Norman Wells oil production to resume after Line 21 pipeline approved to re-open
869-kilometre pipeline carries crude oil from Norman Wells, N.W.T. to Zama, Alberta
For the first time in two years, Enbridge's Line 21 pipeline from Norman Wells, N.W.T. to northern Alberta has reopened.
The 869 kilometre pipeline carries crude oil from Norman Wells to Zama, Alberta where it connects with another line. It shut down in 2016 after a riverbank beneath a portion of the line near Fort Simpson, N.W.T. had become unstable.
Repairs began in June after receiving approval in January. On Monday, the National Energy Board announced the pipeline had been approved to reopen.
A spokesperson for Enbridge told CBC the company began preparing the line to become operational on Tuesday.
- National Energy Board approves repairs to Enbridge pipeline near Fort Simpson, N.W.T.
- Enbridge shuts down Norman Wells pipeline, citing 'stability concerns' along riverbank
Imperial Oil plans to re-start production in Norman Wells
In early 2017, Imperial Oil suspended oil production in Norman Wells because of the Line 21 shutdown. At the time, the company wouldn't say whether it would re-start oil production once the pipeline was repaired.
A spokesperson for Imperial Oil said that the company plans to re-start production in Norman Wells and that they are beginning the work to do that, but could not give a specific timeline.
Early this year, Enbridge began repairing the portion of the line that runs under the Mackenzie River. The $53-million project brought approximately 120 jobs to the area, according to Enbridge spokesperson Jesse Semko.
Semko couldn't say how many of those jobs were filled locally, but did say local companies were used for a number of services like trucking, camp services and wildlife monitoring.
The repair work was initially opposed by the Liidlii Kue First Nation in Fort Simpson after leaders said they weren't properly consulted. But in January, Chief Gerald Antoine announced the First Nation had changed its stance, offering full support to the project.
- This story previously stated that construction on repairs began eight months ago. In fact, construction began in June after receiving National Energy Board approval eight months ago.Sep 26, 2018 10:04 AM CT