State receives seven proposals to conduct analyses on Straits of Mackinac pipelines

April 26, 2016

Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-284-8300
Agency: Michigan Agency for Energy

LANSING, Mich. – The state of Michigan today announced the names of the prospective contractors who submitted seven proposals to conduct analyses on the Straits of Mackinac Pipelines known as Enbridge Line 5.

Four prospective contractors submitted proposals to conduct the risk analysis that will focus on Enbridge’s potential liability for a worst case scenario spill from the Straits pipelines and its responsibility to maintain adequate financial assurance should such a spill take place. They are: ABS Consulting, Houston, Texas; Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio; DNV GL (USA), Inc., Katy, Texas; and G2 Partners, Houston, Texas. The costs for these proposals ranged from $210,000 to $2,395,102.

Three prospective contractors submitted proposals to conduct the alternatives analysis that will comprehensively compare alternatives to the existing pipelines. They are: Contek Solutions, Plano, Texas; Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Calgary, Alberta; and DNV GL (USA), Inc., Katy, Texas. The costs for these proposals ranged from $672,300 to $2,920,200.

A technical review of the proposals will first be undertaken by staff from the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Department of Attorney General. The leadership of those agencies will then be responsible for selecting and overseeing contractors for each analysis. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) and members of the public have provided valuable input to the agencies in developing the Requests for Information (RFIs).

The RFIs were developed as a response to two recommendations listed in the Michigan Pipeline Task Force Report released in July 2015. Implementing the recommendations of the task force continues to be a priority of the state of Michigan and the PSAB as they work toward ensuring the safety, upkeep and transparency of issues related to Michigan’s network of pipelines.

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