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  • rlp2451 rlp2451 Mar 2, 2013 8:20 AM Flag

    Pipeline Expansions Scheduled for WCSB and Mid Continent US Oils

    Enbridge has made regulatory filings to expand one of its heavy crude pipelines, (also known as Alberta Clipper), from Hardisty Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, by 120,000 bpd to 570,000 bpd, with potential to go to 800,000 bpd. The company has also announced that it has shipper support to add a new pipeline from Edmonton to Hardisty with stated initial capacity of 570,000 bpd, expandable to 800,000 bpd, and a potential 2015 in-service date.

    In addition, as summarized in there is substantial pipeline capacity coming online to take WCSB crude oils through the U.S. heartland and out to markets in both the Gulf Coast and Eastern Canada. Most of these projects would also support taking either Bakken, Rocky Mountain, or Midcontinent U.S. crudes to these same markets. These projects are, for the most part, in addition to those known during the development of the 2011 Final EIS.

    Plains All American and Enbridge have projects that will take Bakken crude either north (back up into Canada) or east, in all cases connecting in to the Enbridge Mainline system that runs cross-border into northern PADD 2. Enbridge, and also Kinder Morgan, are expanding capacity to bring crude oils from northern PADD 2, (Chicago area), and PADD 4 south to Cushing, which continues to be expanded as a crude oil hub. Expansions are also being made to pipelines from West Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas into Cushing to bring in growing production from those regions.

    Enbridge has an array of projects under the heading “Eastern Access” to increase capacity to take WCSB, and also potentially Bakken, crudes to refineries in eastern PADD 2 but primarily in Sarnia, Ontario, and potentially Quebec and Montreal.

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    • The U.S. crude logistics system has, until recently, included only one pipeline, the 93,000 bpd Pegasus line, that runs from PADD 2 to PADD 3 (the Gulf Coast). This was because, historically, the flow of crude oils was northward from PADD 3 to PADD 2. In 2012, reversal of the existing Seaway pipeline was completed so that it now runs south from Cushing to the Gulf Coast. Initial capacity of 150,000 bpd in the reversed direction was increased to 400,000 bpd in January 2013 by adding pumping capacity. The owners of the pipeline are also twinning it, adding another 450,000 bpd of capacity for a total of 850,000 bpd. Construction on TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Project is proceeding. The TransCanada Gulf Coast Project is the renamed southern segment of the previous Keystone XL pipeline project. While originally a single permit application, the project always comprised two separate potential construction projects, northern and southern, which would add another 830,000 bpd of transport capacity between those locations, again, from Cushing to the Gulf Coast. Just recently, Enbridge and Energy Transfer Partners, LP, announced plans to convert one of three pipelines of the Trunkline system from natural gas transmission to crude oil service, which would allow
      transport of up to 660,000 bpd from Patoka, Illinois, to the Gulf Coast area. These combined projects add a total of 2.34 million bpd of new pipeline capacity between PADD 2 and PADD 3 that did not exist when the Final EIS was published.

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      • There are, however, notable differences between the two sets of capacity. The bulk of the
        pipeline expansions are designed to move Bakken crude either north or east into the Enbridge
        Mainline system (or possibly the existing Keystone Mainline). Thus, these expansions do not
        directly move the Bakken crude out of the Midwest (PADD 2). Rather, they are reliant on
        expansions to additional lines, generally either south to the Gulf Coast or east to eastern PADD 2
        and eastern Canada to move the Bakken crude to additional markets. In contrast, the rail
        takeaway systems have been set up primarily to move Bakken crude directly to coastal markets.
        Only one new unit train terminal has been built inland with access to Cushing: the terminal at
        Stroud, Oklahoma. Conversely, unit train off-loading capacity on the Gulf Coast is estimated to
        be more than 600,000 bpd by early 2013. This encompasses capacity for both light and heavy
        crudes. Gulf Coast off-loading capacity is projected to be exceeded, however, by the U.S. East
        Coast off-loading capacity. Off-loading capacity on the U.S. East Coast was minimal in early
        2012, but is projected to reach over 800,000 bpd by the end of 2013. Moreover, an additional
        70,000 bpd of off-loading capacity is available in New Brunswick, Canada. Finally, rail
        off-loading capacity in Washington and California is expected to reach 135,000 bpd during 2013.

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