Collaboration, experience, expertise, and a commitment to go deep.
Add them all together, and you come up with Enbridge’s latest offshore project to enter service.
The Heidelberg Oil Pipeline, a deepwater line in the Gulf of Mexico, is now transporting crude oil from the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation-operated Heidleberg development to an existing third-party system, after being placed into service more than three months ahead of schedule.
The 20-inch-diameter, 36-mile Heidelberg line, is located about 200 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana, in depths of up to 5,300 feet of water, and designed to move up to 120,000 barrels of oil a day. It’s the second oil pipeline that Enbridge has built and brought online to serve the needs of producers in the deepwater areas of the Gulf.
“This project complements Enbridge’s sizable collection of offshore gas pipelines, and is the result of our focused efforts to grow the oil side of our offshore business,” notes Greg Harper, president of Enbridge Inc.’s Gas Pipelines and Processing division.
“We’re extremely pleased that we could work with Anadarko and the Heidelberg producers to bring on this pipeline more than 90 days ahead of its target date.”
Enbridge’s Offshore Pipelines division now owns and operates 11 active natural gas gathering and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-regulated transmission pipelines, and two active oil pipelines, connecting to deepwater developments in four major corridors of the Gulf of Mexico.
Enbridge now moves about 43 percent of total offshore natural gas production, and 54 percent of deepwater natural gas production, in the Gulf of Mexico.