Enbridge Line 61 Oil Pipeline

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Enbridge Line 61 Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in the United States. It is part of the Enbridge Mainline system.[1]


The pipeline runs from Superior, Wisconsin, to Flanagan, Illinois.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Enbridge[1]
  • Current capacity: 1,200,000 barrels per day
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 731 kilometers (454 miles)
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2009


Line 61 is a 42-inch, 454-mile oil sands pipeline that spans from Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, to its Flanagan Terminal near Pontiac, Illinois.[3]

The pipeline began operating in 2009.[4] In 2014 the pipeline's capacity was increased from 400,000 to 560,000 barrels per day (bpd).[5]

In December 2012, Enbridge announced a further expansion, subject to regulatory review and approvals, to increase the capacity to 1.2 million bpd. The increased capacity will come from additional pumps along Line 61, not new pipeline construction. Construction for Phase 2 began in spring 2014 and is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2016.[6]

The expansion was reported as completed by 2017. Enbridge has floated the idea of further expanding the pipeline or building a twin pipeline ("Line 61 Twin"), but Line 61 is currently running at 75% full capacity - 900,000 bpd of the 1,200,000 bpd capacity - and Enbridge said it is not currently planning an expansion.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Enbridge Pipeline System, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. "Enbridge Line 61 Illinois Boone, Dekalb, LaSalle and Livingston Counties," Google maps, accessed September 2017
  3. Pipeline System Configuration, Enbridge website, Q1, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Neil Johnson, "Enbridge says it has no plans for a new Wisconsin pipeline," Gazette Xtra, April 28, 2017
  5. Lisa Song, "Map: Another Major Tar Sands Pipeline Seeking U.S. Permit," Inside Climate News, June 3, 2013
  6. "Line 61 Upgrade Project (Phase 2)," Enbridge website, accessed September 2017

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