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

The Williston Basin pipeline is being eyed by the market as agrowing corridor from the Rocky Mountain region to markets in theMidwest. “We saw quite a bit of demand on our first open season [inJune] and in this one we expect to see a little bit more becausethe basin is opening up more and we’re seeing more interest,” saidWilliam D. Kickert, Williston’s transportation services Manager.

Kickert said current delivery point capacity at Northern Borderis about 100 MMcf/d, rising by 20 MMcf/d following the results of aJune open season. “We have a constraint between there and thecenter of our system and that’s what this open season willalleviate. It will increase the capacity to get to Glen Ullin, ourNorthern Border interconnect.”

Williston currently takes about 50 MMcf/d out of the PowderRiver in the far northeastern corner of Wyoming and thesoutheastern corner of Montana. The company said it plans to addabout 40 MMcf/d of receipt capacity based on market interestcollected during its June open season. A further receipt pointexpansion will be the result of this new open season.

Williston will consider construction of 80 miles of new pipelinebetween the Little Beaver and Dickinson Compressor Stations, theinstallation of 4,000 HP of compression at Little Beaver, and thelooping and upgrade of other existing pipe. The targeted in-servicedate of this capacity increase is Nov. 1, 2002.

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

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