Gov. Jay Nixon today joined officials from Shelby County to voice his support for the proposed Flanagan South Pipeline Project by Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. The proposed pipeline, if built, would run approximately 600 miles from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla., crossing 11 counties in Missouri.
The total potential investment, along the entire pipeline, could be up to $1.9 billion.
"As a nation, we must continue to increase our use of North American sources of energy to create construction jobs here at home and ensure reliable fuel supplies for generations to come," Gov. Nixon said. "Major investments in domestic pipelines create skilled construction jobs, support community growth and ensure reliable access to North American energy. We welcome these initial plans for another pipeline in Missouri, and we will work closely with Enbridge to help move this critical proposal forward."
Enbridge is currently conducting a binding Open Season to recruit potential customers to participate in the pipeline project. During the open season, which runs through Feb. 10, potential customers commit to purchasing a designated amount of transportation capacity from the pipeline for a defined period. Based on the results of the Open Season, Enbridge will determine the final size and scope of the project. The Flanagan South proposal has the potential to create a significant number of construction jobs in Missouri and increase the amount of North American crude oil delivered to refinery hubs along the Gulf Coast.
Much of the proposed Flanagan South Pipeline would be constructed along Enbridge's existing Spearhead Pipeline System. Enbridge is in the process of reaching out to local landowners along the existing right of way to conduct civil and environmental surveys of the proposed route. These surveys help ensure that sensitive species, agricultural land, livestock, wetlands and archeological artifacts are protected during the construction process.
Pending completion of the Open Season and regulatory and internal approvals, plans call for construction of the pipeline to begin in mid-2013, with the pipeline coming into service by mid-2014.