One eastern Canadian refiner began receiving crude oil via Enbridge Inc.’s newly reversed Line 9B Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.
About 60,000 barrels of crude was received as of Tuesday, including Bakken oil from North Dakota, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
Enbridge began reversing the 300,000 barrel-a-day pipeline in 2011 as refineries in eastern Canada looked to tap into cheaper oil being produced in western Canada and the U.S. Midwest. Landlocked crudes typically sell at a discount to waterborne supplies.
Companies like Suncor Energy Inc. and Valero Energy Corp. have said their refineries in Quebec could rely 100 percent on North American crude after the reversed pipeline ramps up to full capacity.
The new flow has redirected some crude that used to go to Cushing, Oklahoma, the largest storage hub in the U.S. Enbridge’s Spearhead pipeline, which runs to Cushing from Illinois, will run below capacity in December and January, the first time that has happened in nearly two and a half years.
Graham White, a spokesman for Enbridge, declined to confirm that first shipments had been made, saying the company remains on schedule to deliver oil from the pipeline this month.