Kindersley will soon see a decline of workers in the area as Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement project wraps up.
The $5.3 billion project which spans 1070 kilometres from Hardisty, Alberta to Gretna, Manitoba, started construction in the Kindersley area late last fall. According to Tracie Kenyon, spokesperson for Enbridge, crews will be finishing up by the end of January.
Kenyon stated that currently there are approximately 190 people onsite but this number will slowly reduce everyday towards the end of the month. However, that does not mark the end of work for Enbridge in Kindersley, “In the summer of 2019, crews will be returning to start the clean-up and restoration of the pipeline right-of-way,” said Kenyon.
As of year-end 2018, approximately 90 per cent of the 1070 kilometre Canadian project has been completed. The total project includes an additional 590 kilometres of pipeline that runs within the United States to Superior, Wisconsin.
After completion, which is said to be on track and in service by the latter half of 2019, will have an initial capacity estimated at 760,000 barrels per day.
According to Enbridge’s website, the construction phase of the project will create a $652.3 million boost in labour income within Saskatchewan, roughly 35 per cent of the $1.8 billion increase in labour income Canada-wide.