$650M Pipeline to Move Bakken Gas To NW Minnesota

By The Bakken magazine staff | March 23, 2014

MDU Resources Group Inc. has joined the list of companies looking to build a Bakken pipeline. WBI Energy Inc, the pipeline and energy services subsidiary of MDU, has announced plans to build a 375-mile natural gas pipeline from western North Dakota, to northwestern Minnesota. According to WBI, rapidly growing natural gas production in the western North Dakota, along with increasing demand from industrial, commercial and residential markets in eastern North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other Midwest markets, has generated great interest in the proposed $650 million pipeline.

The pipeline would interconnect with other pipelines in northwestern Minnesota. Initial plans for the pipeline include 400 million cubic feet per day of natural gas with the potential to expand to 500 MMcf/d. The project will require two new compressor stations. Construction could begin in 2016 and be complete by 2017, the company said.

Over the past two years, the push to build a pipeline to move Bakken-sourced crude has not succeeded for some. Koch Pipeline Co. stopped plans to build a 250,000 barrels-per-day-pipelinefrom North Dakota,  to Illinois. Oneok Partners LP, a major player in the shipment, storage, handling and compression of Bakken natural gas, also abandoned plans to build a crude oil pipeline from the Bakken play to Cushing, Okla.