By CAROLYN KING
Enbridge said Friday it will move ahead with a 6.2 billion
Canadian dollar ($6.25 billion) plan to expand pipeline
capacity to ship out growing light-oil output from North Dakota
and Western Canada.
The program is one of several projects the big Calgary, Alberta
company and others have unveiled this year to respond to
booming North American energy output, particularly in the
continental Midwest, where pipeline constraints have led to
bottlenecks and lower prices for the region's crude.
The multi-year expansion should boost Enbridge's
ability to ship oil to refineries in Ontario, Quebec and the US
Midwest by some 400,000 bpd, the company said.
Last month, Enbridge announced a C$1.8 billion expansion of its Edmonton-Hardisty
line in Alberta as well as a rail venture in Pennsylvania to
deliver Bakken and other light sweet crude oil to refineries in
the Philadelphia area.
The latest program will involve expansion of the company's North
Dakota regional pipeline system, expanded capacity on
its US mainline system and other infrastructure, and will
provide access from the Enbridge system to refinery markets in eastern Canada
and the US Midwest.
The company will jointly fund the program with its Enbridge
Energy Partners, L.P. affiliate, with the latter investing
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