Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined officials from Alliance Pipeline to celebrate the completion of the energy delivery company's Tioga Lateral Pipeline. The 80-mile pipeline will deliver rich natural gas that might otherwise be flared in western North Dakota to Alliance's existing mainline for continued distribution to processing plants and the Chicago-area market hub.
"This state-of-the-art pipeline will help us reduce flaring, add value to our natural resources and support our nation's energy security," Dalrymple said. "We appreciate Alliance Pipeline's continued investment in North Dakota's energy industry and look forward to moving more of the state's rich natural gas to market."
The newly commissioned Tioga Lateral Pipeline will transport rich natural gas which includes ethane, propane, pentane and butane in the gas stream. The 12-inch pipeline will move natural gas from Hess Corporation's gas processing plant near Tioga to a world-scale liquid natural gas fractionation facility in Illinois and to other markets. Alliance plans to contract with other producers to satisfy the pipeline's capacity to ship about 126 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Alliance invested about $170 million in the pipeline's construction which began in began in October 2012.
Dalrymple and Alliance Pipeline officials announced the project's completion during a news conference held at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Those joining Dalrymple to mark the pipeline's completion included Alliance Pipeline CEO Terrance Kutryk; Steve McNally, general manager of Hess Corp. North Dakota and Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
The Alliance Pipeline system consists of about 2,300 miles of pipeline that delivers natural gas from Western Canada and the Williston Basin to processing facilities and other market connections based in the Chicago area. The pipeline system, in operation since 2000, delivers daily an average of about 1.6 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas. Alliance's high-tech gas control center allows for constant remote monitoring and control of the entire pipeline system. Gas controller systems gather data from the pipeline and can send commands to the field, allowing for total control of the system.