SOURCE: Enbridge

Enbridge

December 06, 2011 07:00 ET

Enbridge to Undertake Further Expansion of North Dakota Crude Oil System

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2011) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. ("the Partnership") (NYSE: EEP) today announced a further US$145 million investment to enhance the capability of its North Dakota crude oil system. The project will expand capacity into the Berthold terminal by 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) and will include a rail car loading facility at the terminal to accommodate the additional volume. The Partnership currently has contractual commitments for 70 percent of the rail loading capacity and anticipates it will soon finalize agreements for the remaining capacity.

"Our Berthold Rail Project complements a series of expansions Enbridge has undertaken to expand transport capacity from North Dakota. It integrates high quality Bakken crude into Enbridge's expanding portfolio of pipeline projects that access premium markets across the United States," said Mark Maki, President of the Partnership. "Importantly, it allows producers and shippers the ability to continue to grow their business while Enbridge develops the next phase of pipeline expansions on the Enbridge North Dakota System."

The Berthold Rail Project complements the Partnership's Bakken Expansion Program and integrates the Partnership's gathering pipeline capacity in western North Dakota and eastern Montana created by our Bakken Access Program with increased North Dakota export capacity.

The Bakken Expansion Program, which was announced in August 2010, will accommodate growing production from the Bakken and Three Forks formations located in Montana, North Dakota and southeast Saskatchewan. The program is expected to add 145,000 bpd capacity, 25,000 bpd of which is already available; the remaining 120,000 bpd is expected to be in service by early 2013. The Bakken Expansion Program is expected to cost approximately US$370 million for the U.S. projects and approximately Cdn $190 million for the Canadian projects. In addition, the US$90 million Bakken Access Program, which was announced in October 2011, involves increasing gathering pipeline capacities, construction of additional storage tanks and addition of truck access facilities at multiple locations in western North Dakota and will be in service prior to the start-up of the Bakken Expansion Program.

The Berthold Rail Project includes the construction of a double-loop unit-train facility, crude oil tankage and other terminal facilities adjacent to its existing facilities near Berthold, North Dakota. The Project will have the ability to stage three unit-trains at Berthold at any given time. After an initial 10,000 bpd Phase I start-up in July 2012, the full 80,000 bpd of rail export capacity is scheduled to be in-service in early 2013.

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 11 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 60 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. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, (NYSE: ENB) (TSX: ENB) (www.enbridge.com) is the general partner and holds an approximate 24 percent interest in the Partnership.

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