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More Natural Gas Transportation Needed in Bakken


In one of my previous blogs, Bakken Gas to Chicago with help from Alliance Pipeline, I blogged about Alliance pipeline helping to facilitate the much needed natural gas transportation out of the oil prone Bakken play.  Natural gas infrastructure still needs additional resources and with the ever increasing activity in the play it is good to start putting solutions in motion now.  Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company recently commenced a Binding Open Season from May 19 to June 2 for the sale of long term firm natural gas transportation capacity to the Northern Border Pipeline at the Charbonneau pipeline interconnect in Northwest North Dakota.  This additional capacity is the result of a planned expansion of their existing natural gas pipeline by approximately 33 percent which would amount to an additional 30 MMcf/d.  The expansion project consists of adding facilities to an existing compressor station and the expected in-service date is November 2011.  Below is a map of their North Dakota pipeline system.

Below is a graph of Bakken daily average gas production since January 2009.  We can see an increase in gas production until it levels off in August 2009.

The company’s existing pipeline currently has a natural gas capacity of 90 MMcf/d from 11 production receipt points.  In addition to the pipeline expansion, Williston Basin Pipeline Co. is planning to add additional natural gas receipt points throughout the Bakken.

To learn more visit the Williston Basin Pipeline Folder in the Unconventional Updates in DI’s DNA.

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Anne Leonard

In January 2015, Anne Leonard headed the team that launched the latest addition to DrillingInfo’s international publications, International Scout Frontier North America which covers the US Gulf of Mexico as well as Maritime and Arctic Canada. She has been reporting on exploration and production for more than 30 years. She began her career in Denver covering the Rocky Mountain Region, and has spent the last 10 years covering the international arena, with a particular focus on Latin America, Africa, Western Europe and the Far East. Anne received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nebraska.