Dakota Natural Gas Expanding Access with Pipeline Project

Photo: Dakota Natural Gas
Photo: Dakota Natural Gas

Dakota Natural Gas (DNG) completed its 35-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Viking pipeline in Minnesota to North Dakota customers in July, though service installation is ongoing.

DNG is a natural gas distribution company, based in Drayton, ND with a sister office in Faribault, MN. The company provides natural gas service to a variety of customers, including individual households and large commercial or agricultural customers in rural communities where natural gas was not previously available. 

This year’s project includes about 64 miles of distribution main, and DNG should have about 80 miles of distribution main by the end of the year, said Cody Chilson, president of DNG. DNG is adding about 650 customers this year, he said.

“Our project serves an area in North Dakota that has not previously had access to natural gas,” Chilson said. “The demand has been high for decades, but until this year residents and businesses have needed to use other energy sources.”
There has been significant support for the project in the area, he said.

“Customers are looking forward to the cost savings and ease of use that natural gas provides vs. other fuel sources,” Chilson said.

The 35-mile pipeline project cost about $9 million, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The pipeline is expected to be in service this year, and its completion of construction in July put it ahead of schedule.

Several property owners not within the initial year project scope have contacted DNG asking for natural gas, the company said. While they could not be included in this year’s project, DNG is committed to future expansion and to serve those areas desiring natural gas extending wherever it is economically viable to do so.

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