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New pipeline for Enbridge

Enbridge Inc., already the dominant shipper of oilsands crude, is expanding its Northern Alberta presence with a $370 million pipeline linking a Suncor Energy Inc. plant to its existing pipeline system.

Enbridge Inc., already the dominant shipper of oilsands crude, is expanding its Northern Alberta presence with a $370 million pipeline linking a Suncor Energy Inc. plant to its existing pipeline system.

“As the largest operator of oilsands regional infrastructure, and with our corresponding ability to provide favourable and competitive transportation solutions to producers, we expect to see continued attractive investment opportunities of this sort for some time to come,” said Steve Wuori, the Enbridge executive in charge of liquids pipelines.

The pipeline giant said Thursday it will build a new 95-kilometre line connecting a terminal near Suncor’s oilsands plant to the origin point of its Waupisoo Pipeline. Waupisoo funnels oilsands crude to an Edmonton-area hub.

The new Wood Buffalo pipeline will run parallel to the Athabasca pipeline Suncor currently uses. Suncor will continue to use the Athabasca line as well, Enbridge said.

Enbridge, which has a North American continental pipeline system stretching from northern Canada to the southern United States, has announced $1.6 billion in spending plans over the past year to expand its oilsands regional system.

 
 
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