Enbridge pipeline reversal approved by National Energy Board

Enbridge Inc. has received National Energy Board approval for a proposed flow reversal in a pipeline between southern Ontario and Quebec. The oil company’s proposal had generated significant public interest and controversy, in part because of plans to increase the flow from 240,000 barrels per day to 300,000 bpd. Enbridge will also be permitted to move heavy crude oil from Alberta oil sands. Approval comes several months after public hearings were held, and two years after the proposal was first put forward.

In its own statement about the approval, Enbridge says that the approval “will enable the delivery of reliable, competitive North American crude oil for Ontario and Quebec based refineries.”

Enbridge-Line9-oilsands-Alberta-Ontario-Quebec-EDIWeekly

“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.”

Enbridge must satisfy thirty conditions imposed by the NEB before proceeding with the reversal. The conditions include requirements that Enbridge demonstrate  pipeline integrity and show emergency readiness in case of a spill. Enbridge must file an environmental protection plan with the NEB. An ongoing consultative process between Enbridge and the NEB is also required.

Groups that expressed concerns about the plan included environmental organizations, municipalities and private citizens. One common complaint was that the line is old—it was built in 1976—and  prone to leaks. Some feel a leak is inevitable.

The reversal of Line 9B, a 639-kilometre section of Line 9 from Westover, Ontario to Montreal, represents the second and final phase of Enbridge’s Eastern Canadian Refinery Access Initiative. The NEB approved the reversal of Line 9A, a 246 km section between Sarnia and Westover on July 27, 2012. Enbridge completed the reversal in August, 2013 and Line 9A is flowing in a west to east direction providing supply to Ontario’s Nanticoke refinery.

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Lead-free plumbing requirements affect valve selection for water systems
  • Solar energy a good investment, claims World Economic Forum
  • North American oil and gas industry has trouble finding workers
  • Petronas deal could get LNG moving in Canada
  • The three different types of Artificial Intelligence – ANI, AGI and ASI
  • Ontario Local Food Bill hailed by farm/food groups
  • Nanotechnology key to energy storage, solar energy industries
  • Mixed news for industrial production capacity, employment
  • Windsor-Detroit bridge can proceed as final obstacles fall
  • Scientists Work to Grow, Create, Imitate Organs and Tissue
  • Powering the Future through Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells?
  • Ford to boost profits by cutting 1400 salaried workers in North America and Asia
  • Bombardier CSeries finally flies the skies of Paris
  • California to test grid-scale power-to-gas energy storage
  • Oil production should grow 33 per cent in Canada by 2030, despite lower oilsands spending
  • Ontario trade mission to Korea focused on nuclear industry
  • Wave energy farm in Scotland to use Oysters
  • 21 auto parts companies in Ontario invest in new technologies with help from Ontario Government
  • Bombardier Transportation workers ratify contract
  • Artificial pancreas would reduce need for self-care by diabetics, improve insulin delivery
Scroll to Top