Enbridge Energy Partners L.P.

February 18, 2011 09:00 ET

Enbridge Energy Partners Reconfiguring Its North Dakota System to Provide Additional Capacity by Q1 2011

HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE:EEP) announced today that it is undertaking a reconfiguration of its North Dakota system to expand the capacity by 23,500 barrels per day (bpd) from Minot, North Dakota, to Clearbrook, Minnesota. The expansion involves an optimization of existing facilities and services with limited capital investment and is expected to be available in the first quarter 2011.

The North Dakota system mainline capacity between Minot and Clearbrook recently was expanded by 51,500 bpd to 161,500 bpd through the Phase VI expansion, which went into service Jan. 1, 2010, and was immediately fully utilized.

The reconfigured operating mode will have an overall capacity of 185,000 bpd. The cost of the reconfiguration is expected to be approximately $7 million dollars. This portion of the system operates as a common carrier without any term commitments.

"This expansion in the common carrier portion of the system complements our more substantial 145,000 bpd Bakken Expansion Program, which is being undertaken with significant term capacity commitments," said Stephen J. Wuori, President, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge Inc. "It will enable us to be responsive to our shippers' needs for an immediate increase in the takeaway capacity serving growing production from the Bakken formation in North Dakota. The 23,500 bpd increase from the reconfiguration together with the 25,000 bpd from the Portal Reversal Expansion Program, expected to be in service in March 2011, will help meet the immediate needs of shippers, while the second and possible subsequent phases of the Bakken Expansion program should meet future pipeline transportation demand. We will continue to work with our shippers to ensure that additional capacity is made available as they need it."

About Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (www.enbridgepartners.com) owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and natural gas transportation systems in the United States, including the EPND System. Its principal crude oil system is the largest transporter of growing oil production from western Canada. The system's deliveries to refining centers and connected carriers in the United States account for approximately 13 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 70 percent of refinery demand in that region. The Partnership's natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission assets, which are principally located onshore in the active U.S. Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast area, deliver approximately 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (www.enbridgemanagement.com) manages the business and affairs of the Partnership and its sole asset is an approximate 14 percent interest in the Partnership.


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Reference should also be made to Enbridge Partners' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently completed fiscal year and its subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, for additional factors that may affect results. These filings are available to the public over the Internet at the SEC's web site (www.sec.gov) and at the Partnership's web site.

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