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Enbridge, Energy Transfer to Convert Trunkline to Carry Oil

Enbridge Inc. will join Energy Transfer Partners LP to convert part of the Trunkline natural gas system to oil, making it the first pipeline capable of sending crude to the eastern Gulf Coast from the Midwest.

The project will handle 420,000 to 660,000 barrels a day and span more than 700 miles (1,100 kilometers), Calgary-based Enbridge said in a statement today. Energy Transfer, which owns the system with Energy Transfer Equity LP, has previously announced plans to convert it at a cost of about $1.5 billion.