Bison Pipeline Begins Moving Natural Gas Out Of Rockies

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TransCanada Corporation’s Bison Pipeline, constructed by Michels Pipeline Construction and Price Gregory International, became operational Jan. 14, 2011. The 303-mile, 30-inch-diameter interstate pipeline has an initial capacity of 407 MMcf/d, all of which is currently under long-term contract. With additional compression, the pipeline is expandable to 1 Bcfd.
  Bison begins in northeastern Wyoming and travels northeast through Montana and North Dakota before connecting with Northern Border Pipeline in North Dakota. Natural gas transported on Bison will reach Midwest markets via Northern Border, a pipeline partially owned indirectly through TransCanada’s interest in TC PipeLines, LP. Bison is TransCanada’s first pipeline to access natural gas produced in the U.S. Rocky Mountain region.
  “The Rockies was one of the last major North American producing basins that we weren’t connected to,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada president and chief executive officer. “Bison provides new options both to producers in the Powder River Basin and to consumers in the Midwest.”
  “Connecting to Northern Border provides a lower-cost overall competitive solution for Bison’s customers, and it adds value to an existing asset by strengthening its contract profile and diversifying its gas supply mix,” Girling added.