Gov. Jack Dalrymple today pledged the state's support to assist WBI Energy Inc. in developing a natural gas pipeline project that would further reduce the flaring of natural gas in western North Dakota.
WBI Energy Inc., a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., announced plans today for a proposed pipeline that would transport Bakken-produced natural gas from western North Dakota to industrial, commercial and residential customers in eastern North Dakota as well as other markets throughout the Midwest.
"This proposed project is another example of the great progress we are making in North Dakota," Dalrymple said. "We are committed to working with WBI Energy and the entire energy industry to further reduce flaring, add value to our resources, to continue diversifying our economy in North Dakota and support our national energy security."
MDU Resources and WBI Energy announced a proposal to build a 400-mile natural gas pipeline that would extend from about 20 miles southwest of Williston to a Viking Gas interconnection in western Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would be capable of transporting about 400 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, and could be expanded to transport as much as 500 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The project is estimated to cost between $650 million and $700 million to complete.
WBI Energy plans to begin accepting long-term service commitments from natural gas producers late this summer. Construction of the pipeline could begin in early 2016, provided that service commitments and regulatory permits are secured.