Canada’s Pipeline Transportation System 2016

Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc.’s Enbridge Westspur Pipeline

Table 9.2.1: Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc.’s Enbridge Westspur Pipeline
Commodity and NEB Group Crude oil
(Group 2)
Average annual capacity 40 500 m³/d
(255 Mb/d)
Average utilization 2015 69%
Primary receipt points Alida, Bryant, Steelman and Midale, SK
Primary delivery points Cromer, MB
Coûts estimatifs de cessation d’exploitation et période de prélèvement Note a $32.3 million;
25 years


The Enbridge Westspur Pipeline (Westspur) is located in south Saskatchewan and is comprised of approximately 390 km of trunk pipelines and approximately 80 km of gathering pipelines. It transports crude oil collected from gathering systems and truck shipments, as well as NGLs from the Steelman gas processing facility, to the Enbridge Mainline near Cromer, MB.

Map – Enbridge Westspur Pipeline

Source: NEB

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This map provides an overview of the Westspur Pipeline System.

Key Developments

In February 2010, Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc. (Enbridge Westspur) applied to expand capacity on two segments of the system (Alida-Steelman and Bryant-Steelman) in southeastern Saskatchewan. The application was approved by the Board in April 2010 and leave to open was granted in January 2011.


Figure 9.2.1 shows Westspur throughput for 2010-2015. Throughput averaged 28 700 m³/d (180 Mb/d) in 2014 and 28 100 m³/d (177 Mb/d) in 2015.

Figure 9.2.1: Westspur Throughput vs. Capacity

Figure 9.2.1: Westspur Throughput vs. Capacity

Sources : Enbridge, NEB

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This bar chart shows throughput and capacity for the Westspur Pipeline between 2010 and 2015. Capacity in 2015 was 40.5 10³m³/d (255 Mb/d). Throughput averaged 28.1 10³m³/d (177 Mb/d) in 2015, compared to 28.7 10³m³/d (180 /d) in 2014.


Figure 9.2.2 shows the Westspur benchmark toll (crude petroleum from the Midale Terminal in Saskatchewan to Cromer, MB) and the GDP deflator (normalized). The significant increase in tolls in 2011 was concurrent with the change in toll methodology from cost of service to negotiated settlements. The current toll settlement commenced in April 2013 and has a five year term. Westspur tolls are regulated on a complaint basis.

Figure 9.2.2: Westspur Benchmark Toll

Figure 9.2.2: Westspur Benchmark Toll

Source: NEB

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This graph shows the Enbridge Westspur benchmark toll as a solid red line and the GDP deflator as a black dashed line. The toll increased significantly from approximately $1.30 in 2010 to approximately $4.36 in 2011 followed by a steady increase to $5.33 in 2015.


Revenue and net income have been stable since negotiated settlements replaced the cost of service tolling methodology in 2011. Enbridge Westspur owns an approximately 22% interest in two renewable companies which represented about $227.6 million of its assets in 2015.

Table 9.2.2: Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc. – Yearly
Enbridge Pipelines (Westspur) Inc. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Revenues (millions) $43.1 $59.5 $64.9 $54.2 $63.5 $67.3
Net Income (millions) $14.2 $21.0 $15.8 $17.8 $18.0 $19.6
Property Plant & Equipment (millions) $104.7 $112.7 $109.5 $109.2 $93.0 $86.0
Assets (millions) $195 $478 $500.2 $432.3 $409.1 $397.7
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