Energy corridor proposed for ND, MN

Sep 26, 2013

A Minnesota-based power company is proposing a comprehensive energy transportation corridor in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Allete is proposing the corridor would follow an existing 465 mile path between Center and Duluth. That’s the route of an existing Allete power line. The corridor would be home to other infrastructure development, such as pipelines.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he would like to see it used for a natural gas pipeline – to take gas from the Bakken and move in to the east.

"The pipeline companies make these decisions. We don't," Dalrymple told Bismarck reporters. "But we're going to play a role, encouraging people to look at this as an opportunity to move something forward."

About 30 percent of the natural gas produced in the Bakken is flared.

"We need to move substantially more gas out of the Bakken region that we are today," said Dalrymple.

Allete -- through its subsidiary, Minnesota Power -- owns a 250 kilovolt DC (direct current) line that runs from a substation near Center to Duluth.