Enbridge to Undertake $0.4 Billion Mainline Expansion Between North Dakota and Chicago Hub

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May 16, 2012

Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) and Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. (EEP) (NYSE:EEP) today announced approximately $0.4 billion of projects to expand capacity of the Lakehead System mainline between its origin near Neche, North Dakota, to its growing terminal hub in Flanagan, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. The current scope of the projects includes expansion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline (Line 67) between the border and Superior, Wisconsin from 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 570,000 bpd; and expansion of the Southern Access pipeline (Line 61) between Superior and Flanagan, Illinois from 400,000 bpd to 560,000 bpd. Both projects require only the addition of pumping horsepower, with no line pipe construction. Alberta Clipper and Southern Access are both held in Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (EELP) which will be fully funded by EEP for the cost of the expansions. The scope of the expansions remains under discussion with and subject to approval by shippers, which could lead to an upward revision to capacity and cost.

Subject to finalization of scope and shipper approval, the expansions will be undertaken by EELP on a full cost-of-service basis, and are expected to be available for service in mid 2014. The expansions are designed to accommodate increased throughput on the Lakehead System for deliveries to Enbridge's Gulf Coast Access and Eastern Access mainline extension projects, as well as growth in Chicago area refinery requirements.

"The border to Flanagan mainline expansion projects provide another attractive investment opportunity for EEP and complement Enbridge's market access strategic initiatives," said Stephen J. Wuori, President, Liquids Pipelines for Enbridge. "Both Alberta Clipper and Southern Access have substantial low cost expansion potential. The current projects will just tap the first layer of that potential, leaving plenty of scope for further expansions in the future."

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