Expansion of $260 million North Dakota gas pipeline completed


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A subsidiary of Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc. announced Tuesday that it has completed the expansion of a $260 million natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota.

State officials have hailed WBI Energy Inc.’s North Bakken expansion project as a step to curb wasteful flaring of excess gas while boosting state tax revenues by allowing more oil drilling in the region.

Officials said oil drilling in the area north of Lake Sakakawea has been hampered by a lack of natural gas infrastructure.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials last summer approved a Certificate of Public Desirability and Necessity for the project, which adds 250 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to a pipeline network.

The company said the project includes the construction of approximately 62 miles of 24-inch natural gas pipeline beginning in Tioga and 20 miles of 12-inch pipeline, a new compressor station and additional infrastructure. The company said the project employed up to 450 people during construction.

The line would connect to the Northern Border Pipeline south of Watford City, from where gas would be routed to Iowa, Chicago and other markets.


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