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Category Archive: Natural Gas

  1. Statoil Expands Natural Gas Project

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    Norwegian energy company Statoil is planning to expand a natural gas capture project in the state, aiming to have all six of the company’s drilling rigs powered by captured natural gas that has been compressed and cleaned. Statoil is partnering with General Electric and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels on the project. Statoil is hoping that the project expansion will reduce company flaring by 3-5 percent. Read more in the Bismarck Tribune.

  2. New Gas Plant in Operation

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    Oneok Partner’s Garden Creek II Plant is now operational in McKenzie County. The $300 million plant can produce 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The company now has natural gas processing capacity of more than 500 million cubic feet per day in North Dakota’s oil patch. A seventh processing facility is planned in 2016 in northeastern McKenzie County. Read more in the Bakken Breakout.

  3. State-Owned Power Plant Receives Grant to Study Uses for Excess Capacity

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    The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded a grant to the Red River Regional Council to study whether excess capacity at a state-owned power plant in Grafton can be successfully utilized to support a proposed greenhouse and other industrial energy park projects. The plant is located at Grafton’s Life Skills and Transition Center, which has had declining demand for energy produced from the facility. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine and Farm and Ranch Guide.

  4. Company Says Micro Refineries Could Make Oil by Rail Safer

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    Williston-based Quantum Energy is proposing to construct several ‘micro refineries’ near rail terminals to strip propane and other volatile gases from oil prior to rail shipment to distant refineries. The company also proposes to remove diesel fuel from some of the Bakken’s oil production to help ease the tight supplies in the region. Construction costs for each micro refinery are estimated at $500 million. Read more in the Jamestown Sun.

  5. State Regulators Approve New Flaring Guidelines

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    North Dakota’s Industrial Commission has approved new rules governing natural gas flaring in the state.  The rules set overall benchmark goals for the percent of captured gas and also require operators to complete and submit a gas capture plan prior to approval to drill a new well. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says North Dakota should see a “significant drop” in the volume of natural gas flared by next year.  Read more in the Bismarck Tribune.

  6. ND Pipeline Summit Held

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    Pipeline officials and regulators gathered at Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence for the 2nd annual Governor’s Pipeline Summit. The 150 attendees received updates from state and company officials on issues relating to pipeline development, construction and safety. State officials estimate that over the last seven years, more than $9.5 billion has been invested into pipeline infrastructure and natural gas processing facilities. Read more in the Bakken Breakout and The Bakken Magazine.

  7. Flaring Concerns Remain Around Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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    A June 22 story in the Washington Post highlights the ongoing concerns with natural gas flaring in the viewshed of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. According to Park officials, 26 natural gas flares can be seen from inside the park at night. The 70,000 acre park is located on top of the Bakken formation. North Dakota flared 33 percent of natural gas production in March, compared with the national average of one percent. Read more in the Washington Post.

  8. Natural Gas Infrastructure Plans Announced

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    Mid-stream energy infrastructure company Summit Midstream Partners, LLC is planning to invest $300 million in North Dakota to develop four new oil and natural gas related projects in the oil patch. The company plans to build a larger footprint in Williams and Divide counties, include the acquisition of crude gathering lines and infrastructure. Read more in the Bakken Magazine.

  9. Governor Warns Industry on Flaring

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    Governor Jack Dalrymple addressed the more than 4,000 participants at this week’s Williston Basin Petroleum Council in Bismarck.  In his remarks, Dalrymple said that the state plans to be tougher on regulating flaring, especially with requests to extend flaring beyond the one-year currently allowed under state law.  North Dakota set an all-time record for flared gas—36 percent—in December 2013.  The Governor also applauded recent announcements and investments in natural gas processing facilities in the state.  Read more in the Bakken Breakout.