Canada’s Pipeline Transportation System 2016

Enbridge Bakken Pipeline L.P.’s Enbridge Bakken Pipeline

Table 9.4.1: Enbridge Bakken Pipeline L.P.’s Enbridge Bakken Pipeline
Commodity and NEB Group Crude oil
(Group 2)
Average annual capacity 23 100 m³/d
(145 Mb/d)
Average utilization 2015 61%
Primary receipt points Berthold, ND;
Steelman, SK
Primary delivery points Cromer, MB
Abandonment Cost Estimate and Collection PeriodNote a $9.3 million;
25 years


The Enbridge Bakken Pipeline (Enbridge Bakken) transports light crude oil from the Bakken region in North DakotaNote 1 to the Enbridge Mainline near Cromer, MB. The system in Canada consists of the former Enbridge Westspur Line EX-02, which was reactivated and runs 34 km from the U.S. border to the Enbridge Westspur Steelman Terminal, and a new 123 km pipeline between Steelman and Cromer, MB.

Map – Enbridge Bakken Pipeline

Source: NEB

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This map provides an overview of the Bakken Pipeline System.

Key Developments

Enbridge Bakken was approved by the Board in December 2011 and began operations in April 2013.


Figure 9.4.1 shows Enbridge Bakken throughput for 2013-2015. Throughput averaged 7 900 m³/d (49 Mb/d) in 2014 and 14 000 m³/d (88 Mb/d) in 2015.

Figure 9.4.1: Enbridge Bakken Throughput vs. Capacity

Figure 9.4.1: Enbridge Bakken Throughput vs. Capacity

Sources: Enbridge, NEB

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This bar chart shows throughput and capacity for the Bakken Pipeline between 2013 and 2015. Capacity in 2015 was 23.1 10³m³/d (145 Mb/d). Throughput averaged 14 10³m³/d (88 Mb/d) in 2015, compared to 7.9 10³m³/d (49 Mb/d) in 2014.


Figure 9.4.2 shows the Enbridge Bakken benchmark toll (uncommitted for crude petroleum from the U.S. border to Cromer, MB) and the GDP deflator (normalized) for 2013-2015. Enbridge Bakken is regulated on a complaint basis.

Figure 9.4.2: Enbridge Bakken Benchmark Toll

Figure 9.4.2: Enbridge Bakken Benchmark Toll

Source: NEB

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This graph shows the Enbridge Bakken Pipeline benchmark toll as a solid red line and the GDP deflator as a black dashed line. The benchmark toll increased steadily from approximately $6.30 in 2013 to approximately $6.90 in 2015.


Enbridge Bakken Pipeline L.P. recognized $30 million in revenue in 2015, up 12% from its first full year of operations due to higher throughput levels.

Table 9.4.2: Enbridge Bakken Pipeline L.P. – Yearly
Enbridge Bakken Pipeline L.P. 2012 2013 2014 2015
Revenues (millions) $0 $16.7 $27.2 $30.4
Net Income (millions) ($2.1) $5.7 $12.7 $16.5
Assets (millions) $141.0 $162.3 $160.6 $152.8
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