CHICAGO Enbridge Inc.
plans to spend Canadian $1.8 billion ($1.81 billion) to expand
pipeline capacity between Edmonton and Hardisty in Alberta.
The Calgary, Alberta-based
energy company said the expansion project would include a new
36-inch-diameter pipeline in addition to terminals in both
The new project is expected to
be in service by mid-2015, pending regulatory approval,
Enbridge said last week.
The expanded pipeline is slated
to run approximately 111 miles between Edmonton and Hardisty,
along the same route as Enbridges Line 4 pipeline, which
the company said should minimize its environmental impact.
Enbridge said it expects to
begin construction as early as the first quarter of 2014,
assuming necessary approvals are in hand.
"If approved, the
Edmonton-to-Hardisty project is expected to generate tax
benefits and create economic opportunities in local
communities, where we will strive to use qualified local
contractors and business as much as possible," Enbridge liquids
pipelines president Stephen J. Wuori said in a statement.