The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is continuing to support Enbridge’s US$5.5 billion Line 3 crude oil pipeline.
Reuters reported that the regulator has confirmed its support, after denying petitions to reconsider its approval of the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project (L3RP).
Minnesota PUC gave initial approval for the L3RP – the largest project in Enbridge’s history – in February.
Line 3 runs from Alberta, Canada to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in the US.
Estimated to cost CA$7.5 billion (US$5.48 billion), the L3RP is a proposed 1,659 km transnational crude oil pipeline to replace the Line 3 pipeline installed in the 1960s, transporting all grades of crude oil from Canada to the Enbridge terminal near Minnesota and then onto the Enbridge station and terminal facility near Wisconsin.
“The PUC confirmed its decision to approve the conditions placed on L3RP’s Certificate of Need – conditions meant to protect Minnesotans – allowing this critical energy infrastructure modernisation project to move forward,” said Enbridge to Reuters.
Enbridge has also said L3RP will be delayed by almost a year, until the second half of 2020, while the project awaits state and federal permits.
For more information visit the Enbridge website.
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