Hess given the go-ahead to convert an oil pipeline from gathering to transmission

May 29, 2018

Public Service Commissioners Brian Kroshus (l), chairman Randy Christmann and Julie Fedorchak.
Credit Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead to Hess Corporation to convert 19 miles of oil gathering pipeline to a transmission line.

That pipeline will connect to the Dakota Access Pipeline. It will have a capacity of up to 160,000 barrels of oil per day.

Hess will have to build three booster pumps. The cost of the conversion and addition of the booster pumps: $114 million.

"All in all, I think it's an example of maximizing the existing infrastructure," said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. "This is reducing the environmental impact by not requiring the construction of an entirely new line. Also, it's good to use pipelines in general, and to take advantage of the capacity on the DAPL line."

The conversion project should be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019.