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Calgary, Dec 1 (Canadian-Media): A significant milestone had been reached when Canadian portion of Calgary-based Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline started its commercial operation Sunday from Alberta to Manitoba, media reports said.
Enbridge Line 3. mage credit: Facebook page
The largest project in Enbridge history, The Line 3 replacement, cost top $9 billion, of which the Canadian portion is about $5.3 billion.
On the U.S. side of the border, the Line 3 project is still working its way through regulators.
Upon full completion of Line 3, the pipe will have oil export capacity of 760,000 barrels per day (bpd).
Finishing the Canadian portion of the pipeline is a case for "cautious optimism," said Kevin Birn, an analyst with IHS Markit in Calgary.
"Despite [pipeline projects] taking multitudes longer than anybody anticipated...You're kind of seeing a potential pathway out of [the] current ... constraints in western Canada."
Although at times challenging, Leo Golden, the vice president in charge of the Line 3 replacement project said, "we have achieved something that we are all very proud of in terms of putting this in service."
He predicted that besides being safe and reliant, new line would require less maintenance.
"It is incredibly important," he said of the project. "It is bringing into service over 1,000 kilometres of new pipeline that is improving the safety of our operating facilities across the Prairies."