Plains All American to build Bakken North crude pipeline

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Nov. 3 -- Plains All American Pipeline LP announced plans to reverse its Wascana pipeline system and build a new pipline, Bakken North, to provide additional takeaway capacity for growing Bakken crude production.

The Bakken North Project would provide crude oil transportation service from Trenton, ND, to Regina, Sask. At Regina, Plains would connect to third-party carriers providing access to Cushing, Okla. and PADD II delivery points.

The 12-in. OD Bakken North pipeline will extend extend 103 miles from Trenton to the southern terminus of Plains’ Wascana system at an initial design capacity of 50,000 b/d (expandable to 75,000 b/d). Plains’ estimates the project cost (to the 75,000 b/d capacity) at $160-200 million.

Subject to permitting, Plains anticipates placing the Bakken North Project into service in fourth-quarter 2012.

North Dakota hit a record in terms of rigs running this year, surpassing the previous record set in the early 1980s, according to the American Petroleum Institute’s latest monthly and quarterly statistical report, released in October (OGJ Online, Oct. 15, 2010).

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

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