WBI Energy To Build Dakota Gas Pipeline

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WBI Energy Inc. announced that planning for a 375-mile long natural gas pipeline stretching from western North Dakota to northwestern Minnesota is underway and an open season seeking capacity commitments has begun.
  Rapidly growing natural gas production in western North Dakota, coupled with increasing demand from industrial, commercial and residential markets in eastern North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other Midwest markets, has generated strong interest in the Dakota Pipeline from potential shippers across the region.
  The proposed route will provide access to interconnections with pipelines operated by Great Lakes Gas Transmission Ltd. Partnership, Viking Gas Transmission Co. and, potentially TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. The interconnections would be at a point in northwestern Minnesota.
  The Dakota Pipeline has been designed to initially transport approximately 400 MMcf/d of natural gas and, depending on user commitments, could be expanded to more than 500 MMcf/d. At a transport volume of 400 MMcf/d, the pipeline carries enough natural gas annually to provide the needs of 1.3 million homes.
  The majority of the new pipeline would be comprised of 24-inch diameter pipeline and includes two new compressor stations.
Following receipt of the contractual capacity commitments from the open season and the granting of the necessary permits and regulatory approvals, construction on the new pipeline could begin in 2016 with completion expected in 2017.