Enbridge is measuring market support for space on its Express Pipeline system from Alberta, connecting into the U.S. Midwest.
The company has launched an open season on the pipeline “for existing and expanded capacities.”
The 280,000-bbl/d Express Pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta to Casper, Wyoming, delivering a variety of light, medium and heavy crude oil from Western Canada to refiners in the U.S. Rocky Mountain states, Enbridge says.
Express also interconnects with Enbridge's Platte Pipeline, which transports up to 164,000 bbls/d from Casper to Guernsey, Wyoming, and 145,000 bbls/d from Guernsey to Wood River, Illinois, in the heart of PADD II.
"Given the shortage of pipeline capacity out of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Enbridge has been exploring options to provide industry with incremental near term capacity," Enbridge executive vice-president Guy Jarvis said in a statement.
"The efficient expansion capacity on the Express Pipeline being offered in this open season will provide additional takeaway capacity, which we believe will be well received by the shipping community."
Enbridge has previously discussed adding capacity on the system by applying drag reducing agents; chemical additives injected at strategic locations along existing pipeline to improve flow.
Stephen Hunt, a manager of capacity management in Enbridge’s Liquids Pipelines unit, described DRAs in March 2019.
“Essentially, they act like a shock absorber — absorbing the eddy currents that spin off the pipeline walls and create inefficient flow. As a result, for the same safe pressure profile, you’re now seeing more flow.”
The open season for volumes on Express started Wednesday and ends on August 7.