2014-12-25 / News

Enbridge Purchases Mackinaw City Properties for Pipeline Upgrades

Enbridge Energy has purchased three properties in Mackinaw City to assist it with upcoming upgrades to its Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. The properties were purchased August 26 from Jaggi Enterprises and include 16250, 16260, and 16270 Chippewa Lane, all of which are adjacent to its pump station on the western side of the village at 16309 Headlands Road.

The parcels were purchased to allow the company additional flexibility while it does equipment replacement work at the Mackinaw Station in 2015, said Enbridge spokesperson Jason Manshum. One of the properties contains a pole barn that will be used for storage during the project.

“We’re upgrading equipment such as valves that will grant us easier access for maintenance,” Mr. Manshum said. “It’s part of our ongoing system improvement. The intent is to ensure the continued operational safety and reliability of our facilities.”

The upgrades at the Mackinaw City site next year will be similar to work already done last fall at the northern end of the Straits pipeline in Moran Township. Mr. Manshum said they hope to begin work in the spring. The goal is to work through the summer and complete the job by next fall. The job will employ between 75 and 100 contractors during the duration of the project. Mr. Manshum said about half of the jobs will be filled by local contractors and trade workers.

Line 5 is used for the transportation of light crude oil and natural gas liquids. Mr. Manshum confirmed these upgrades are not to allow the line to carry heavier tar sand oil and that Enbridge has no intention of transporting that through the Straits pipeline.

Jaggi Enterprises had owned all three of the Chippewa Lane properties for more than a decade.

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