Diluent Access

The Southern Lights Pipeline transports diluent supply from various sources through the U.S. Midwest to Western Canada’s heavy oil production regions.

Southern Lights
Originating from Manhattan, Illinois, Southern Lights sources its diluent from the U.S. Gulf Coast, mid-continent and Midwest refineries via interconnections to existing crude and refined products pipelines and delivers it to Western Canada’s crude oil hubs. Southern Lights receives product from three connecting carriers at the Manhattan Terminal in Illinois—BP, Enterprise and Explorer pipelines.  At the terminus of the system in Edmonton, Alberta, Southern Lights has direct delivery connections to the CRW pool, Keyera, Gibson, Pembina, Plains and Access pipelines. Currently, there is also a direct delivery connection to the Enbridge Mainline at Hardisty, Alberta, and to Plains at Kerrobert, Saskatchewan.  The annual average capacity of Southern Lights is 180,000 bpd, of which 162,000 bpd is secured by long-term contracts. As referenced in the Oil Sands Infrastructure Development section, the Norlite Project is a key component of Enbridge’s overall diluent strategy, extending diluent delivery into the Oil Sands region.