Minnesota Lawmakers OK Line 3 Construction Bill

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Both houses of the Minnesota Legislature have approved legislation enabling Enbridge to move forward with the $2.9 billion Line 3 Replacement project without regulatory approval. The project is part of the company’s $7 billion investment to upgrade Line 3, which transports light, medium and heavy crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wis, and is expected to commence operations during the second half of 2019.

Enbridge’s existing 1,097-mile Line 3 pipeline is currently operating at just over half of its maximum capacity due to safety concerns identified during an assessment conducted in 2013. The company has submitted an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to replace the state’s current 282-mile, 34-inch section with a 337-mile, 36-inch line that will run on a new route and is capable of transporting 760,000 bpd.

The PUC is expected to rule next month whether to approve the project.
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