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Contact information:

Dave Linn, Project Manager
WBI Energy
2010 Montana Ave.
Glendive, MT 59330

Toll-free: 844-825-9397
[email protected]

Laura Lueder

North Bakken Expansion Project Overview

On February 14, 2020, and as amended on July 28, 2020, WBI Energy Transmission, Inc. (WBI Energy) filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory  Commission (FERC or Commission) a certificate application requesting authorization to construct, modify, operate and maintain facilities for its proposed North Bakken Expansion Project (Project) in Burke, McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams Counites, North Dakota. The FERC assigned the project Docket Nos. CP20-52-000 and CP20-52-001.

The proposed North Bakken Expansion Project is designed to provide up to 250,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day of firm transportation service from receipt points in the Williston Basin of northwest North Dakota and near WBI Energy's existing Tioga Compressor Station to a new interconnect with Northern Border Pipeline Company (Northern Border) in McKenzie County.  The Project involves constructing approximately 62.8 miles of new 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline from its Tioga Compressor Station near Tioga, North Dakota to a new compressor station, the Elkhorn Creek Compressor Station, in McKenzie County, North Dakota, as well as constructing approximately 0.3 mile of new 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline from the proposed Elkhorn Creek Compressor Station to a new interconnect with Northern Border’s mainline southeast of Watford City, North Dakota. 

The Project also includes constructing approximately 20.3 miles of new 12-inch diameter natural gas pipeline looping between the Tioga Compressor Station and an existing receipt station along WBI Energy's existing Line Section 25 in Mountrail and Burke counties, constructing approximately 9.6 miles of 12-inch diameter natural gas pipeline looping along WBI Energy's existing Line Section 30 in Williams County, and constructing approximately 0.5 mile of new 20-inch diameter natural gas pipeline receipt lateral to the Tioga Compressor Station.

Additionally, the Project includes adding additional compression horsepower at the Tioga Compressor Station, uprates to WBI Energy's Line Section 25, and the installation of new and modifications to existing delivery, receipt and transfer stations along the pipeline routes, replacing small segments of pipeline and installing block valves, pig launcher/receiver stations and other associated appurtenances along the pipeline routes.

Project maps show the preliminary pipeline routes and the locations of the proposed facilities.

The proposed North Bakken Expansion Project, as amended, will provide an additional 250 million cubic feet per day of natural gas takeaway capacity from natural gas processing plants in the Williston Basin in northwest North Dakota to support transportation of increasing levels of natural gas and to aid in the reduction of natural gas flaring.

Assuming environmental and regulatory approval are received, construction on the project is expected to begin in early 2021 and be completed in late 2021.

Estimated Project Milestones
WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.
North Bakken Expansion Project

WBI Energy submits prefiling request

June 28, 2019 

FERC issues Director's Notice of Pre-Filing 

July 3, 2019 

WBI Energy conducts public open houses

Aug. 6 and 7, 2019

WBI Energy files NGA Section 7 application 

Feb. 14, 2020 

WBI Energy files amendment to application

July 28, 2020 

FERC issues EA 

Dec. 17, 2020 

FERC issues authorization 

January 2021 

FERC issues Notice to Proceed 

March 2021 

WBI Energy places facilities in service 

November 2021 

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