Enbridge Inspects Sites for Safe Restart after Wildfires
May 10, 2016
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 10, 2016) - Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) announced today crews have been inspecting facilities and pipelines in the Fort McMurray region. As fires retreat in some areas, Enbridge workers have been able to conduct field assessments of several of its sites.
Inspections of the Athabasca and Cheecham terminal facilities indicate they have been largely unaffected by the fires. Below-ground pipelines along the rights-of-way are typically protected from fire; some above-ground facilities on the rights-of-way have incurred limited damage.
Enbridge is currently finalizing plans to repair and restart its system and working to assess available utility power supply needed to safely return to service.
"Our thoughts remain with the people of Fort McMurray and surrounding area during this difficult time. We're grateful for the exceptional efforts of firefighters and first responders in containing the wildfires, as well as for the tremendous show of support from across the province and the country for those impacted by the fires and evacuation," said Al Monaco, President and CEO.
"Our first priority remains the safety of our people and the community. These are difficult circumstances; however, we have a well-trained and experienced team that has developed a detailed logistical plan to enable the safe restart of our pipelines and terminals. We're working collaboratively with our customers, provincial and local governments and the regulator to return our pipelines to service as soon as we are safely able to do so."
As of May 10, the Enbridge Cheecham facility remains closed. As a result, all Enbridge pipelines in and out of Cheecham Terminal continue to be isolated and shut down. Limited volumes are currently flowing on Line 19, initiating out of the Kirby Lake facility. Athabasca Terminal continues to operate with a minimum staff complement.
Further updates will be provided at www.enbridge.com
About Enbridge Inc.
Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, exists to fuel people's quality of life, and has done so for more than 65 years. A North American leader in delivering energy, Enbridge has been ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past seven years. Enbridge operates the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system across Canada and the U.S., and has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream business, as well as an increasing involvement in power transmission. Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge has interests in nearly 2,000 megawatts of net renewable and alternative generating capacity, and continues to expand into wind, solar and geothermal power. Enbridge employs nearly 11,000 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S., and is ranked as one of Canada's Top Employers for 2016. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit www.enbridge.com.
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