WBI to expand Bakken natural gas pipeline capacity

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, May 19 -- Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Co., the wholly owned natural gas transmission pipeline subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., announced plans May 19 to expand its existing gas pipeline capacity by about 33% in the Bakken production area in northwestern North Dakota.

The proposed expansion would add up to 30 MMcfd to existing volumes from the Bakken production area for delivery to Northern Border Pipeline. The expansion project will consist of adding facilities to an existing compressor station in northwestern North Dakota. WBI expects the expansion to enter service in November 2011.

WBI’s existing gas pipeline system extends throughout the Bakken production area in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. WBI completed an expansion of its pipeline system in 2008 and transports roughly 90 MMcfd of gas from 11 Bakken production area receipt points. In addition to the expansion project, WBI is working with gas producers and processors to add gas receipt points to its system throughout the Bakken production area.

An open season for the Bakken Expansion Project will run through June 2.

Oneok Partners LP in April announced plans for construction of the 100 MMcfd Garden Creek gas processing plant in eastern McKenzie County, ND, and related expansions for completion in fourth-quarter 2011. In addition to the plant, Oneok’s gas gathering and processing segment will invest $200-205 million during 2010-11 for new well connections, expansions, and upgrades to existing gas gathering in the Bakken shale (OGJ Online, Apr. 22, 2010).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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