Enbridge secures commercial agreements with undisclosed Canadian producers, Asian customers that fully subscribes capacity of proposed C$5.5B, 1,177-km Northern Gateway project, which includes crude oil export, condensate import pipelines, marine terminal

Rachel Carter

Rachel Carter

Aug 24, 2011 – Enbridge

CALGARY, Alberta , August 24, 2011 (press release) – Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) announced that Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines has filed with the regulator, the National Energy Board, commercial agreements which fully subscribe for long term service and capacity on both the proposed crude oil export pipeline and the condensate import pipeline. After negotiations with Canadian producers and Asian markets, the confidential parties have agreed on commercial terms relating to the long term use of the facilities.

"Commercial support for the project from both Canadian oil producers and Asian markets reinforces the international importance of the project to Canada - facilitating access to world markets and international pricing for Canada's most valuable non-renewable resource," said Janet Holder, Enbridge's Executive Vice President, Western Access. "This support demonstrates the need for Northern Gateway and is a major step forward for the Project.

"Northern Gateway will link two of Canada's most important competitive strengths: our tremendous petroleum reserves and our Pacific advantage - safe deepwater ports that are close to the growing markets of the Pacific Rim. The project has the potential to move Canada into receiving premium prices in the global energy marketplace, rather than the landlocked, one customer price-taker it is today.

"Northern Gateway would provide a tremendous increase in productivity, a $270 billion increase in Canadian GDP over 30 years, that would be felt not just in Alberta, B.C. and Western Canada, but across the entire country for decades to come," said Ms. Holder.

Copies of the pro-forma documents can be found on the NEB website at: http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/fetch.asp?language=E&ID=A30695

Northern Gateway Project is a proposed $5.5-billion 1,177-km twin pipeline system and marine terminal. The proposed project, currently under regulatory review, would transport 525,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil for export and import 193,000 bpd of condensate.

About Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a North American leader in delivering energy and one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has a growing involvement in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses, and is expanding its interests in renewable and green energy technologies including wind and solar energy, hybrid fuel cells and carbon dioxide sequestration. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge employs approximately 6,400 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S. and is ranked as one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and one of the Top 100 Companies to Work for in Canada. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit enbridge.com.

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