Line 3 Replacement Project Could Exceed C$9 Billion

Delays to permits in the United States will cause Line 3 replacement project cost to exceed previous cost estimate of C$9 billion ($6.71 billion), Enbridge Inc, said on Friday.

The company said in March that the in-service date would be the second half of 2020 and reason for the delay is of slower-than-expected permitting in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Line 3 will carry 760,000 barrels per day of western Canadian crude to U.S. markets, once completed.

“The late schedule likely means higher costs on the U.S. side although we are running under budget in Canada,” Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco said, adding that returns remained “very robust” and the company did not expect any cost overruns to be material to its financial outlook.