New natural gas pipeline 'open for business'

Oct 30, 2013

Gov. Dalrymple and industry representatives at a Capitol news conference to discuss the new Tioga Lateral Pipeline.
Credit Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

An 80 mile long, $170 million natural gas pipeline is now ready for gas.

It’s called the Tioga Lateral Pipeline – and it will connect the Hess gas plant in Tioga with the Alliance Pipeline. It’ll move the Bakken gas to Chicago. And it will move both regular gas and liquefied natural gas. The line will have a capacity of 126 million cubic feet of natural gas each day.

Alliance says the new line will help reduce the flaring of natural gas.

"We're very glad as Alliance to contribute to Gov. Dalrymple and the North Dakota oil and gas industry and their efforts to curb flaring," said Alliance CEO Terrance Kutryk. "This pipeline represents a very valuable piece of energy infrastructure -- not only for Alliance, but for all of North Dakota."

"This is not a silver bullet that is going to solve all the flaring issues," said North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness. "But pipelines like this one are critical for the long run."

Amerada Hess will provide about half the pipeline's capacity. Hess is doubling the size of its Tioga natural gas processing facility – and plans to announce the completion of that project shortly. Kutryk says Alliance is looking for other producers to fill the other half.