Enbridge begins delivery of pipe for future pipeline project

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Crews begin moving piping materials onto a lot in Concordia, where a portion of the Flanagan South Pipeline is scheduled to cut through. (Nathan St. Clair/ The Concordian)

Enbridge Inc. started the delivery of several miles of pipe for the new Flanagan South Pipeline to a pipe yard north of Concordia last Friday.

The delivery of the pipe, which is being hauled by tractor-trailer from a rail yard in Hardin, will continue until next Friday.

According to Enbridge, the shipping route starts on Missouri Highway 10 in Hardin, goes west to Missouri Highway J, and then south on Missouri Highway 13 to Interstate 70. Truck drivers are leaving the interstate at exit 58 in Concordia and then traveling north on Missouri Highway 23 to Davis Road.

The pipe yard sits on several acres of land north of the company's pump station on Davis Road, near the city of Concordia's north lagoon.

The pipe yard is one of nine such areas along the proposed route for the Flanagan South Pipeline, which passes through the southeast corner of Lafayette County.

Enbridge has placed large electronic message boards on either side of the entrance to Davis Road to warn motorists of an increase in tractor-trailer traffic on Missouri Highway 23.

Enbridge estimates the deliveries will last 10 hours a day, six days a week (Monday through Saturday), for two weeks.

The company urges motorist to use caution near the exit- and on-ramps and at the intersection of Highway 23 and Davis Road.

Enbridge spokesman Kevin O'Conner said approximately 58 miles of 80-foot-long pipe will be stored at the pipe yard.

It will be stored at the pipe yard for little less than a year. Enbridge has tentatively scheduled to begin construction in August 2013. O'Conner said the company is awaiting several state and federal permits.

The 600-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline will stretch from Pontiac, Ill., to Cushing, Okla. It will lay parallel to Enbridge's Spearhead Pipeline. The pipeline will be constructed in 58- to 60-mile spreads simultaneously along the intended route. Each of the spreads will be connected once they are completed.

O'Conner said a general contractor has not been chosen for the project yet. But Enbridge should select the contractor by the end of January.

Once the pipeline is fully functional, it will primarily transport crude oil from oil fields in North Dakota, Montana and Alberta, Canada.

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