UPDATE 2-Canada regulators green-light Enbridge crude Line 9

Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:13pm EDT
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By Nia Williams

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Canadian regulators approved the hydrotest results of Enbridge Inc's Line 9 crude oil pipeline on Wednesday, clearing the way for the delayed 300,000 barrel-per-day route to the east of the country to start operating.

The newly reversed Line 9 will ship mainly light inland crude from Sarnia, Ontario, to Montreal, Quebec. It previously flowed in the opposite direction, taking imported crude to Ontario.

The line, originally expected to start up in late 2014, was held up after the National Energy Board ordered hydrostatic tests at three locations along the line in June.

Prior to that, regulators had asked for additional data on shut-off valve placements at major water crossings. {ID:nL1N0VG160]

The NEB said on Wednesday there were no further pre-operation requirements on Line 9.

"The successful hydrotests confirm the NEB's confidence in the integrity of the pipeline and its confidence that the line can safely be returned to operation," the regulator said in a statement.

The Line 9 approval is a rare bright spot for backers of Canadian pipeline projects, which include TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL and Enbridge's Northern Gateway.   Continued...