Natural gas expansion planned by ONEOK

Leaders at Tulsa’s ONEOK believe the future of natural gas in North Dakota is worth investing $400 million. The company plans to add to its LPG pipeline also in the Permian Basin.

Plans are in place for a 40,000 barrel-a-day expansion of NGLs through the West Texas LPG pipeline in West Texas.

This is in addition to the announcement last September of a new 125,000-barrel per day NGL fractionator – MB-5 – at Mont Belvieu, east of Houston.

ONEOK president and CEO Terry K. Spencer said, “Continuing to expand our West Texas LPG pipeline system underscores ONEOK’s Permian Basin strategy to provide needed NGL transportation capacity to producers in the highly productive Delaware and Midland basins.”

Also planned is additional NGL infrastructure to increase the capacity between the Elk Creek and Arbuckle II pipelines, including Texas.

The Oklahoma company is also expanding its Bear Creek facility in western North Dakota, about 80 miles west of Bismarck.

ONEOK said it will add another 200 million cubic feet per day when the new ND gas capacity comes online in the next 12-to-18 months.

And the company said it also plans to expand its Mid-Continent NGL fractionation facility by 65,000 barrels per day.