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By Tie Shank 

Fifth New Natural Gas Processing Plant In North Dakota Approved

 

ONEOK Partners along with the North Dakota Public Service Commission has announced the building of the new 100 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) natural gas processing plant near Watford City. This facility, Garden Creek III, will be adjacent to ONEOK’s Garden Creek I plant and will be located on the same 80-acre parcel where the company is currently building another natural gas processing plant, Garden Creek II.

The expected cost of the Garden Creek III plant and its related infrastructure, including expansions and upgrades to the partnership’s existing natural gas gathering systems and compression is approximately $325 million to $360 million. Garden Creek III is expected to be in service during the first quarter of 2015 less than a year after Garden Creek II’s expected in service date of the third quarter of 2014.

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak states “This project is another important step in reducing the flaring and waste of North Dakota’s abundant natural gas resources.”

In addition to building the new plant, Oneok will be constructing a new 95-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline between existing NGL fractionation infrastructure at Hutchinson, Kan., and Medford, Oklahoma and will be modifying the partnership’s NGL fractionation infrastructure at Hutchinson, Kan., to accommodate lighter, unfractionated NGLs produced in the Williston Basin.

“The new Garden Creek III plant increases our natural gas processing capacity to meet producers’ needs in the Williston Basin, and the expansion of our downstream NGL infrastructure will offer additional fractionation and transportation capacity for NGLs coming from the region,” stated Pierce H. Norton II, executive vice president, Oneok Partners commercial.

Oneok Partners recently announced when completed the natural gas processing capacities of their new Stateline II plant and the Garden Creek II and III plants combined with the existing Garden Creek, Grasslands and Stateline I natural gas facilities will be 590 MMcf/d in the Williston Basin.

With a natural gas gathering system of more than 5,000 miles and acreage dedications of nearly 3.1 million acres, Oneok Partners is the largest independent operator of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Williston Basin and they continue to expand to meet the growing needs of the basin.

 

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