Enbridge announced Oct. 14 that the 12-mile section of the Line 3 Replacement Project in North Dakota is largely complete. More than 400 construction workers, following strict COVID-19 testing and safety protocols, started on the project in August and are now just wrapping up pipeline construction.
“The 665 miles of the project in Canada are already complete and in service, and last month restoration work wrapped up along the right of way. The 13 miles of Line 3 in Wisconsin were completed in 2017. That segment is also in service,” said Enbridge’s Barry Simonson, director of Line 3 Mainline Execution, during a public event held Wednesday at Hamilton, North Dakota, to mark completion of L3R construction in the state. “Now we are pleased to announce that the North Dakota segment of Line 3 is largely complete, on time and on budget with an excellent record of quality, safety and environmental compliance.”
Added Dave Hodek, Enbridge’s Construction Manager for North Dakota: “Kicking off major construction during a pandemic presented all kinds of challenges. We instituted strict and industry-leading coronavirus testing and screening protocols. Lots of credit goes to our contractor, Michels, for their trust in and adherence to the system. Also, we followed strict PPE (mask wearing), physical distancing, and sanitizing protocols on the project which protected our team, workers and surrounding communities.”
At the Oct. 14 event, Enbridge announced a $10,000 donation to the Pembina County senior nutrition program.
“We’re grateful for the hospitality of the surrounding communities, and wanted to make a contribution to this important and impactful program for the region,” said Joe Shelton, senior safety specialist for Enbridge.
The completion of the $69 million project in North Dakota now leaves the 337-mile section in Minnesota as the only part of Line 3 yet to be replaced with new state-of-the-art pipe.
In Minnesota, Enbridge continues to work with permitting agencies for the timely issuance of remaining permits in order for construction to start before year-end 2020.
The Minnesota portion of the project will provide significant economic benefits for counties, small businesses, Native American communities and union members. This $2.6 billion private investment in the state will bring 4,200 construction jobs, millions of dollars in local spending and tax revenues for northern Minnesota.Tags: November December 2020 Print Issue