ONEOK To Ramp Up Pipeline Capacity In Bakken Shale

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ONEOK Partners LP plans to invest $650 million to $780 million between now and the second quarter 2016 to build a new 200 MMcf/d natural gas processing facility – the Lonesome Creek plant – and related infrastructure in McKenzie County, ND, in the Bakken Shale in the Williston Basin and complete a second expansion of the Bakken NGL Pipeline, which will increase the pipeline’s capacity to 160,000 bpd from 135,000 bpd.
  The Lonesome Creek plant and related infrastructure are expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and will be supported by acreage dedications from producers.
  To accommodate NGL volumes produced from the new Lonesome Creek plant, ONEOK Partners will increase capacity on its Bakken NGL Pipeline, a 600-mile long pipeline completed in April 2013 that transports unfractionated NGLs produced in the Williston Basin to the partnership’s 50 percent-owned Overland Pass Pipeline.
  This second expansion of the Bakken NGL Pipeline, which is expected to be complete during the first half of 2016, will increase its capacity to 160,000 bpd to accommodate NGL volumes from the new Lonesome Creek plant. 
  The Bakken NGL Pipeline is currently being expanded to 135,000 bpd from an original capacity of 60,000 bpd. This previously announced initial expansion is expected to be complete in the third quarter 2014.