Natural Gas and NGL Infrastructure Expansions Announced by ONEOK

The plans to expand its natural gas and natural gas liquids infrastructure between now and 2021, was announced by ONEOK, Inc.

An expansion of a 200 million cubic feet per day Bear Creek natural gas processing facility and related infrastructure in the Williston Basin is expected to cost approximately $405 million and expecting to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. Following the completion of the Bear Creek expansion, ONEOK's Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity will increase to more than 1.6 billion cubic feet per day.

The 65,000 barrels per day expansion to ONEOK's Mid-Continent NGL fractionation facilities are expected to cost approximately $150 million. The expansion includes 15,000 barrel per day expected to be completed in the third quarter 2020 and 50,000 barrel per day expected to be completed in the first quarter 2021. 

The West Texas LPG pipeline expansion will add an additional 80,000 barrel per day on the West Texas LPG pipeline system and is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2020. The cost is expected to be approximately $145 million.

In expectation of accelerating volume growth from the Williston and Powder River basins, additional infrastructure will be constructed to increase connectivity between the Elk Creek and Arbuckle II pipelines.


Binding Open Season Announced for Thunder Creek NGL Pipeline

A binding open season to secure volume dedications for the proposed construction and development on its existing Thunder Creek NGL Pipeline system was announced by Meritage Midstream. The binding open season started at 8:00 AM MT on June 10, 2019 and is scheduled to conclude at 5:00 PM MT on July 10, 2019.

The pipeline will transport NGLs from two processing plants in Campbell and Converse counties, Wyoming, to an interconnection point with ONEOK's Bakken Pipeline in Converse County.

Meritage said the open season seeks to obtain volume dedications from shippers to the following proposed new movements:

1. Originating from Thunder Creek Gas Services' 50 Buttes Process Plant in Campbell County with a destination at an interconnection with ONEOK Bakken Pipeline in Converse County, and

2. Originating from Thunder Creek's Steamboat I Natural Gas Plant in Converse County, with a destination at an interconnection with ONEOK Bakken Pipeline in Converse County, Wyoming.

The proposed new origin and destination points will allow potential shippers to move product from Thunder Creek plants in the Powder River Basin to a newly established interconnect with ONEOK Bakken Pipeline at Well Draw in Converse County.

It will then provide access to ONEOK’s Niobrara Lateral, which will ultimately access newly created capacity on ONEOK’s Elk Creek expansion. The new movements is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, subject to shipper demand.


Proposed $15 Million Pipeline Project in North Dakota Is Set for Public Hearing

The Public Service Commission in North Dakota have scheduled a public hearing in Watford City on the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC’s 11-mile pipeline.

The pipeline will be connecting the Targa Badlands Little Missouri Gas Processing Plant with ONEOK’s planned Demicks Lake Pipeline.

The company wants to build the $15 million 12-inch steel natural gas liquids pipeline in McKenzie County that would carry up to 20,000 barrels per day.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Little Missouri Inn and Suites.


ONEOK Bakken NGL Pipeline Permit Approved by North Dakota

ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, LLC, got approval from North Dakota’s Public Service Commission to build 77-mile long natural gas liquids pipeline, in a statement released by PUC.

The pipeline will start at the company's natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County and connect with another pipeline in Richland County, Montana.

The project is estimated to cost $125 million and 20-inch steel pipeline is designed to carry a maximum of 1,680,000 gallons per day.


Bakken NGL Pipeline Extension Announced by ONEOK

Natural gas liquids pipeline lateral connecting the northern portion of the Bakken NGL Pipeline with a third-party natural gas processing plant in eastern Williams County, North Dakota, was announced by ONEOK, Inc.

The company is planning to invest approximately US$100 million to construct the 75 mile lateral and is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2020. The pipeline project is supported by long-term dedicated NGL production, including a minimum volume commitment, which will provide NGLs to ONEOK's Elk Creek Pipeline.

As a leading midstream service provider and owner of one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids systems, ONEOK, Inc. connects NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers. The company has as extensive network of natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets.


Tulsa's ONEOK to Expand Arbuckle II NGL Pipeline in $1 Billion NatGas Investment

Tulsa-based ONEOK said it will invest more than $1 billion on a new natural gas processing plant in Mont Belvieu and a major pipeline running from Oklahoma to the Houston region.

ONEOK said $250 million of their investment will be used on expanding the Arbuckle II NGL pipeline to the Mont Belvieu storage and processing hub. The remaining $750 million will be spent on a new fractionator that separates the components of NGLs into ethane, butane, propane, and more.

The approximately 530-mile pipeline is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, and will see an increase to 500,000 barrels per day from the initially proposed 400,000 barrels per day.

Earlier in September, ONEOK announced a $300 million investment to connect its West Texas NGL pipeline system to the Arbuckle system.

"Continued production growth across the basins ONEOK serves requires additional NGL fractionation and natural gas processing capacity," said ONEOK Chief Executive Terry Spencer. "Producers are looking for increased connectivity with the Mont Belvieu market center, and ONEOK is competitively positioned to provide it."

Houston Chronicle

North Dakota Regulators Approve $1.8 Million Cherry Creek NGL Pipeline

North Dakota regulators have approved a $1.8 million natural gas liquids pipeline project that will be developed by ONEOK Rockies Midstream in the northwestern area of the state.

ONEOK will convert an existing natural gas gathering pipeline and part of another gathering pipeline into a natural gas liquids transmission line, or the Cherry Creek Pipeline.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission said in its approval that the pipeline would be a safer transportation option as well as help reduce excess natural gas flaring.

The pipeline will transport up to 50,000 barrels of natural gas liquids from McKenzie County to Williams County, where it will then go into the Bakken Pipeline.

The pipeline conversion will involve little construction and is expected to be in use by the end of 2019.

The Washington Post

Third Pipeline Company Reports Data System Shutdown Due to Potential Cyberattack

Pipeline company Oneok Inc. reported Tuesday that its electronic system for communicating with customers has stopped working, the third company to report a similar shutdown this week due to potential cyberattacks.

The cyberattack did not affect flow on Oneok's natural gas pipelines, which span across the Permian Basin in Texas and the Rocky Mountain region.

Energy Transfer Partners and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners reported similar breakdowns to their communication systems on Monday but noted that their pipeline operations have not been affected in any way.

The systems that have been hit by potential cyberattacks help pipeline customers communicate their needs with operators via digital document exchanges.

Rae McQuade, president of the North American Energy Standards Board in Houston, said that although the attacks are not affecting the operations of pipelines or public safety, they are causing companies to have to find a workaround for communication.

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it is gathering information on the latest potential intrusion and shutdown.

Fuel Fix

ONEOK to Build 900-Mile NGL Pipeline from Rocky Mountain Region

ONEOK announced Thursday that it plans to build a 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline from eastern Montana to its NGL facilities in Kansas to increase takeaway capacity out of the Rocky Moutain region and meet producer needs.

The $1.4 billion Elk Creek Pipeline system is expected to be in service by the end of 2019 and is designed to transport up to 240,000 barrels per day of unfractionated natural gas liquids. With additional pump facilities, the pipeline will then be designed to transport up to 400,000 barrels per day.

The Elk Creek Pipeline is part of ONEOK's previously announced goal to invest $3 billion to $3.5 billion in capital-growth projects.

ONEOK CEO Terry Spencer said the project will strengthen the company's position in the Bakken, Powder River, and Denver-Julesburg regions.


ONEOK to Expand NGL System and Existing Sterling III Pipeline to Serve STACK Growth

Energy company ONEOK announced Monday that it plans to expand its Mid-Continent natural gas liquids (NGL) gathering system and its existing Sterling III Pipeline to help accommodate expected volume growth in the STACK play in Oklahoma.

ONEOK will expand capacity on its Sterling III Pipeline to 250,000 barrels per day from 190,000 barrels per day and connect its Arbuckle Pipeline to EnLink's Cajun-Sibon Pipeline in southeast Texas.

The company expects to invest approximately $130 million for these projects, which are expected to be done by end of 2018.

ONEOK also plans to connect its natural gas gathering system to an existing third-party natural gas processing facility in northern Oklahoma by building a 30-mile natural gas gathering pipeline and related infrastructure for approximately $40 million. The pipeline is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

The third-party plant is already connected to ONEOK's existing NGL gathering system and is expected to provide incremental NGL volumes as natural gas processing volumes increase, according to ONEOK's statement.