Enbridge Files Pipeline Project with Alaska

Enbridge intends to file an application with the State of Alaska to negotiate potential commercial agreements for the construction and operation of the segment of the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project (AHPP) to be built in Alaska.

"Enbridge is well positioned to participate as a key partner in the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project," said Patrick D. Daniel, President & Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge.

"Our expansive reach into North American energy markets, combined with our significant natural gas expertise and experience with both liquids and natural gas systems in the Far North, are solid foundations for a partnership to deliver Alaskan energy to continental markets. As such, we intend in the coming weeks to file an application with the State to formalize our position as an interested participant in the proposed Alaska Highway Pipeline Project."

"In the months ahead, Enbridge will work in collaboration with producers, the State and other governments to determine the right solution as we explore options for delivering Alaska gas in the most economic and effective way to North American consumers."

Under the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act (ASGDA), interested parties must file an application with the State to initiate formal negotiations over the commercial terms of an agreement to participate in the natural gas pipeline project. The Act governs pipeline construction and operations for the portion of the project built in Alaska, from Prudhoe Bay to the Canadian border.

Enbridge has indicated to the State it is interested in pursuing opportunities as an equity partner in a consortium with the capacity to build and operate a potential natural gas pipeline in Alaska. Enbridge also is exploring opportunities for development of the pipeline from the Alaskan border to markets in Canada and the U.S.

Enbridge cited a number of strengths that position the company as a strong partner for one of the largest pipeline projects ever proposed in North America:

  • With more than 50 years of continental experience, Enbridge owns and operates the world's longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system, delivering more than 2 million barrels per day to markets in Canada and the U.S.
  • Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, serving more than 1.7 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State.
  • It also has significant ownership interests in two large-diameter, cross-border natural-gas systems: Alliance Pipeline (50 per cent) and Vector (60 per cent).
  • With its Norman Wells liquids pipeline (100 per cent) and Inuvik Gas (33 per cent), Enbridge has extensive experience building and operating oil and gas pipelines in northern permafrost.
  • Enbridge Energy Partners owns and operates more than 15,000 km (9,000 miles) of natural gas transmission and gathering pipelines in the U.S. Mid-continent and Gulf Coast areas.

  • The application to the State of Alaska is an early first step in a project that will require extensive producer and stakeholder consultation in advance of regulatory processes in the U.S. and Canada. Enbridge is currently engaged in preliminary stakeholder consultation.