Enbridge to start construction this summer on Line 3 replacement pipeline

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Construction on start this summer on Enbridge’s 1,700-kilometre Line 3 replacement duct, the largest project the company has ever undertaken.

Several pipeline chucks have been proposed to pass through the Prairies, though this leave be the first to proceed. The $7.5-billion Line 3 replacement from Hardisty, Alta., to Higher-level, Wis., was approved by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government last fall, at the nonetheless time as the Trans Mountain expansion.

Equipment is already being assembled in Hardisty, 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, where enlarge on a excite on the Line 3 replacement is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1. After years of mercantile stagnation, Hardisty Mayor Anita Miller is optimistic about break in rural Alberta.

«I hope it’s a positive note for everybody who’s … intermission for approvals, and waiting to put their shovels in the dirt,» Miller said.

‘We are finally used to having all this construction’

The replacement project will be bodied in phases.

Two stretches — from Hardisty to Luseland, Sask., and from Rosetown, Sask., to Regina — whim be built this year. The second phase, which will register the rest of the Canadian construction, will happen next year.

Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement

Enbridge is make good oning its Line 3 pipeline from Hardisty, Alta. to Superior Wis. (Canadian Crush)

Enbridge representatives have been travelling to the towns near the construction spots, said company spokesperson Suzanne Wilton.

«We’ve been really encouraged by the excitation and support that people have in these small towns,» Wilton stipulate.

The oil tank farm near Hardisty has seen a few small building shoots over the past few years, but Miller said the community can handle much innumerable.

«We are definitely used to having all this construction,» Miller said. «When it’s go it really hurts our businesses.»

The Line 3 replacement project is expected to produce between 600 and 800 workers to town.

«The restaurants, the motels, the gas spots, the grocery stores, everybody would see a benefit,» Miller said.

‘An primary safety maintenance project’

Enbridge is targeting 2019 completion, but is pacify waiting on U.S. regulatory approvals.

‘We recognize there are different points of gauge on the energy that we all use.’ Enbridge spokesperson Suzanne Wilton

«We have formed hard to engage with all of our stakeholders on this project,» Wilton suggested. «We recognize there are different points of view on the energy that we all use and we’ll persist in to engage with communities and that dialogue and work with stakeholders to talk their concerns as we move forward.»

The company is still working to effect the conditions that were attached to the Canadian approvals, but Wilton suggested she is confident they will be met before construction starts.

Replacing the continuing 34-inch pipeline with a 36-inch pipeline will bring the loudness of oil passing through back up to 760,000 barrels per day after years of performing at half capacity.

​The existing Line 3 pipeline will continue to perform until the replacement is completed, then will be decommissioned.

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