Enbridge announced on Wednesday that the upgrade and expansion of its Line 3 was complete and that the project would be operational by Friday.
Work on the 1,765-kilometer pipeline is now “substantially” complete, the Calgary-based company said.
The $ 9.3 billion project will transport oil from Alberta to the Enbridge terminal in Wisconsin.
Line 3 is expected to add approximately 370,000 barrels per day to western Canadian export capacity to the United States. It is considered a critical component of Canada’s energy sector, as weak export capacity has contributed to the decline in Canadian oil prices in recent years.
The portion of the pipeline in Minnesota was the last to be completed. In that state, Enbridge faced opposition from environmental and Indigenous groups, who challenged the pipeline in court, to no avail.
Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco said it took eight years to complete Line 3. He says upgrading the pipeline will make it safer and more reliable. Its original construction dates back to the 1960s.
The transmission line departs from Alberta and passes through a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota, en route to the Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.