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Line 9 Reversal Start Up Expected Early In November

(September 30, 2014)…Quebec refiners should once again have access to Western Canadian crude by early November with the start up of the Line 9 reversal and expansion, an Enbridge Inc. company executives said today.

The $700 million project will transport crude from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal and increase the capacity of the pipeline to up to 300,000 bbls per day from 240,000 bbls per day. It will provide markets in Quebec for Western Canadian and Bakken light crude production, Guy Jarvis, president of liquids pipelines, told an Enbridge investor day in Toronto.

Producer netbacks also are expected to improve with access the premium-priced market or in some cases as they take advantage of lower pipeline tolls compared to more expensive railway access, he said.

While the reversal and expansion project was straightforward from an engineering standpoint, it faced public opposition, including occupations at several worksites over the summer, said Byron Neiles, senior vice-president of major projects. “That just really underscores the importance of consultation with communities and landowners to earn their confidence, he said.

The pipeline originally was built to transport Western Canada crude to Ontario and Quebec as part of the National Energy Program but later was reversed, bringing foreign crude to Ontario refineries as refineries looked to access cheaper crude.