Oilpatch divided over ‘alarming’ new contracts on largest pipeline system


Geoffrey Morgan/National Post

CALGARY – Canadian oil companies are worried that a new, “alarming” change to the way the country’s largest pipeline network operates will make it more difficult for them to secure space in an already scarce pipeline system.

The Mainline system, operated by Enbridge Inc., is Canada’s largest and most important oil export system, carrying 2.85 million barrels of oil per day through a network of multiple pipes to U.S. Midwest markets. That’s about 70 per cent of all oil pipeline capacity out of Western Canada.