Vantage Pipeline Approved

By Staff | September 06, 2013

The Vantage Pipeline will transfer ethane, a component of natural gas, from the Hess Corp. owned-and-operated gas plant in Tioga, N.D., 430 miles to Empress, Alberta, Canada. The 80-mile leg of the pipeline in North Dakota was recently approved,  completing a three-year process from submission through final permitting, which Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., noted following the announcement. “The project illustrates clearly how modern pipelines can create jobs, make us more energy secure and do so with good environmental stewardship,” he said.

The pipeline will require roughly 400,000 man hours to construct while injecting $300 million into the U.S. and Canadian economies. The ethane will be used as a feedstock to produce plastics, rubber, detergents and other consumer products by NOVA Chemicals. The project will also mark the first time that liquids from the Williston Basin will flow north and tie into Alberta infrastructure, according to Vantage Pipeline. The facility will move 60,000 barrels of ethane per day. “The ability to transport ethane for use in the plastics industry will provide an important new revenue source for gas producers in North Dakota and will also allow producers to reduce flaring,” said David Schmunk, chief operating officer of Mistral Energy U.S. Inc., the limited partner of Vantage Pipeline U.S.