Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

October 14, 2005 12:30 ET

Kitimat, B.C., Selected as End-Site Location for Enbridge's Gateway Project

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) - Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) is pleased to announce that after months of fieldwork, Kitimat, British Columbia, has been selected as the end-site location for the proposed Gateway Project. Key factors in the decision to select Kitimat were the deepwater port and abundant industrial land.

"Enbridge is very excited about the Gateway Project and what it will mean to the North Coast of British Columbia," said Art Meyer, President of Gateway Pipeline Inc. "We believe this project will bring economic benefits not only to Kitimat, but the entire region during both the construction and operation phases."

The Gateway Project is estimated to cost approximately $4 billion and will consist of a petroleum export pipeline and a condensate import pipeline along the same right-of-way, and a marine terminal. The pipeline will run from Strathcona County, near Edmonton, to Kitimat.

"The Gateway Project is good news for Kitimat and will provide many opportunities for our community in the future," said Mayor Richard Wozney of the District of Kitimat. "We have worked hard over the last number of months to attract Enbridge as a corporate citizen and look forward to working with them."

The Gateway Project is expected to generate thousands of direct jobs during construction and up to 75 permanent jobs for the operation of the pipeline, marine terminal and related facilities.

Over the past three years Enbridge has met with communities and First Nations, interest groups and governments to discuss the Gateway Project and is committed to open and transparent consultation about the project.

Once commercial certainty and regulatory approval are achieved for the Gateway Project, Enbridge anticipates starting construction in 2008, with the pipeline being operational in 2010.

Gateway Pipeline Inc. is a wholly owned affiliate of Enbridge Inc. that has been created to manage the development of the Gateway Pipeline.

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a leader in energy transportation and distribution in North America and internationally. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has international operations and a growing involvement in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge employs approximately 4,400 people, primarily in Canada, the U.S. and South America. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and on the New York Stock Exchange in the U.S. under the symbol ENB. Information about Enbridge is available on the Company's web site at www.enbridge.com.

Certain information provided in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate", "expect", "project", "estimate", "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although Enbridge believes that these statements are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties pertaining to operating performance, regulatory parameters, weather, economic conditions and commodity prices. You can find a discussion of those risks and uncertainties in our Canadian securities filings and American SEC filings. While Enbridge makes these forward-looking statements in good faith, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. Enbridge assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


- The Gateway Project, estimated to cost approximately $4 billion, involves the proposed development of two new pipelines, a new marine terminal, tankage, pumping stations and related facilities.

- The Gateway Project will run from Strathcona County near Edmonton to Kitimat, British Columbia.

- Key factors in the decision to select Kitimat as the end-site location for the pipeline were the deep-water port and abundant industrial land.

- The pipeline will be 1,200 kilometres in length.

- The petroleum export pipeline will be 30-inches in diameter and designed to move an average of 400,000 barrels per day.

- The condensate import pipeline will be 20-inches in diameter and designed to move an average of 150,000 barrels per day.

- Condensate is a by-product of natural gas production and is used as feedstock to oil refineries but its primary use in Western Canada is to dilute heavy oil for easier transport by pipeline.

- Certified marine tankers will be used to either import condensate or export petroleum. The marine terminal will include tankage, emergency response equipment, tanker births and other related facilities.

- Enbridge anticipates filing the National Energy Board application for the Gateway Project in April 2006, beginning construction in 2008 and having the pipeline operational in 2010.

- The socio-economic benefits during construction of the project are estimated at $1.52 billion in BC and $1.26 billion in Alberta.

- During the operation of the Gateway Project, the socio-economic benefits are estimated at $107 million per year in BC and $60 million per year in Alberta.

- The Gateway Project is an important part of Canada's energy future and will help ensure there is enough capacity to transport new oil expected from Canada's oil sands in the years to come.

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