Plains All American to build Bakken gas processing plant

Plains All American Pipeline LP’s wholly owned subsidiary Plains Gas Solutions LLC (PGS) plans to build a cryogenic gas processing plant with deep cut ethane plus recoveries and specification product fractionation capability at its multiproduct Ross complex near Ross, ND. PGS expects the Ross gas plant to process 50-75 MMcfd of natural gas, starting second-quarter 2013.

PGS signed a letter of intent with an anchor customer to provide long-term gas supply for the plant, and is negotiating with additional potential customers to size the facility.

The Ross plant will produce stabilized condensate, purity ethane, specification propane, as well as a butane plus raw-make NGL stream, delivering pipeline quality residue gas into Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Co.’s transmission system at the tailgate of the facility.

Plains All American’s Ross complex includes rail-loading and storage facilities. The NGL portion and the first phase of the crude oil portion of the rail facility were recently commissioned with a design capacity to trans-load 8,500 b/d of NGLs and 20,000 b/d of crude oil. The second phase of the crude oil facility, targeted to be in service by fourth-quarter 2012, will provide unit train loading capability of up to 65,000 b/d served by a 16-mile, 10-in. OD lateral from PAA’s Robinson Lake pipeline near Stanley, ND, to the Ross complex.

Oneok Partners LP’s 100-MMcfd Garden Creek gas processing plant in eastern McKenzie County, ND, started receiving Bakken shale production earlier this month (OGJ Online, Jan. 10, 2012).

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

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