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Enbridge’s Ozark Pipeline to Meet 13% of August Demand

Enbridge Inc., Canada’s largest pipeline company, said its Ozark pipeline in the U.S. will haul about 13 percent of the crude oil requested by oil producers, traders and refiners next month.

The Ozark pipeline will run at a capacity of 214,654 barrels a day in August, Larry Springer, an Enbridge spokesman, said in an e-mail today. That compared with 198,570 barrels a day in July, when the pipeline also met 13 percent of shippers’ requests to move oil.

Ozark, which transports heavy and low-sulfur oils between Cushing, Oklahoma, and Wood River, Illinois, is part of Enbridge’s Mid-Continent System, which includes more than 480 miles of oil pipelines and 12.8 million barrels of oil storage, according to the company’s website. Heavier oil has a higher density.

Shippers sometimes inflate their nominations to make sure they obtain the space they need to transport their oil, and the company must determine how many of the requests it can meet.

Enbridge also said its Spearhead pipeline, which mostly transports heavy Canadian oil in the U.S. Midcontinent, will be able to move all of the oil requested for next month.

The pipeline “is considered full” at 161,932 barrels a day of capacity, Springer said. It was able to meet demand of 170,775 barrels a day in July without apportioning capacity, he said last month. Spearhead spans 657 miles (1,058 kilometers) from Chicago to Cushing, according to the website.

Enbridge apportioned space on Spearhead in May and June after meeting all requests from April 2009 to April 2010.

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