Canada’s Energy Resources Conservation Board approved Enbridge Inc.’s applications to build and operate two pump stations and the Woodland Pipeline Extension Project to bring additional crude oil transportation capacity into the Edmonton area by 2014. This capacity is needed to meet forecasts of regional oil sands volume targeted for delivery into the Edmonton hub.
The pipeline will run from the company’s existing Enbridge Athabasca Cheecham Terminal to the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Edmonton Terminal, effectively extending the Woodland Pipeline which is in development. The project includes a 239- mile pipeline with a diameter of up to 36 inches to transport blended bitumen from Cheecham Terminal to Edmonton Terminal.
The proposed route generally parallels several existing pipelines. It will have an initial capacity of 400,000 bpd of diluted bitumen containing no hydrogen sulfide.