$260 Million Gas Pipeline Expansion Completed in North Dakota | North Dakota News

BISMARCK, ND (AP) — A subsidiary of Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has completed a $260 million gas pipeline expansion in western North Dakota.

State officials hailed WBI Energy Inc.’s North Bakken expansion project as a step toward reducing unnecessary flaring of excess gas, while increasing state tax revenue by allowing more oil drilling In the region.

Officials said oil drilling in the region north of Lake Sakakawea is crippled by the lack of natural gas infrastructure.

Last summer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project, which adds 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to a pipeline network.

The company said the project includes building approximately 62 miles from Tioga of a 24-inch gas pipeline and 20 miles of 12-inch pipe, a new compressor station and additional infrastructure. The company said the project employed up to 450 people during construction.

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The line would connect to the North Border Pipeline south of Watford City, where gas would be sent to Iowa, Chicago and other markets.

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