Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge is planning a new line to connect Suncor Energy's oilsands plant and the main regional pipeline system serving northern Alberta.
The 95km connection, Wood Buffalo pipeline, will cost CA$370 million (274.8 million) and run parallel to the Athabasca pipeline that Suncor currently uses. Suncor will continue to use the Athabasca line.
Enbridge, which has a North American continental pipeline system stretching from northern Canada to the southern United States, has announced $1.6 billion in spending plans over the past year to expand its oilsands regional system.
The new Wood Buffalo 30-inch-diameter line is expected to be in service by the middle of 2013. Enbridge has already filed an application with the Alberta Energy Resources and Conservation Board (ERCB).