REFILE-UPDATE 1-Enbridge's Line 6A resumes oil shipments
(Refiles to fix spelling of UPDATE in headline)
* 670,000 bpd Line 6A resumed service late Sunday
* Enbridge working to cut oil backlog (Adds details)
CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) said it resumed oil shipments on its 670,000 barrel per day Line 6A pipeline late on Sunday, five days after shutting the conduit for safety testing.
Enbridge, whose lines carry the bulk of Canada's crude shipments to the United States, said the line, which runs to Griffith, Indiana, from Superior, Wisconsin, was restarted Sunday evening at 10:50 p.m. eastern time.
The extended shutdown of one of the key lines supplying Canadian crude to refineries in the U.S. Midwest is the latest of nearly five months of disruptions on Enbridge's pipeline network.
Because of repeated shutdowns on its network, Enbridge's storage tanks are full and some feeder pipelines have had to suspend operations until room can be found for deliveries.
That has forced some oil producers to find alternative ways of shipping their oil or shutting in production. Devon Energy Corp (DVN.N) said last week that its Canadian heavy oil output would be cut by 10,000 bpd until at least the end of the month while Enbridge works to empty its brimming storage tanks.
Enbridge spokeswoman Gina Jordan said in an email the company is working with shippers, connecting carriers and feeder pipelines to manage high inventories on its system. (Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Peter Galloway)
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