By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Enbridge Pipeline, L.L.C. expects to start construction of an approximately 600 mile, 36-inch pipeline project between Flanagan, Ill., and Cushing by mid-June, company spokeswoman Katie Lange said.
Construction of the seven pumping facilities along the route will start first around June 15.. The pipeline will be built in four portions. Construction of the first three legs is expected to start around Aug. 7. Construction of the final leg between Neosho County, Kan., and the terminal in Cushing should start around Sept. 30.
Enbridge is obtaining the necessary road crossings and hauling agreements in four states, said Lange, community relations consultant, U.S. public affairs liquids operations and projects.
Monday, Payne County commissioners unanimously approved 13 road crossing agreements and a hauling agreement during their regular meeting.
District 1 Commissioner Zach Cavett said the pipeline will enter Payne County north of Yale and continue to Cushing. It will end at Texaco Road.
The company will place a pipeyard at the intersection of old State Highway 51 and State Highway 18, Cavett said.
The haul agreement allows county officials to work with Enbridge and its contractors to determine the best routes and monitor road damage. The company agrees to repair road damage caused by overweight vehicles, he said.
“They will stay in compliance with any routes we asked them to go on,” Cavett said. “They are getting a bond in place. They will be bonded in Payne County. If they don’t perform the repairs as the county sees fit, we can pull their bond.”
Enbridge Pipeline, L.L.C., is an affiliate of Enbridge Energy Co., Inc. The Flanagan South Pipeline and pumping stations will be located adjacent to the company’s 22-inch Spearhead Pipeline.
UPDATED: March 22, 2013