Enable Midstream begins operating second Bakken gathering system

By Emily Aasand | May 26, 2015

Enable Midstream Partners LP announced that the first phase of its Nesson crude and produced water gathering system is in operation. The pipeline will serve wells in Williams and Mountrail counties of North Dakota.

Construction on the first segment of the Nesson system began in July 2014 and provides services to producer XTO Energy Inc. The pipeline has a maximum capacity of 1,800 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and as of May 7, crude oil has been flowing into the downstream delivery pipeline system, according to the company.

“Our customers continue to have a need for the delivery of energy to key markets,” said Lynn Bourdon, president and CEO of Enable Midstream. “We have a proven track record of effectively and efficiently deploying capital to meet that need.”

Phase two construction began in April 2015 and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. When completed, the Nesson system is expected to have a capacity of 30,000 bopd with more than 160 miles of pipeline and 69 origin points to gather crude oil and produced water.

In April, Enable Midstream completed its first crude oil and produced gathering system in North Dakota—the Bear Den Crude & Produced Water Gather System. This gather system also services XTO Energy in its Little Missouri field and has a maximum throughput of 19,500 bopd, according to the company.

“It’s a great demonstration of our ability to effectively and efficiently deploy expansion capital to meet our customers’ needs for delivering energy to key markets,” said Bourdon.

Enable Midstream develops and operated natural gas and crude oil infrastructure and has roughly 11,000 miles of gathering pipelines, 12 processing plants with approximately 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of processing capacity, roughly 7,900 miles of interstate pipelines with 8.4 billion cubic feet per day of transport capacity and nearly 86.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity.

Pipeline safety has been an ongoing issue in the industry and Enable Midstream says it is committed to the safe and reliable operations of its pipelines in the communities it serves.

“We monitor the operations of our pipelines which are designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained in accordance with all applicable federal and state requirements,” the company added. “We maintain our safety record through routine inspections, corrosion protection, maintenance and testing programs, employee training and public education.”


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