WBI Energy Inc. has received US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of its 20.6-MMcfd Wahpeton Expansion natural gas pipeline project. The 60.5-mile, 12-in. OD pipeline will increase natural gas deliveries to Wahpeton and Kindred, both in eastern North Dakota.
Wahpeton Expansion will run from an existing 3,000-hp compressor station at Mapleton, ND to Wahpeton. WBI expects to begin construction in early 2024 and have the pipeline in service in late 2024.
About 10 MMcfd of the expansion will be used by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. to serve industrial and commercial customers in Wahpeton with contracts for firm natural gas service. The remainder will be sent to additional residential and commercial end users, including bringing natural gas utility service to Kindred.
Both Montana-Dakota and WBI are subsidiaries of MDU Resources Group Inc. The project is expected to cost $75 million. FERC last year issued Wahpeton Expansion’s draft environmental impact statement (OGJ Online, Nov. 7, 2022).