Project Snapshot
Alberta Clipper Project
Facility Type: Pipeline
Scope: Expansion
Owner: Enbridge
Location: Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin  Canada
Region: North America
Modified:  October 01, 2010

Project description

Enbridge Inc.'s Alberta Clipper project will be integrated with the company's existing system in Canada and the Enbridge Energy Partners’ Lakehead system in the United States. According to Enbridge, Alberta Clipper will help to meet increasing demand in the U.S. Midwest markets. The supply from Western Canada's oil sands development is expected to increase by 1.8 million barrels per day by 2015. Oil sands producers and refiners have asked for more capacity, and Enbridge aims to meet this demand with Alberta Clipper.

The Alberta Clipper Project integrates new and existing Enbridge pipelines to transport crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wis. The 1,000-mile pipeline is expected to have an initial capacity of 450,000 b/d and ultimate capacity of 800,000 b/d available.

Willbros Group Inc. built the Canadian Mainline Pipeline project, the Contract "A" Line 4 Expansion, and a segment of the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Willbros has looped three 36-inch pipelines from Sherwood Park to Hardisty, Alberta. Shaw Pipe Protection provided coatings for the pipeline project; WorleyParsons provided detailed engineering services to the Canadian segments of the project.

Construction on the project began in summer 2008, and the pipeline was placed into service on April 1, 2010. In its Second Quarter 2010 announcement, Enbridge anticipated that line fill would conclude and full operations would likely commence later in the year.

  Key Stats
Project type:
new construction
Pipeline type:
crude oil
450,000 b/d; expansion to 800,000 b/d possible
1,000 miles
Willbros Group Inc., Shaw Pipe Protection Ltd., and WorleyParsons
In service:
$1B for U.S. segment, $2B for Canadian segment
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Feb 17, 2014 - Enbridge is no longer saying when it expects to get the go-ahead for its project to add pumping capacity to the existing Alberta Clipper line.
Enbridge Expects U.S. Approval for Alberta Clipper by Summer
Oct 01, 2013 - Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline company, said on Tuesday it expects U.S. approval for an expansion of its Alberta Clipper oil pipeline in the summer of 2014
With No Expansion, Superior Refinery Doesn't Need New Oil Source
Mar 15, 2010 - While the new Alberta Clipper pipeline technically ends in Superior, Wis., the Murphy Oil refinery there doesn't need and really can't use any of the new oil moving south from Canada.
Enbridge Pipeline Work on Schedule, Bemidji Economy Boosted
Dec 24, 2009 - Once complete, Enbridge's crude oil pipeline will have a 450,000 barrels a day capacity, while the diluents pipeline will run 180,000 barrels a day.
OPINION: Oil Sands: Destroyer or Savior?
Sep 10, 2009 - Few energy resources stir passions like Canada's oil sands.
Pipeline Standoff Brews In Minnesota
Sep 04, 2009 - The fight over global warming and Canadian oil is heating up, and Minnesota, which gets 80 percent of its oil from Canada, is sitting on the griddle.
Indian, Environmental Groups File Suit Against Enbridge Pipeline
Sep 04, 2009 - American Indian and environmental groups filed a suit Thursday in federal district court in San Francisco against the Enbridge Energy Co. pipeline being built from the Canadian border to Superior.
Alberta Clipper Construction Underway In N.D., Minn.
Aug 25, 2009 - Construction of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline is beginning in northern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
State Dept. Issues Permit for Alberta Clipper
Aug 21, 2009 - The U.S. State Department on Thursday issued a Presidential Permit to Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership for the Alberta Clipper pipeline.
Enbridge To Assist Partnership with Alberta Clipper Funding
Jul 20, 2009 - Enbridge Inc. and Enbridge Energy Partners (EEP) have concluded a joint funding agreement under which Enbridge will effectively fund two-thirds of the $1.2 billion U.S. segment of the Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline project.
Minn. Approves Northern Oil Pipeline
Nov 26, 2008 - A Houston pipeline company got permission from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday to lay a 285-mile pipeline across the northern part of the state to deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wis.
Enbridge Begins Alberta Clipper Construction
Aug 27, 2008 - Enbridge Inc. announced Wednesday that construction has commenced on the Canadian portion of the Alberta Clipper Expansion Project.
Willbros Wins Canadian Mainline, Alberta Clipper Contracts
Jul 30, 2008 - Willbros has been awarded contracts by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. for construction of the Canadian Mainline Pipeline Project, Contract "A" Line 4 Expansion and a segment of the Alberta Clipper pipeline.
Shaw Wins Pipe Coating Contract for Alberta Clipper
Jun 18, 2008 - ShawCor Ltd. on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary, Shaw Pipe Protection Ltd., has received a contract with a value in excess of $50 million to provide coatings for the Enbridge Alberta Clipper project.
Enbridge's Alberta Clipper, Southern Lights Projects Advance
May 13, 2008 - Enbridge Inc announced Tuesday that it has received Governor in Council (GIC) approval by the Canadian federal government on its Alberta Clipper Expansion and Southern Lights Pipeline projects.
WorleyParsons Garners Alberta Clipper Contract
Apr 10, 2008 - WorleyParsons has won a contract for detailed engineering services from Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
NEB Approves $2B Alberta Clipper Expansion
Feb 25, 2008 - The National Energy Board on Friday approved the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. application to construct and operate the Canadian portion of the Alberta Clipper Expansion Project.
NEB to Announce Alberta Clipper Decision Friday
Feb 20, 2008 - The National Energy Board (NEB) said that it will release its Reasons for Decision on the Alberta Clipper Expansion Project Friday at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Enbridge Fire Puts Straining Oil Pipeline Network In Focus
Dec 01, 2007 - The risk of oil pipeline disruptions between Canada and the U.S. will remain high for at least the next year, as the network struggles to deal with growing Canadian crude volumes.
NEB Cancels Alberta Clipper Expansion Hearing
Nov 14, 2007 - The National Energy Board (NEB) has amended the hearing locations for the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. hearing into the proposed Alberta Clipper Expansion Project.
NEB Sets Hearing Locations for Alberta Clipper Expansion
Nov 05, 2007 - The National Energy Board (NEB) has determined the locations for the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (Enbridge) hearing into the proposed Alberta Clipper Expansion Project (Alberta Clipper) that will begin in November.
Energy Union Intervenes in Alberta Clipper Application
Jul 26, 2007 - Canada's largest union of energy workers has filed for intervener status in National Energy Board hearings into the Alberta Clipper oil pipeline project application.
NEB Schedules Hearing on Enbridge's Alberta Clipper Project
Jul 05, 2007 - The National Energy Board (NEB) has scheduled an oral hearing on an application from Enbridge Pipelines Inc. to construct and operate the Canadian portion of the Alberta Clipper Expansion Project.
Enbridge Files Commercial Terms for Alberta Clipper Expansion
Jun 29, 2007 - Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (EPI) has filed a commercial supplement to its application to the National Energy Board (NEB) to construct the CDN $2.0 billion Canadian section of the Alberta Clipper Mainline Expansion Project.
Enbridge Launches Alberta Clipper, Line 4 Extension Projects
Jan 25, 2007 - Enbridge Inc. and Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. said that they have received industry support to proceed with construction of two projects as additions to the Enbridge common carrier mainline system.

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