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Enbridge Apportions Pipelines for September Oil Shipments

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Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Enbridge Inc. has apportioned September crude deliveries on pipeline 6A by 20 percent, Line 5 by 8 percent and Line 14 by 13 percent, the company said in a bulletin to shippers.

Pipelines are apportioned when orders to move crude exceed capacity. Shippers must cut their requests to transport oil, known as nominations, by the apportionment ratio.

Line 6A takes crude from Superior, Wisconsin, to the Griffith-Hartsdale area in Indiana and is operating under a pressure restriction that limits the pipe’s capacity to 608,800 barrels a day, according to a January update on the company’s website. Line 5 runs from Superior to Sarnia, Ontario, and can carry 491,200 barrels of oil a day.

Line 14 from Superior to Griffith-Hartsdale has a capacity of 317,600-barrel-a-day. The line has been required to operate under a 20 percent pressure restriction since an Aug. 7 restart. The line shut down July 27 after the pipe leaked 1,200 barrels of oil.

Deliveries on Enbridge’s Ozark pipeline will be apportioned 96 percent for September, Larry Springer, a Houston-based spokesman for the company, said in an e-mail. Nominations on the Spearhead line will be apportioned 77 percent for September and 32 percent for October, he said.

Ozark, Spearhead

Enbridge has been operating its Ozark and Spearhead pipelines at a reduced rates since Aug. 4 while the company reviews inspection data, Springer said yesterday.

The lower flow rate amounts to an overall 5 percent rate reduction on both pipes, he said. The reduction on the Ozark line will result in 2 1/2 days of “carryover into September,” he said.

The Ozark pipe runs from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Wood River, Illinois, and has a capacity of 215,000 barrels a day, according to the Enbridge website. The Spearhead line runs from Flanagan, Illinois, to Cushing and has a capacity of 193,300 barrels a day.

To contact the reporters on this story: Aaron Clark in New York at aclark27@bloomberg.net; Paul Burkhardt in New York at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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