SOURCE: Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

October 02, 2011 01:06 ET

Enbridge Ozark Pipeline Temporarily Idled for Precautionary Assessment

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2011) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EEP) announced today that the Enbridge Ozark Pipeline will be temporarily idled while a precautionary assessment is completed on the pipeline at its crossing of the Mississippi River near Wood River, Illinois.

The pipeline was shut down Friday and isolated with valves on both sides of the river after an underwater survey revealed that an area of the pipeline was exposed on the bottom of the river. Affected Enbridge shippers and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) were apprised of the shut down and that a full engineering assessment is underway.

This river crossing was inspected last October, but high water conditions in summer 2011 resulted in a re-inspection and the discovery of an exposed section of the line.

"While there is no leak, we decided that it was prudent to shut in and isolate the pipeline in this area until we can complete a detailed assessment," said Steve Wuori, President of Enbridge Liquids Pipelines. "This work should be completed in the next few days."

The 435-mile-long Ozark Pipeline originates in the Enbridge Cushing Terminal in Oklahoma and terminates in Wood River. It transports crude oil and has a nominal capacity of 231,000 barrels per day.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and natural gas transportation systems in the United States. 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. EEP'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 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily. Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE: EEQ) manages the business and affairs of EEP and its sole asset is an approximate 14 percent interest in the EEP. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, (NYSE: ENB) (TSX: ENB) is the general partner and holds an approximate 25 percent interest in EEP. Additional information is available at

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