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Oil pipeline developers plan pump upgrades

BISMARCK (AP) - A major oil pipeline that ships North Dakota crude to a Minnesota refinery is getting larger pumps.
North Dakota´s Public Service Commission has agreed to allow the Enbridge pipeline to file a siting application immediately for the project. The commission will hold a public hearing on the project later.
As North Dakota´s oil production rises, Enbridge has been upgrading its pipeline to enable it to carry more oil.
Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the new pumps should increase the line´s pumping capacity from 110,000 barrels daily to 161,000 barrels.
Cramer says the upgrades represent an investment of almost 120 million dollars. The company hopes to start construction in May, and have the project finished by year´s end.
The pipeline runs west to east near the route of U.S. Highway 2.

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