Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved the $7.5-billion Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project that runs through West Central Saskatchewan.

The replacement would double the capacity of the current pipeline which has been in use since 1968. The capacity was changed to 360,000 barrels of oil per day from the initial 760,000 after concerns of the pipelines dependability started to rise.

The federal government decided to announce the decision before the meeting between the premiers and the Prime Minister on December 9th.
Kindersley's Mayor, Rod Perkins spoke about the announcement. “This project will have a positive economic impact on our community and has Council’s full support. Kindersley’s oil and gas sector stands as a vital pillar of our community. It is part of our past, present, and future. We look forward to the opportunities that the L3RP brings to the Kindersley region.
It’s going to bring significant benefits not just to our local economy, but the environment as well.”

The project will be the largest undertaking in Enbridge history to run through West Central Saskatchewan, and was approved by the National Energy Board earlier this year.

The Line 3 oil pipeline runs over 1070 kilometers from Hardisty, Alberta to Wisconsin, Superior, and goes through Saskatchewan.

Construction on the replacement pipeline is expected to begin in the new year.