Hess, Oneok adding natural gas infrastructure in Bakken

By Luke Geiver | April 29, 2019

A pair of major natural gas handlers in the Bakken have announced expansion plans that could ease some of the takeaway and processing challenges present in the Williston Basin. Hess Midstream Partners LP will add 150 million cubic feet per day to its Tioga Gas Plant. According to the company, the expansion will include the addition of residue and y-grade liquids processing capacity to the existing full fractionation and ethane extraction. The cost will be roughly $150 million and should be online in mid-2021.

“Continued Bakken growth from Hess and third parties has created additional demand for processing capacity north of the Missouri river,” said John Gatling, chief operating officer of Hess Midstream. “We are efficiently expanding our service offering across our gathering, processing and terminaling systems.”

ONEOK Inc., the largest midstream infrastructure provider in the play, will spend $100 million on a 75-mile natural gas liquids pipeline that will be complete in 2020. The pipeline is already supported by long-term NGL production. ONEOK continues discussions with producers and processors in the area for additional potential volume commitments.

The lateral will provide access to raw feed NGL pipeline takeaway in an area of Williams County with historically limited transportation options, and will provide connectivity with key NGL market centers.