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