natural gas from its origin to areas of high demand.
These assets include:
Enbridge’s Canadian midstream operations, based in northeast B.C., Alberta, Northwest Territories and the Yukon, connect one of the most important natural gas supply sources in North America—the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin—with growing North American markets.
Since 1957, we have achieved a prominent market position in Western Canada through development projects and through the strategic acquisition of assets. We are well positioned to serve North America as well as emerging Asian markets. Our midstream operations include:
Our Western Canadian operations also include the 1,751-mile (2,818-km) BC Pipeline transmission system, stretching from Fort Nelson to the Canada-U.S. border at Huntingdon-Sumas. The BC Pipeline transports about 60 percent of the natural gas produced in British Columbia, and supplies about 50 percent of natural gas demand in the American states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
With 19 mainline compressor stations, a compression horsepower total of 622,000, and eight interconnecting third-party pipelines, the BC Pipeline can transport 2.9 billion cubic feet (Bcf/d) of natural gas a day.
Our U.S. gathering and processing assets encompass thousands of miles of natural gas gathering and transportation lines, as well as natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines and processing plants in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
These assets include:
Enbridge has an ownership interest in Alliance Pipeline, which transports liquids-rich natural gas from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and the Williston Basin to the Chicago natural gas market hub. The Alliance system is ideally positioned to benefit from production growth in a number of liquids-rich natural gas shale plays, particularly the Montney and Duvernay in western Canada, as well as the Bakken in North Dakota.
In the U.S., Enbridge has an ownership interest in natural gas assets, both upstream and downstream of the Alliance Pipeline, operated by Aux Sable U.S. They include:
Enbridge has an ownership interest in Vector Pipeline, which connects with Alliance Pipeline and other pipelines near Chicago, and delivers natural gas to local distribution and end-user customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario.