North Dakota Regulators Approve ONEOK Pipeline

(P&GJ) — ONEOK has received approval from North Dakota state regulators to construct a 75-mile pipeline lateral connecting the northern portion of the Bakken NGL Pipeline with a third-party natural gas processing plant in eastern Williams County, North Dakota.

The 16-inch steel pipeline is supported by long-term dedicated NGL production, including a minimum volume commitment, ONEOK said when the project was announced last year.  It is expected to carry up to 90,000 bpd of natural gas liquids from the company’s Stateline-to-Riverview pipeline system to Hess Tioga Natural Gas Processing Plant.

The lateral will provide access to raw feed NGL pipeline takeaway in an area of Williams County with historically limited transportation options and will provide connectivity with key NGL market centers.

ONEOK says it has acquired nearly 75% of the necessary waivers and rights-of-way and will secure the outstanding waivers before beginning construction. The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the project on April 1.

The company estimates the project to cost $100 million and to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020.

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