Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined officials from Enbridge Pipelines LLC to celebrate the completion of the energy delivery company's Berthold rail terminal, Bakken Pipeline expansion and the launching of its Sandpiper Pipeline project.
"We appreciate the major investments that Enbridge Pipeline has made in North Dakota," Dalrymple said. "These projects are important advancements in the responsible development of our energy resources. By expanding our rail and pipeline capacity we can better meet the needs of our energy production and further reduce truck traffic, dust and wear and tear on our roads."
Enbridge has expanded its Bakken Pipeline to increase shipping capacity to a total of 475,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The expansion, completed in March, increased the pipeline's capacity by 120,000 barrels per day. The Bakken Pipeline carries crude oil from western North Dakota to the Enbridge mainline near Cromer, Manitoba.
Enbridge has also invested $145 million to build a rail loading facility northwest of Berthold. Enbridge partnered with Berthold Farmers Elevator to build the terminal which is capable of shipping 80,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day. The terminal was built in two phases and completed in March. From the terminal, Enbridge ships crude oil to markets throughout the United States.
Monday's event also marked the launching of Enbridge's Sandpiper Pipeline project. Enbridge plans to build a pipeline capable of carrying 225,000 barrels of oil per day from western North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minn., and a joining pipeline that can transfer 325,000 barrels per day from Clearbrook to Superior, Wis.
Since 2008, Enbridge has invested $1.3 billion on energy service projects in the Bakken. The company has more than 145 employees in North Dakota.
Joining Dalrymple to mark the completion of the rail and pipeline projects were: Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer, Berthold Mayor Alan Lee and Enbridge executives Kevin Hatfield, Steve Wouri and Robert Steede.