Bakken Oil Pipeline a Reality

Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 07:10 PM gHale

With pipeline safety becoming a bigger trend across North America, it appears in one year up to 100,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude oil will move through pipelines to refineries across the country.

The crude’s movement by pipeline in McKenzie County, North Dakota, became a reality Wednesday by a vote of the state’s Public Service Commission.

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NST Express LLC, which is part of The Woodlands, Texas-based NorthStar Midstream, plans to build a 12-inch diameter crude oil pipeline in McKenzie County. The company’s submitted its application in May.

“This is a 23-mile pipeline in the heart of the Bakken,” said commission Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak. “Everything was pretty straightforward so we were able to turn it around pretty quickly.”

Fedorchak said the pipeline would have a maximum capacity of 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil.

Oil would end up transported from a new gathering facility called the NST Express Alexander Facility about 9 miles north of Alexander to its NST Transload East Fairview Facility a half-mile north of East Fairview, near the Montana state line.

“It’s a good strategic location,” Fedorchak said.

NST Express LLC said the project would reduce truck traffic and help provide a way to move crude to markets across the country.

The new Alexander facility is to include as many as six pipeline interconnects, four offload skids for trucks, a pump station and up to three crude storage tanks with a capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil each.

Monitoring equipment also will end up installed. A portion of the pipeline that’s to go under the Yellowstone River would be at least 50 feet beneath the riverbed.

NST Express LLC plans to have the project completed and online by late 2016 at a cost of between $60 million and $80 million.

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