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Company gets shipping commitments on ND pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Canadian company has obtained shipping commitments from oil companies to use the largest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to transport North Dakota crude.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy is proposing the $2.6 billion, 612-mile Sandpiper pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of North Dakota oil daily to a hub in northern Minnesota and 375,000 barrels to one in northwestern Wisconsin.

The company had a so-called open season, which is a period of courting gas producers to secure shipping agreements. The company says in federal filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it has received enough shipping commitments from companies to move forward with the project.

Enbridge has filed applications for the project with North Dakota and Minnesota regulators.

Enbridge says it hopes to place the pipeline in service in 2016.

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