Enbridge Inc., a pipeline operator that runs several lines across the U.S. and Canada, restarted its North Dakota system after a fire at a truck-loading facility, according to a company spokesman.
The blaze began yesterday at the facility that was leased to its unit, Tidal Energy Marketing, Michael Barnes, a spokesman for Calgary-based Enbridge, said by phone. Eight out of 12 crude storage tanks, with a capacity of 400 barrels each, caught fire at the site, according to Karolin Rockvoy, a manager at the Emergency Management Services for McKenzie County, North Dakota.
North Dakota is home to the Bakken shale formation that contributes more than 1 million barrels a day to U.S. oil production. North Dakota Pipeline Co., an Enbridge unit, operates a 826 mile (1,330 kilometer) system from Plentywood, Montana, to Clearbrook, Minnesota. It has a capacity to transport 210,000 barrels a day, the company's website shows.
West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark crude, rose as much as 3.5 percent to $55.11 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and was at $53.80 at 1:44 p.m. Singapore time.
The flames haven't been extinguished and fire servicemen are trying to put them out, according to Rockvoy. There were no casualties reported, she said.