Enbridge, Canada are to undergo the largest construction project in the history of the city
The largest project in Enbridge’s history, the $7.5 billion Line 3 Replacement Program (L3RP) will include the replacement of the existing pipe and restoration of the pipelines spanning the country’s Mainline crude oil system. Over the last decade, the region has transported over 15 billion barrels of crude oil, with zero incidents. The company is responsible for the most complex liquid pipeline system worldwide.
The mixed-service project will span over a thousand miles cross the Canada-US international border, where Enbridge Pipelines Inc are set to replace the existing 34-inch diameter pipeline between the Hardesty Terminal, stated within Alberta and Gretna. US Enbridge Energy Partners will then undertake the replacement of the pipelines between North Dakota, spanning onto Wisconsin.
The existing pipeline will be decommissioned, of which Enbridge will acquire permanent ownership, and will remain responsible for cessation works. The project itself will reduce the current maintenance needed, improve health and safety standards and provide long-term advantages to the local communities. For example, the company has sent over $5 billion within system integrity and leak detection across its crude oil and liquids pipeline operations
Enbridge spokesperson Suzanne Wilton Wilton has said, "We have worked hard to engage with all of our stakeholders on this project. "We recognize there are different points of view on the energy that we all use and we'll continue to engage with communities and that dialogue and work with stakeholders to address their concerns as we move forward."
Taking three years to complete, the project will enable the employment of over 40,000 temporary workers, with approximately 25,900 situated within Canada, and 18,500 in the US. The project is expected to complete in 2019, but are still awaiting on regulatory approvals.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.