As the world transitions to a lower-carbon energy future, natural gas will play a vital role—as a replacement fuel for coal in electricity generation, a low-carbon source of home heating, a lower-emission fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and large transportation fleets, and a complement to the growth of renewable energy.
In Enbridge’s natural gas business, we like to say that “we go where the lights are.” Our natural gas pipelines connect North America’s most prolific natural gas supply areas to major demand centers in the U.S. and Canada—and to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Mexico export markets as well.
Unrivaled in the industry due to their scale, scope and connectivity, Enbridge’s natural gas transmission and midstream pipeline assets cover more than 38,000 miles (61,100 kilometers) in 31 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. They stretch from the far northeast corner of British Columbia to the southern tip of Texas, across to Florida and up into New England and the Atlantic provinces. (See Enbridge’s natural gas transmission and midstream assets on our interactive map.)
Our natural gas transmission and midstream operations include:
Enbridge’s gas transmission and midstream business has three platforms: U.S. Transmission, Canadian Gas Transmission and Midstream, and U.S. Midstream. Here’s a look at each:
Enbridge moves about 20 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. We are the largest natural gas supplier to New England, the Southeast and virtually all of Florida. Our transmission network is also webbed throughout the Gulf Coast. We are also one of the largest offshore natural gas transporters in the Gulf of Mexico. Enbridge’s major transmission pipeline systems include:
Offshore pipelines: As one of the largest gas transporters in the Gulf of Mexico, Enbridge has 11 active natural gas transmission and gathering pipelines—handling about 43 percent of total offshore natural gas production, and 54 percent of deepwater natural gas production, in the Gulf. (Learn more about Enbridge’s offshore pipelines.)
U.S. Transmission Growth Projects: In addition to our existing pipelines, we have a robust portfolio of growth projects. The largest include:
(Spectra Energy Partners, an Enbridge master limited partnership, owns interests in many of our U.S. pipelines and storage facilities. These assets are operated primarily by Enbridge.)
Enbridge’s Western Canadian natural gas assets connect one of the most vital and vibrant natural gas supply sources in North America—the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin—with growing North American markets. Our business in this region includes gathering, processing and transporting natural gas and natural gas liquids.
Enbridge’s Western Canadian gas transmission business consists of two major pipelines—the BC Pipeline and the Alliance Pipeline.
Canadian growth projects: The BC Pipeline is in the midst of a multibillion dollar expansion program, driven by prolific natural gas supplies in the region. Expansions are underway at both the T-North and the T-South systems. These projects are all backed by long-term, reservation based contracts.
Enbridge’s Canadian midstream assets include 20 gas processing plants in British Columbia and Alberta, capable of processing more than 4 Bcf/d.
The U.S. midstream segment includes Enbridge natural gas gathering and transportation lines, as well as natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines and processing plants, in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Our U.S. midstream assets include:
Enbridge’s U.S. midstream business includes:
DCP Midstream: In addition to Enbridge’s U.S. midstream assets is DCP Midstream, a 50-50 joint venture between Enbridge and Phillips 66. DCP is the largest producer of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and the largest natural gas processor in the United States, gathering and/or processing about 12 percent of U.S. gas supply. The DCP network includes 61 owned or operated plants and about 64,300 miles of gathering pipe.
DCP Midstream gathers, compresses, treats, processes, transports, stores, and sells natural gas. DCP Midstream also produces, fractionates, transports, stores and sells natural gas liquids; recovers and sells condensate; and transports, stores and sells propane in wholesale markets.
In 2016, the company gathered and processed 6.5 trillion Btdu of natural gas and about 393,000 barrels per day of NGLs.