Approval given to Continental’s enhanced oil recovery project in North Dakota

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Continental Resources won approval this week from North Dakota regulators of a proposed 3-mile pipeline to conduct an enhanced oil recovery project.

Considered to be one of the most active oil and gas operators in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, the Oklahoma City-based company was awarded a permit by the public service commission to build the 3-mile line to carry natural gas from the WBI pipeline to its well pad in the northwestern part of the state.

The company highlighted the new process of injecting natural gas into the ground to extend the production life of a well as a way to keep producers drilling for the foreseeable future.

“(Continental’s producers) estimate that the increase in oil production could be anywhere from 25 to 60 percent, and so, after this project they’ll have learned a lot and be able to determine the effectiveness,” said Julie Fedorchak, Public Service Commission Chairwoman reported KUMV TV.

Work on the line will begin immediately and take about a month to complete.