Ozark Pipeline Upgrade Planned Beneath Mississippi River

Canadian company Enbridge will make $17.3 million in improvements to its Ozark Pipeline along a 4,000-foot segment that runs beneath the Mississippi River into north St. Louis. The work is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Crews will bore under the river, welding 22-inch steel pipe together on the Missouri side, before pulling it through a new tunnel. The 435-mile Ozark Pipeline carries up to 215,000 bpd of oil from Oklahoma through Missouri, en route to the Wood River, IL refinery, Enbridge said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, touting the project for creating jobs said the effort “represents another example of how Missouri is leading the way toward greater North American energy independence from right here in the heartland.”

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