NEB approves extension to Enbridge's Line 4 Pipeline

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15 April 2008

CALGARY - The National Energy Board (NEB, the Board) has approved a 180-kilometre extension to Enbridge Pipeline Inc.'s (Enbridge) Line 4. The Board also approved Enbridge's application for its tolling method and to reactivate three sections of pre-existing pipeline.

The Enbridge Mainline from Edmonton to Hardisty currently includes three oil pipelines, while the Enbridge Mainline downstream of Hardisty includes four oil pipelines. This project is intended to extend Line 4 upstream from Hardisty to Edmonton to relieve a potential bottleneck.

Enbridge plans to construct 137.6 kilometres of new 914 mm (36-inch) diameter pipe that will be connected to three pre-existing, but currently inactive segments of 1219 mm (48-inch) diameter pipe. The proposed $300 million upgrade to Enbridge's highest capacity line would match the current Line 4 capacity of 140 000 cubic metres or 880 600 barrels of crude per day.

The Board noted in its Reasons for Decision, released today, that the benefits of this project outweigh the burdens associated with it. The project triggered an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act which found that it is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

The NEB attached 15 conditions to its approval, including a requirement for Enbridge to file an updated Environmental Protection Plan for the Board's approval, at least 45 days before construction at the existing Line 4 station facilities begins.


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