PSC approves siting permit for NGL pipeline in McKenzie County

By The Bakken Magazine Staff | September 20, 2015

ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC is planning to construct and operate a 4-mile long, 8-inch NGL pipeline in McKenzie County under a siting permit approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Expected to come online in December this year, the Lonesome Creek Pipeline will have a maximum capacity of 30,000 barrels per day with an estimated capacity of approximately 15,000 barrels per day. The pipeline will carry a mixture of ethane, propane, butanes, iso-butane mix, pentanes and natural gas produced at the Lonesome Creek Gas Plant.

ONEOK said during a PSC hearing on the $6 million project that there is a need for the pipeline to transport materials out of the Lonesome Creek Gas Plant, a 200-million-cubic-foot-per-day facility also expected to come online in December. The pipeline will start at the ONEOK Lonesome Creek Gas Plant in McKenzie County and will end at a connecting point with ONEOK’s Garden Creek Pipeline southwest of Arnegard.

“This is another small but valuable piece of infrastructure to support the capture and processing of gas and the use of this valuable energy resource,” said Julie Fedorchak, PSC chair. “I particularly appreciate the efforts made by the company to colocate the pipeline with another line and to consolidate the associated reclamation.”