Enbridge announced today that construction on the upgrade of its Line 3 crude oil pipeline across Minnesota is “substantially complete” and will be operational on Friday. The project will help ensure reliable delivery of crude to U.S. refineries, and was necessary to replace an aging line originally built in the 1960s which could only operate at half of its intended capacity. Enbridge expects to start running the pipeline at its full capacity of 760,000 barrels per day in mid-October.
The 1,097 mile pipeline starts in Alberta, Canada, crosses a corner of North Dakota, and spans Minnesota before terminating at Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition:
“The GAIN Coalition congratulates Enbridge and its dedicated workforce of tradesmen and women for the completion of its Line 3 upgrade project in Minnesota. Despite years of extraneous legal challenges, regulatory hurdles, and unlawful protests, the new pipeline will soon be transporting much-needed resources to American energy consumers. Beyond ensuring reliable and affordable access to North American oil, this critical piece of infrastructure will support the U.S. economy, strengthen U.S.-Canada relations, and promote American national security interests at home and abroad.”