MDU Resources Pipeline Expansion in Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota

The proposed pipeline would connect the Viking Gas Transmission Company pipeline near Felton, Minnesota, to WBI Energy’s existing pipeline near Mapleton, North Dakota. Cost of the expansion project is estimated at $50 million.

“The Valley Expansion Project will provide another source of natural gas to help fuel industrial and commercial growth in the area, and will greatly enhance supply security for existing end users in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota,” said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple for several years has been a proponent of bringing more natural gas supply to the Red River Valley. “A project like the Valley Expansion is, frankly, a long-time coming, and I congratulate WBI Energy for its commitment to making it happen. This project will encourage continued growth in eastern North Dakota,” Dalrymple said. “Whether it’s industrial and commercial facilities, new natural gas-fired electric-generation plants or even taps to local farmers for drying grain, I expect we will see numerous benefits from this expansion in this important area of our state.”

As initially designed, the pipeline will be able to transport 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. With minor enhancements, it will be able to transport significantly more product if required, based on capacity requested during the open season or as needed in the future as the region’s needs grow. WBI Energy has begun the process of identifying a route for the project and, once the necessary permitting and regulatory work is completed, construction could begin in early 2018 with completion expected late that same year. The pipeline, from permitting through construction and operation, will be under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, similar to the existing WBI Energy pipeline system.

“We’re excited to announce this project and to be a part of growth efforts and increased supply reliability in the region,” said Martin A. Fritz, president and CEO of WBI Energy. “From the Valley Expansion Project in the east to our multiple system expansions this year in northwestern North Dakota, our team is committed to meeting the needs of our customers through increased natural gas transportation capacity. The upcoming open season will help us secure capacity commitments for the Valley Expansion Project and will initiate the process for obtaining the necessary permits and regulatory approvals. We’re looking forward to proceeding with this important project.”