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Williston Expanding Powder River Access

Williston Expanding Powder River Access

Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline is planning to expand firm transportation capacity from the rapidly growing Powder River Basin to its connection with Northern Border in North Dakota by 55 MMcf/d. The company is holding an open season through Nov. 30.

The Williston Basin pipeline is being eyed by the market as a growing corridor from the Rocky Mountain region to markets in the Midwest. "We saw quite a bit of demand on our first open season [in June] and in this one we expect to see a little bit more because the basin is opening up more and we're seeing more interest," said William D. Kickert, Williston's transportation services Manager.

Kickert said current delivery point capacity at Northern Border is about 100 MMcf/d, rising by 20 MMcf/d following the results of a June open season. "We have a constraint between there and the center of our system and that's what this open season will alleviate. It will increase the capacity to get to Glen Ullin, our Northern Border interconnect."

Williston currently takes about 50 MMcf/d out of the Powder River in the far northeastern corner of Wyoming and the southeastern corner of Montana. The company said it plans to add about 40 MMcf/d of receipt capacity based on market interest collected during its June open season. A further receipt point expansion will be the result of this new open season.

Williston will consider construction of 80 miles of new pipeline between the Little Beaver and Dickinson Compressor Stations, the installation of 4,000 HP of compression at Little Beaver, and the looping and upgrade of other existing pipe. The targeted in-service date of this capacity increase is Nov. 1, 2002.

A list of the existing receipt and delivery points and the open season notice are available on Williston Basin's Internet web site at ebb.wbip.com . For more information, contact Mark Baerlocher at (701) 530-1557 or William D Kickert at (701) 530-1622.

Rocco Canonica

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