Citing significant demand, Energy Transfer to expand Bakken DAPL

By Luke Geiver | February 26, 2019

Energy Transfer LP is now considering expanding the capacity on the Bakken’s Dakota Access Pipeline. The company held an open season call in late 2018 to gauge the potential for adding an additional 35,000 barrels per day to the pipeline. According to the company, the interest and demand for adding even more barrels on the pipeline was “significant.”

The pipeline is currently moving 570,000 barrels per day of crude. With oil production growing in the Williston Basin and shipper commitments already pledged for future expansions, Energy Transfer told investors that it is looking into expanding the pipeline. To do so, pumping horsepower additions along the line could add a high-volume upgrade to DAPL.

In March, the company could issue another open season call for an expansion.

The success of DAPL and several other infrastructure build-outs across the North American shale scene has helped Energy Transfer mark 2018 as a transformative year, the company said. They are now opening an office in Beijing to help facilitate the export process of shale-based ethane produced in the U.S. Energy Transfer is collaborating on an export terminal in the U.S. Gulf Coast with plans to ship ethane to China.