Enbridge returns to service Alberta line damaged in June flooding

12 July 2013 20:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Enbridge’s Line 37 crude oil pipeline in northern Alberta has returned to service at reduced operating pressure, while the Athabasca Pipeline (Line 19) has returned to full service between Fort McMurray and Cheecham, the Canadian midstream company confirmed on Friday.

The pipelines, along with several others in the region, were shut down on 22 June after torrential rains led to soil movement that damaged Line 37.

Enbridge originally estimated that approximately 750 bbl of crude oil leaked as result of the damage, but late this week revised that figure up to 1,300 bbl. The majority of that oil has been recovered, the company said.

Following the shutdown of the pipelines, the company performed geotechnical and engineering tests on the lines before restarting them, Enbridge said.

The company returned the Athabasca segment between Cheecham and Hardisty to service on 23 June and the Waupisoo line between Edmonton and Cheecham on 25 June.

On 1 July, Enbridge said it had restarted at reduced pressure the northern segment of the Athabasca between Fort McMurray and Cheecham.

On 2 July, the company confirmed that it had returned the Wood Buffalo Pipeline (Line 75) between Fort McMurray and Cheecham to service at reduced pressure pending further geotechnical analysis, which has yet to take place.

The Woodland Pipeline (Line 49) between Fort McMurray and Cheecham remains in the process of line fill in preparation for a full start-up, Enbridge said.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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