Enbridge delays Line 3 Replacement in-service date by as much as one year
Calgary-based Enbridge announced a delay in its Line 3 Replacement schedule this week, due to permitting timelines in the State of Minnesota.
Minnesota regulators confirmed all remaining state permits may not be received until November, pushing back receipt of federal permits to as late as January 2020. The company had originally anticipated all state permits would be in hand by the summer, allowing the expansion to be up and running by the end of this year.
Enbridge has now revised its in-service date to the second half of 2020. The company is working to finalize a new construction schedule and pin-point a more exact start-up date.
The $9 billion replacement project is the largest in the company's history, and will boost export capacity on its Mainline to the US Midwest by 370,000 bbl/day.
Minnesota regulators approved the project in the summer of 2018, and have so far denied petitions to reconsider that decision.