Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined ONEOK Partners and Williston area officials in celebrating the completion of three ONEOK projects that will greatly enhance the state's processing of natural gas and help reduce flaring in western North Dakota.
"We are making significant progress in the capturing and processing of natural gas and ONEOK Partners is playing a big role in that on-going effort," Dalrymple said. "With these major projects completed, we are able to further reduce flaring at oil well sites, decrease traffic congestion and impacts to our roads, and add value to our energy resources."
ONEOK Partners has invested more than $1 billion to complete construction of its Stateline I and Stateline II natural gas processing plants near Williston and two pipeline projects that will transfer natural gas throughout the region and the nation.
ONEOK marked today the completion of its Stateline II plant and two pipelines. ONEOK's Stateline II processing plant in western Williams County can process 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The Stateline II plant is the third natural gas processing facility that ONEOK has completed in the Williston Basin since late 2011.
The Oklahoma-based company also has completed its Bakken NGL pipeline. The pipeline, capable of transporting 60,000 barrels of natural liquids per day, extends 600 miles from processing plants in the Williston Basin to an interconnection in Colorado. From there, natural gas liquids are delivered to storage facilities in central Kansas.
Additionally, ONEOK is constructing a 270-mile natural gas gathering system which is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2013. The pipeline network will transfer natural gas from well sites in Divide County for processing at the company's Stateline I and Stateline II plants near Williston.
Among those who joined Dalrymple were Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, Williston Mayor Ward Koeser, ONEOK President Terry Spencer, Tom Rolfstad, director of Williston Economic Development, legislators and other local officials.