Enbridge is getting set for a major project that will snake its way through Southern Manitoba, and activity has been well observed in the Winkler and Morden area.
Over the last several weeks, pipes have been moving into the area by the truck and trainload to a storage site along the corridor between the two communities on the south side of Highway 3.
Enbridge Spokesperson, Suzanne Wilton said the company plans to replace their entire 1,600 kilometre main line, (Line 3) which runs from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Wilton noted replacing the pipeline will make it safer and restore it to its full capacity.
Wilton said they have storage sites like the one between Winkler and Morden at various locations right across the entire length of the pipeline. She said these storage sites allow them to mobilize and put pipe in storage so that’s it’s ready for when they need it. “Pipe is the longest item of lead time, and so we procur the material well in advance, have it engineered and ready so that when we actually need it, we can fully mobilize.”
Enbridge received approval in Canada late last year to undertake this project, and Wilton said they are currently in the pre-construction phase. “Of course all of this is pending U.S. regularatory approval,” said Wilton. “But given the long lead time of the project we’re now beginning some of those activies that’ll be required that when we do go into contruction, we’re ready.”
Wilton said the new Line 3 pipline is not scheduled into service until 2019. She said they may start some construction sometime this summer, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan. “This is just providing us plenty of lead time. That pipe will stay in storage until we actually need to move it onto the right of way in the construction phase.”
Line 3, comes through Manitoba south of Brandon, runs down through the Morden area, and ultimately crosses the into the U.S. at Gretna.
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