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ABOUT WBI ENERGY

Much like a train delivers cargo for its customers, WBI Energy delivers natural gas to customers who arrange to receive it. We don’t buy or sell natural gas. Our customers generally are local distribution companies, such as natural gas utilities that serve homes and businesses, or industrial facilities that use natural gas to fuel their operations. Our customers also include natural gas producers, power plants and marketing companies.

WBI Energy is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE: MDU), a Fortune 500 company that is Building a Strong America® by providing essential products and services through its regulated energy delivery and construction materials and services businesses.

Key Stats

STORAGE and SUPPLY

Two underground storage fields in Montana and Wyoming provide storage services to local distribution companies, producers, natural gas marketers and others, and serve to enhance system deliverability.

WBI Energy Transmission’s system is strategically located near five natural gas-producing basins, making natural gas supplies available to the company’s transportation and storage customers. The system has 14 interconnecting points with other pipeline facilities, allowing for the receipt and/or delivery of natural gas to and from other regions of the country and from Canada.

1930s pipeline construction crew

NEARLY 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

WBI Energy’s roots go back to the 1920s when several short-haul pipelines were needed to transport newly developing supplies of natural gas to a central electric power plant in eastern Montana. Since that time, WBI Energy has grown its services and territory to include approximately 3,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline spanning portions of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

WBI Energy Historical Timeline

1926
Drilled first natural gas well on the Cedar Creek Anticline. Built a pipeline to transport the gas to Glendive.
1926
1930s pipeline construction crew
1930s
Built pipelines from Baker to Bismarck and Glendive to Williston
1930s
1940s
Began gas storage in Baker
1940s
1950
Built 334-mile line from Worland to Cabin Creek; bought Billings system; built line from Williston to Minot
1950
1970s
Built a 230-mile pipeline from Bismarck to eastern ND
1970s
1985
Became Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline
1985
1993
Open access
1993
2000s
Grasslands Pipeline from Williston Basin to Wyoming, along with Grasslands expansion projects.
2000s
2011
Pipeline expansions in Northwestern North Dakota and Billings area of Montana.
2011
2012
Became WBI Energy, Inc.
2012
2014
Black Hills Enhancement, Billings Line Enhancement and Garden Creek II projects
2014
2015
Charbonneau to NBPL Meter Upgrade
2015
2016
Wild Basin and NW ND Enhancement projects
2016
2017
LS #25 Expansion and McKenzie Plant to Charbonneau projects
2017
pipeline construction
2018
Valley Expansion, LS #27 Expansion and Powell/Lovell Expansion projects
2018
2019
Demicks Lake and LS #22 Expansion projects
2019
2020
Demicks Lake II
2020
2021
North Bakken Expansion
2021