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By Tie Shank 

ONEOK Partners Completes Garden Creek II Natural Gas Processing Facility

 

In a press release on August 26, 2014, Oneok announced that its 100-million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) natural gas processing facility in eastern McKenzie County in North Dakota – the Garden Creek II plant – is now operational.

Oneok Partners is the largest independent operator of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Williston Basin, with a natural gas gathering system of more than 6,500 miles and more than 3 million acres where production is dedicated to its systems.

Terry K. Spencer, president and chief executive officer of Oneok Partners stated, "Oneok Partners' Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity now exceeds 500 MMcf/d – five times more than our processing capacity in the region was in 2010 – and we expect that number to grow to more than 600 MMcf/d during the fourth quarter of this year, when the Garden Creek III plant is completed. Increased natural gas processing also will lead to a reduction of natural gas flaring in North Dakota."

The partnership's Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity is expected to increase to approximately 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) by the third quarter 2016 following the completion of additional natural gas infrastructure in the region, including:

1. The Garden Creek III plant – which is expected to be completed in the third quarter 2014.

2. The Lonesome Creek plant – which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter 2015.

3. The Demicks Lake plant – which is expected to be completed in the third quarter 2016.

The construction of additional natural gas compression to take advantage of additional natural gas processing capacity as a result of better than expected plant performance – which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter 2015.

Spencer adds, "Pending board approval, we expect to announce additional Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity by the end of this year."

 

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