By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Enbridge Inc. officials confirmed they will be submitting proposals to the National Energy Board for approval to upgrade over 40 kms of pipeline located south of Ancaster and in Glanbrook.
Graham White, Enbridge Inc., manager of business communications, said the company is looking at replacing 37 kms of its 12-inch Line 10, and replacing about four kms of the Line 11 pipeline. Both lines will also establish new right-of-ways from their current pipeline corridors.
The 12-inch Line 10 pipeline work will take place in the existing corridor and in a new right-of-way, running in a south-easterly direction from the Westover Station in Flamborough to the Nanticoke Junction, located near the intersection of Airport Road EastandNebo Road.
The 20-inch Line 11 pipe work will occur in a new right-of-way in a south-easterly direction from Westover before rejoining the existing pipeline route.
Both pipelines were constructed in the early 1970′s.
“This is important maintenance work that needs to be done,” he said. “These lines have to be maintained.”
He said the work won’t increase the capacity of either pipes.
Both pipelines originate at Westover, which is fed by the Line 9 pipeline. They travel south across Highway 403 and Garner Road before curving eastward to the company’s Nanticoke Junction.
Line 10 is a 145-km pipeline that ends at Buffalo, N.Y. It has a capacity of 70,000 barrels of oil per day and hooks up to a pipeline inWest Seneca, N.Y. Line 11 travels from Westover to Exxon Mobile’s Nanticoke refinery on the north shore of Lake Erie. It has a capacity of 120,000 barrels per day. The refinery produces unleaded gasoline, jet fuel, heavy fuel oil, asphalt, propane and butane.
White said the applications to the NEB, where the company already has filed an application to reverse the flow of the controversial Line 9 pipeline, will be filed in September. He said if the NEB completes its process, construction on the two pipelines could begin next spring, and be finished later in 2014.
The work on Line 10 will mean digging up ground near three golf courses – Century Pines, Knollwood, and Southern Pines – as well as impacting a number of environmentally significant areas, including Summit Muskeg Preserve. Line 10 also travels under Highway 6, Upper James, and some residential homes.
“We don’t anticipate any problems,” said White. “We will make sure property owners know exactly what we will be doing.”
He said the pipe replacement work will be done expeditiously, either in days, or weeks, he said, to lesson any impact.
If there are any disruptions to landowners, White said residents will know the type of work that needs to be done, how it will be completed, and the timeline.
“It will be done fairly quickly,” he said.
White said the company will mitigate any impact on residents and the environment.
“Our first priority is the safety of the people,” he said.
If the NEB requires the company to have an environmental assessment done any of the environmental significant areas, Enbridge will conduct the EA, he said.
In a brochure that was handed out at the public meetings the company held recent, including the last one Aug. 17 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds, Enbridge stated it will “thoroughly clean” all the lines; cap the ends of the decommissioned segments; continue to monitor and maintain the “cathodic protection system” and the right-of-way.
White said Enbridge will hold further public meetings to explain the work. So far, he said, no meetings have been scheduled.