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NEB issues Hearing Order for Enbridge Line 9B reversal

Oil giant seeks to reverse a 639-km section of pipeline between Ontario and Quebec.


February 20, 2013
by PLANT STAFF

CALGARY—The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued a Hearing Order for the Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion application submitted by Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

The NEB will hold a public hearing for the project, consisting of written evidence and oral final argument.

The oil giant is seeking approval for the reversal a 639-kilometre segment of Line 9 between North Westover, Ont. and Montreal, Qué. The company has also requested to increase Line 9’s capacity from approximately 240,000 barrels per day (bpd) to approximately 300,000 bpd, and seeks a revision to the Line 9 rules and regulations tariffs to allow transportation of heavy crude oil.

The majority of proposed work would take place on existing Enbridge facilities and surface leases, with no planned ground disturbance along the pipeline right-of-way.

The shift in flow direction from west to east would see the pipeline revert back to the direction that was originally approved in 1975. The current westward flow has been in place since 1999.