Regulator approves hydrotest results, allowing company to move toward operation
CALGARY—After many delays and significant opposition, the National Energy Board has sanctioned Enbridge’s Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion Project, commonly referred to as Line 9.
The regulator said Sept. 30 it has approved the hydrostatic test results submitted by Enbridge, removing the final hurdle in the drawn-out approval process. The NEB said it will continue “its strict regulatory oversight as Enbridge moves the pipeline into operation.”
“The successful hydrotests confirm the NEB’s confidence in the integrity of the pipeline and its confidence that the line can safely be returned to operation,” the regulator said.
With no further NEB pre-operation requirements, the company is expected to move forward with its plans after a long consultation and public hearing process.
When the pipeline becomes operational Enbridge will be forced to carry out bi-weekly ground patrols, quarterly integrity testing and an additional in-line inspection within the first year of operation, among many other requirements. The company must also limit the pressure of the pipeline for its first year of operation, adding another layer of safety.
“Line 9 will continue to be subject to the regulatory scrutiny of the NEB through to the end of its use,” the NEB said.