Enbridge oil pipelines approved for reversal and expansion
March 7, 2014
Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) announced today that after a rigorous and thorough regulatory review process, Canada's pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB) has approved the flow reversal and expansion of Enbridge's Line 9B between Westover, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. Combined with the previously approved project to reverse Line 9A between Sarnia, Ontario and Westover, these projects will enable the delivery of reliable, competitive North American crude oil for Ontario and Quebec based refineries.
The NEB, in its decision stated that: "The Board's decision enables Enbridge to react to market forces and provide benefits to Canadians, while at the same time implementing the Project in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner."
"The benefits of the reversal of Line 9B are clear," said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer, Enbridge Inc. "For Quebec, bringing a new, reliable supply of competitively priced crude oil to respond to the needs of Quebec-based refineries will protect more than 4,000 jobs, sustain a vibrant petrochemical industry and strengthen the economy. For our customers, Line 9B reversal is an important component of our broader market access initiatives to open up and expand connections to key refining markets. Core to our strategy is to reduce our industry's environmental footprint which is why our first choice is always to use existing infrastructure."
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