Enbridge Announced Open Seasons on Express Pipeline

Open seasons for existing and expanded capacities on the Express Pipeline Limited Partnership pipeline in Canada has been announced by Enbridge Inc. The service originates at Hardisty, Alberta and has delivery points on the Express Pipeline LLC pipeline in the US.

"Given the shortage of pipeline capacity out of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Enbridge has been exploring options to provide industry with incremental near-term capacity," said Guy Jarvis, Executive Vice President Liquids Pipelines. "The efficient expansion capacity on the Express Pipeline being offered in this open season will provide additional takeaway capacity, which we believe will be well received by the shipping community."

The open season for existing capacity will begin at 8 am MDT on 3 July 2019 and end at 12 pm MDT on 7 August 2019 and the open season for expanded capacity will begin at 8 am MDT on 3 July 2019 and end at 12 pm MDT on 23 August 2019.


Michigan AG and Enbridge at Odds Over Oil Pipeline in Great Lakes

On Thursday, the attorney general of Michigan filed suit to shut down Enbridge’s 66-year-old twin pipelines in the Great Lakes. He said there is an “unacceptable risk” making it dangerous for the state to wait 5 to 10 years for replacements to get built.

Additionally, this past week, Democrat Dana Nessel dismissed the legality of a deal former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge had made allowing the company to continue adding a tunnel below their Line 5. Since the deal was made, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Enbridge have been in talks with Whitmer pushing for the project to be finished in 2 years, while Enbridge arguing they could not finish before 2024.

Nessel says she has “consistently stated that Enbridge’s pipelines in the Straits need to be shut down as soon as possible because they present an unacceptable risk to the Great Lakes…because of the very real risk of further anchor strikes, the inherent risks of pipeline operations and the foreseeable, catastrophic effects if an oil spill occurs at the Straits."

In opposition to their pipelines being shut down, Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy has stated their decommission would be a “serious disruption” to Michigan’s energy market and supply. Line 5 provides 55% of Michigan’s propane needs, as well as 65% for northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and a large portion of aviation fuel at the Detroit Metro Airport.

Duffy adds that Enbridge “remains open to discussions with the governor,” and “is deeply committed to being part of Michigan’s future. We believe the Straits tunnel is the best way to protect the community and the Great Lakes while safely meeting Michigan’s energy needs.”

The pipes were put into operation in 1953 and, as Enbridge has said, are able to operate “indefinitely,” however opponents worry the construction on the tunnel encasing the Line 5 could prolong a possible unprotected accident or spill in the Straits area. Nessel’s suit addresses the anchor strike possibility and calls on an Ingham County judge to overrule the operation of the pipelines as they violate the public trust doctrine and the Michigan Environmental Protection Act as they have the plausibility of causing pollution and destroying natural resources.

Enbridge has brought to attention the safety actions they have put in place to prevent anchor strikes and has requested continued talks with Governor Whitmer with an independent moderator to assist in facilitating discussion as well as pausing their lawsuit filed against her.


Line 5 Pipeline Project Gets Threatened to Scuttle by Michigan Attorney General

In-order to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Macinac, Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel has threatened to “use every resource available”, in a statement on Monday.

It was just a month ago that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered a halt to the work on a tunnel beneath the Straits as part of the plan to replace a section of Line 5. Attorney General was responding to media inquiries regarding her position on the oil pipeline and its fate.

According to Enbridge, replacing the section of Line 5 is the only way to lower the risk of oil leaking into Lakes Huron and Michigan to nearly zero.

Although the Michigan Legislature approved in December 2018 for the pipeline project to replace the 65-year-old line, the battle for the fate of the pipeline still remains.


Kinder Morgan Sells Stake in the Proposed Texas COLT

Kinder Morgan confirmed in a Monday afternoon statement that the company has sold its stake in a proposed offshore crude oil export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico known as Texas COLT to Enbridge, the lead developer in the project.

"Given the ongoing commitment required to move this project forward through the regulatory phase and, after an internal review within Kinder Morgan, it was determined that continuing with the project does not align with our strategic priorities," the company said in a statement.

Texas COLT was launched as a joint venture of Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and German marine terminal operator Oiltanking to accommodate Very Large Crude Carriers, or VLCCs. It was proposed to be built in an area of the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles south of Freeport.

Enbridge officials said in a statement that the joint venture is moving forward without Kinder Morgan and will still be able to provide multiple varieties of U.S. crude oil for export.

"The COLT partnership, which combines Enbridge's leading North American asset portfolio with an international petroleum terminaling company in Oiltanking, continues to be central to the strength of the Texas COLT proposal," Enbridge stated.


Enbridge's Line 3 Pipeline Opening Delayed in Minnesota

The startup plans of Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota by the Canadian-based Enbridge Energy is delayed by a year, the company said on Friday. The company now expects the new pipeline to go into service in the second half of 2020.

The project was approved last summer by the state’s Public Utilities Commission and the initial plan was to put the pipeline into service in the second half of 2019.

But the Minnesota Department of Commerce argued that Enbridge failed to provide legally adequate long-range demand forecasts to establish that is needed.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently said his administration will keep pursuing an appeal of an independent regulatory commission's approval of Enbridge's plan.

According to Enbridge Energy, Line 3 is increasingly prone to cracking and corrosion, and wants to be replaced. But the Native American and environmental activists argue the project risks spills in pristine areas.


$1.5 Billion Valley Crossing Pipeline Placed Into Service

Canadian midstream giant Enbridge filed a Thursday morning notice with FERC stating that the company has placed the Valley Crossing Pipeline into service on Feb. 14.

This $1.5 billion pipeline will move 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas stretching 165 miles from the Agua Dulce hub near Corpus Christi to customers south of the border in Mexico.

Valley Crossing Pipeline has been completed since October and had been waiting for the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline to be completed, which stretches from the U.S./Mexico border to the State of Veracruz and power plants in the Mexican interior.

Valley Crossing Pipeline will be connected to the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline several feet below the sea floor.

Mexico is importing around 6 billion cubic feet of natural per day from the United States and roughly 85 percent of that imported natural gas is delivered via cross-border pipelines while the rest is shipped to liquefied natural gas import terminals.


TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Found to be Likely Cause of Missouri Oil Spill

TransCanada said its Keystone pipeline is the likely culprit of the Missouri oil spill that prompted a segment of the line to be shut last week.

"Preliminary investigation has led TransCanada to believe that the oil discovered in St. Charles county likely originates from the Keystone Pipeline system," a company spokesman said in an email Friday.

The 43-barrel oil leak prompted Enbridge to shut its parallel Platte crude line, before announcing that they would resume operations by last Saturday after investigations led them to be confident enough that the leak was not caused by their pipeline.

TransCanada has approximately 75 people on site to continue to excavate and safely expose the area of concern. The company spokesperson also continued to affirm that there is no threat to public safety or the environment.

PHMSA revealed that the excavation won’t be completed until Sunday.


Enbridge Authorized to Place Cross-Border NatGas Pipeline into Service

Enbridge recently received an order from The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday for the permission to put the cross-border natural gas pipeline into service.

Enbridge has received permission to put the cross-border natural gas pipeline into service after the FERC provided an order on Thursday.

The 165-mile Valley Crossing pipeline begins near the Agua Dulce hub near Corpus Christi and ends under the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles east of the mouth of the Rio Grande. The pipeline is designed to move 2.6 bcfd of natural gas.

Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline, a project that will move natural gas from the border to the Mexican state of Veracruz is also nearing completion.

The Valley Crossing Pipeline has been mechanically complete since October and has been awaiting the Mexican pipeline’s completion, an Enbridge spokesman confirmed.

Once the Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline and The Valley Crossing Pipeline are in operation, they will deliver natural gas from Texas to power plants in Mexico's interior.


Enbridge’s Platte Pipeline Will Restart Saturday As Missouri Oil Leak Investigation Continues

An unidentified leak near St. Louis, Missouri has shut down Enbridge’s Platte Pipeline, however the company has said that it will restart normal operations on Saturday.

Enbridge is “highly confident” that the source of the leak is not from the Platte Pipeline.

The leak being investigated has also prompted TransCanada to shut its Keystone Pipeline between Steele City, Nebraska and Patoka, Illinois. That pipeline runs parallel to Enbridge’s Platte line.

43 barrels of crude oil was released into the soil, according the Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources.


Enbridge Races to Return Part of Damaged Ohio TETCO Pipe Prior to Next Week's Polar Vortex

Ahead of a polar vortex plummeting temperatures to 10-year lows, Enbridge said it plans to restore southbound natural gas flows on part of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Ohio after an explosion on one of three lines earlier this week.

The company said in a late Thursday notice that it was working on returning at least one of the undamaged pipes in the area of the blast to increase north-to-south flows by January 28-30th.

The shutdown on Monday forced drillers to reduce output in the Marcellus and Utica shale, the nation’s biggest gas producing region, just one week prior to the vortex hitting the eastern half of the country.

The region’s total output slipped from 30 billion cubic feet per day, to 29 bcpd after the blast. The 1
bcpd difference is enough to impact 5 million U.S. homes.


Texas Eastern Pipeline to Serve Kentucky and Tennessee After Enbridge Pipeline Explosion

The direction of natural gas flow of Enbridge’s Texas Eastern pipeline in Ohio has been reversed following the explosion of a line on Monday.

The blast injured two people and damaged three homes.

Prior to the blast, gas was flowing south through the damaged section of pipe from the Marcellus and Utica shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia toward the Gulf Coast.

Now, the pipeline will serve customers in states like Tennessee and Kentucky who stopped receiving gas after the explosion.

Enbridge said it isolated two other gas pipes near the 30-inch damaged line as crews safely investigate the integrity of those lines prior to returning them to service.

An estimated return to service date has not been provided.


Enbridge's $500 Million Line 5 Replacement Gets Huge Boost After Senate Approves Bill

The Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to facilitate a deal to replace Enbridge’s 65-year-old Line 5 oil pipeline in the Great Lakes.

The deal results in approved legislation empowering a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline.

The approval was granted by the Michigan Senate following a 25-13 vote on Wednesday.

The bill will now be sent to the House for consideration.

The engineering project is expected to take seven to 10 years to complete and could hit $500 million, all of which the Enbridge would pay.

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Enbridge's Line 5 Pipeline Replacement Gets Boost After 3-2 Vote in Favor of Tunnel

Michigan’s Senate Government Operations Committee passed a bill to help Enbridge implement a deal to replace the line 5 twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel after a 3-2 vote on Wednesday.

The Michigan Governor’s administration says the bridge authority is the logical choice to oversee a pipeline tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. Those opposing the idea say that the authority’'s mission should not be altered so significantly.

Critics describe the 65-year-old pipes as an environmental disaster waiting to happen. In October, the administration currently in charge decided to announce a deal with Enbridge to replace the aging pipes. The current governor hope to lock in the deal prior to leaving office.

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Enbridge's Line 3 Approval Gets Reconfirmation

Minnesota regulators have reconfirmed their support for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement that crosses northern Minnesota.

The company is looking to replace its aging crude oil pipeline, but is faced with fierce opposition.

The Public Utilities Commission on Monday rejected a motion by opponents to reconsider its previous decision to grant a certificate of need for the project.

The commissioners agreed that Enbridge met several additional conditions imposed in June, including requirements for insurance coverage against spills and financial assurance for covering costs of removing pipeline after the end of its life.

Environmental and tribal groups upsettingly walked out of the hearing and marched to the office of Gov. Elect Tim Walz after the decision was made.

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Enbridge's Pipeline to Increase to 85 Per Cent Pressure Following October Explosion

Enbridge’s pipeline that ruptured near Prince George over a month ago will have its natural gas flow increased, the company said.

The 36 inch-pipeline will increase to 85 per cent of its normal operating pressure after the National Energy Board’s amendment order.

The normal operating pressure at the time of the October 9 explosion was 80 per cent. The NEB had ordered Enbridge to limit gas flow at 80 per cent.

The pipeline explosion that ruptured the 36-inch pipeline did not damage the adjacent, smaller, pipe.

Full capacity will return after safety inspections are conducted, the company said.

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Enbridge Puts Texas to Mexico NatGas Pipe into Service

Enbridge announced on Friday that its Texas to Mexico, $1.6 billion Valley Crossing natural gas pipeline entered service on Oct. 31.

The project is designed to carry up to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day through the 165-mile pipe from Texas to Mexico as demand for power generation shifts from plants being powered by fuel oil to imported liquefied natural gas.

Valley Crossing connects in the Gulf of Mexico with the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline. The Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline runs roughly 500 miles in Mexico, making it the biggest gas pipe between the two countries.

According to Enbridge’s website, the project has been under construction since April 2017.



Enbridge B.C. Pipeline to Only Operate at 80 Percent as Strict Monitoring Begins

The National Energy Board (NEB) issued new safety orders for Enbridge’s pipeline explosion site in British Columbia in order to strictly monitor natural gas flows and protect people and the environment.

The federal regulator said in a Friday statement that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 percent pressure levels along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C. and U.S. border.

The October 9th incident resulted in an explosion that ruptured the natural gas pipeline without causing any damage to the adjacent pipeline, which is now supplying natural gas on a reduced basis to about one million customers in the B.C.

In a statement issued Oct. 19 Enbridge said in an October 19th statement that is expects repairs to be completed by mid-November, although natural gas supplies could be limited to 50 to 80 percent of normal levels during the coldest months of the year.

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Enbridge Receives NEB Approval to Restart Pipeline Next to Massive Explosion

Enbridge received NEB approval on Thursday to restart its 30-inch line, which is located in the same right of way as the impacted 36-inch line. They also began a multi-hour process to return the line to service.

In a comprehensive integrity assessment that followed the approval, Enbridge looked for evidence of damage to the pipe, geotechnical and ground disturbance, as well as other potential integrity issues on the 30-inch line.

Enbridge said in an online statement, “Now that the 30-inch line has been deemed fit for service, our restart plan is to gradually bring the line’s pressure up to approximately 80% of normal operating capacity.”

“Once this process is safely completed, some much-need capacity will be restored for our customers.”


Enbridge's Pipeline Explosion Forces 100 to Evacuate

Enbridge’s natural gas transmission pipeline erupted into flames after a rupture occurred at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday. The explosion forced about 100 nearby locals to evacuate their homes.

Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in an emailed statement that the explosion happened 13.5 kilometers from Prince George.

“Enbridge emergency crews have responded, have isolated and are currently depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the vicinity to contain the incident,” he said. “The incident area has been cordoned off to maintain public safety.”

Most residents were allowed back into their homes Wednesday after the evacuation zone was reduced to 1 kilometer from the explosion site.

No injuries or damage was reported beside the pipeline itself. The site is in a rural area.

National Energy Board spokesman Tom Neufeld said the fire was along Enbridge’s Westcoast main line, which falls under the board’s jurisdiction.

“NEB inspectors have been deployed to this area. They’re going to monitor and oversee the company’s response to the incident, and they’re going to determine the impact and extent of the fire and release,” Neufeld said.

The agency will work closely with the Transportation Safety Board, which is responsible for investigating the incident, he added.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Financial Post

Part of Enbridge's Ohio TEAL NatGas Pipeline Now in Service

Enbridge said on Tuesday that part of its Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) natural gas pipeline project in Ohio has been put into service, according to a company filing with U.S. federal energy regulators.

TEAL is designed to be one of several different gas pipelines that connect growing output in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

FERC approved to put the 0.95-billion cubic feet per day TEAL project into service on Sept. 12. The project will serve as a supplement to the $2.6 billion NEXUS gas pipeline from Ohio to Michigan.

Enbridge projected it would be able to put both TEAL and NEXUS into service in the third quarter of 2018.