An investment in Enbridge Energy Partners offers an attractive yield coupled with a favorable tax treatment resulting in a high tax deferral rate for investors. While we operate under a low-risk business model, our yield is among the highest when compared to other large capitalization, investment-grade Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) or when compared to other asset classes such as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
Stable Distribution, Prudent Growth
The Partnership has increased its cash distribution by 70% in the past 20 years. In our view, distributions have to be sustainable in the long term, and as a result, we believe in increasing distributions when there are solid factors underpinning these increases.
Low-risk Business Model
Enbridge Energy Partners maintains a diversified portfolio of crude oil long-haul pipelines, crude oil storage facilities and natural gas gathering and processing assets located in the United States. As a midstream company, a high percentage of our revenues is derived from long-term, fee-based agreements, which provide a low-risk proposition to our investors.
Strong General Partner
Enbridge Inc. is a leader in the energy delivery business in North America. Enbridge Inc. is the general partner of Enbridge Energy Partners and is the largest unit holder with an approximate ownership of 26%. It owns the Canadian portion of the largest crude oil pipeline system in the world while Enbridge Energy Partners owns the U.S. portion.
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We are uniquely positioned to provide transportation solutions to connect growing production from Alberta's oil sands to key U.S. refinery markets and beyond.
During the last several years, our market strategy has set the stage for crude oil moving through our Lakehead System to secure further penetration into the Midwest and Mid-Continent regions as well as entry into the refining center of the U.S. Gulf Coast-which together process 70 percent of U.S. refined products. The three major systems in the Liquids Pipelines segment transported an average of 1.9 million barrels per day in 2008 and have a combined 29 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity.
Enbridge Liquids Pipelines are owned by Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Enbridge (U.S.) Inc., an indirect and wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. Click on "Ownership Map" to the left for detailed pipeline ownership information.
Enbridge owns and operates approximately 10,000 miles of natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission systems as well as marketing and trucking operations. These systems gather natural gas from the wellhead, treat and process the gas for delivery into intrastate or interstate pipelines for transmission to wholesale customers such as power plants, industrial customers and local distribution companies.
Enbridge natural gas operations are located primarily in the Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions. Our three large gathering and processing systems in Texas are located in basins that have experienced recent growth in mineral leasing, drilling and production. Our focus is on acquiring assets with strong growth prospects located in these areas and optimizing these systems through enhancing interconnections and processing capabilities.
Enbridge Gas Transportation assets are owned by Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Enbridge (U.S.) Inc., an indirect and wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. Click on "Ownership Map" to the left for detailed pipeline ownership information.
We recently completed major projects to reinforce our position as the primary transporter of crude oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. market-and our major gathering and processing systems have captured a large share of the growth in natural gas production from some of the fastest-growing onshore gas basins in the Lower 48 states. With deep roots in liquid petroleum and natural gas transportation, we are positioned for growth.
Bakken Expansion Program
Enbridge is proposing a number of pipeline system expansions in North Dakota and Saskatchewan to add transport capacity that will help address current and future increases in crude oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks formations. Learn more about these projects or get details about the open season.
Liquids Pipelines Growth
Detailed information about recently completed expansion projects on the Enbridge Mainline Liquids System can be found at www.enbridge-expansion.com.
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