Bakken Pipeline & Midstream News

Two New Bakken Crude Oil Pipelines Online by 2016

Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66 Entered Joint Venture in Late October 2014 to Build The "Dakota Access Pipeline" and "Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline"
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Dallas, TX-based Energy Transfer Partners announced a joint venture with Houston-based Phillips 66 at the end of October, 2014, to build two pipelines that will move crude oil out of North Dakota’s Bakken Shale field.

Energy Transfer Partners will have a 75% interest in the pipelines. Phillips 66 will have a 25% interest, and will pay a proportionate cost of the construction. Both the “Dakota Access Pipeline” and “Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline” are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

“We look forward to working with Phillips 66 to build this much-needed pipeline infrastructure to link rapidly growing supplies of domestically produced light crude oil in the Bakken and Three Forks play to refineries throughout the country,” said Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren.

According to Energy Transfer Partners, the Dakota Access Pipeline is expected to deliver in excess of 450,000 b/d of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks to market centers in the Midwest, based on current contractual commitments. The Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline will provide crude oil transportation service from the Midwest to the Sunoco Logistics Partners and Phillips 66 storage terminals located in Nederland, TX.

In September, Energy Transfer announced a binding expansion open season for the pipelines to evaluate additional interest.

Read more at energytransfer.com

Bakken Shale Rig Count Decreases By One to 191

Tesoro Buys QEP Bakken Pipeline Assets - $2.5 Billion
QEP Midstream Operations Map

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The Bakken-Three Forks rig count decreased by one to 191 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week. The NDIC notes 194 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around 13 of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

In recent Bakken news, San Antonio, TX-based Tesoro Logistics LP agreed to buy Denver, CO-based QEP Resources Inc.’s natural gas pipeline and processing business, QEP Field Services, for 2.5-billion in late October of 2014. The deal also includes a 58% ownership in QEP Midstream Partners.

The acquired assets operate over 2,000 miles of natural gas and crude oil gathering and transmission pipeline, with locations in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale and the Rocky Mountain region. The assets have have a combined 2.9 billion cf/d of natural gas and 54,000 b/d of crude oil throughput capacity.

Read more: Tesoro Buys QEP’s Bakken Pipeline Assets – $2.5 Billion

The U.S. rig count increased by 9 to 1,927 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 332 rigs were targeting natural gas (four more than the previous week) and 1,595 were targeting oil in the U.S. (5 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 192 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 180 are in ND alone.

Not all rigs counted in our census are drilling for the Bakken, but it’s close. The NDIC estimates 95% or more of activity in this region targets the Bakken and Three Forks formations.

Note: The NDIC reports 194 rigs are active in North Dakota. That is two more than Baker Hughes reports in the Bakken area, and 14 more than the company reports in North Dakota. On any given week, a certain number of rigs are in route to the next well location or idle waiting to drill the next well. The NDIC notes that around 13 rigs are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The number of oil rigs decreased by one to 191 rigs running by the end of the week . WTI oil prices decreased by ~$2.00 from the previous week, trading at $81.08/bbl on Friday afternoon. Williston Basin Sweet crude traded at $63.94/bbl on Oct. 16th. The WTI-Brent closed up a bit, settling at just underr $5 by the end of last week.

The natural gas rig count in the region held flat at zero. Natural gas futures (Henry Hub) were trading at $3.61/mmbtu by the end of last week. A little more than 10% of the production stream from the Bakken and Three Forks is attributable to natural gas and roughly half of that is NGLs.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 62 rigs running. Mountrail, Williams and Dunn counties are the only other counties with more than 25 rigs running each. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity is dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 174 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 13 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 4 rigs are drilling vertical wells

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Bakken Drilling by County

County State Previous Week Current Week County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 64 62 DAWSON MT 0 1
WILLIAMS ND 39 40 SHERIDAN MT 1 1
DUNN ND 25 29 MCLEAN ND 1 1
MOUNTRAIL ND 30 28 RENVILLE ND 2 1
DIVIDE ND 10 8 DANIELS MT 0 0
RICHLAND MT 6 4 VALLEY MT 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 2 3 WIBAUX MT 0 0
BILLINGS ND 2 3 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
BOTTINEAU ND 3 3 MERCER ND 0 0
BURKE ND 3 3 WARD ND 0 0
FALLON MT 2 2 MCHENRY ND 0 0
STARK ND 2 2

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Tesoro Buys QEP’s Bakken Pipeline Assets – $2.5 Billion

QEP Shifts Away from Midstream Business
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San Antonio, TX-based Tesoro Logistics LP agreed to buy Denver, CO-based QEP Resources Inc.’s natural gas pipeline and processing business, QEP Field Services, for 2.5-billion in late October of 2014. The deal also includes a 58% ownership in QEP Midstream Partners.

The acquired assets operate over 2,000 miles of natural gas and crude oil gathering and transmission pipeline, with locations in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale and the Rocky Mountain region. The assets have have a combined 2.9 billion cf/d of natural gas and 54,000 b/d of crude oil throughput capacity.

The deal expands Tesoro’s presence in North Dakota significantly, and company officials say the acquisition will allow Tesoro to offer more integrated crude oil and natural gas services to producers in the Bakken.

In June, QEP stated that it would be focusing more on exploration and production, rather than processing and transportation. QEP, which has significant interests in the Bakken and West Texas’ Permian Basin, expects to increase production in these areas.

Chuck Stanley, President and CEO of QEP Resources, said, “the sale of our midstream business is a significant milestone in the strategic repositioning of our company, as we believe QEP will be better positioned to deliver continued growth in production and Adjusted EBITDA in 2015 and beyond.”

The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter.

Read more at tesorologistics.com

 

 

Bakken Shale Rig Count Stays Flat at 197

Enbridge's Sandpiper Pipeline Delayed Until 2017
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The Bakken-Three Forks rig count stayed flat at 197 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week. The NDIC notes 188 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around six of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

In recent Bakken news, permitting problems in Minnesota are delaying Calgary-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP from building a 612-mile pipeline from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company disclosed the delay of the $2.6-billion Sandpiper pipeline in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week.

Read more: Enbridge’s Sandpiper Pipeline Delayed

The U.S. rig count decreased by nine to 1,922 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 330 rigs were targeting natural gas (eight less than the previous week) and 1,591 were targeting oil in the U.S. (1 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 198 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 189 are in ND alone.

Not all rigs counted in our census are drilling for the Bakken, but it’s close. The NDIC estimates 95% or more of activity in this region targets the Bakken and Three Forks formations.

Note: The NDIC reports 188 rigs are active in North Dakota. That is ten less than Baker Hughes reports in the Bakken area, and one less than the company reports in North Dakota. On any given week, a certain number of rigs are in route to the next well location or idle waiting to drill the next well. The NDIC notes that around six rigs are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The number of oil rigs stayed flat at 197 rigs running by the end of the week . WTI oil prices decreased by nearly $3 from the previous week, trading at $90.15/bbl on Friday afternoon. Williston Basin Sweet crude traded at $72.69/bbl on Oct. 2nd. The WTI-Brent closed up a bit, settling at just over $2 by the end of last week.

The natural gas rig count in the region held flat at zero. Natural gas futures (Henry Hub) were trading at $4.02/mmbtu by the end of last week. A little more than 10% of the production stream from the Bakken and Three Forks is attributable to natural gas and roughly half of that is NGLs.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 66 rigs running. Mountrail, and Williams counties are the only other counties with more than 30 rigs running each. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity is dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 178 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 18 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling vertical wells

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Bakken Drilling by County

County State Previous Week Current Week County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 65 66 WARD ND 2 2
WILLIAMS ND 36 36 FALLON MT 1 1
MOUNTRAIL ND 34 34 MCLEAN ND 1 1
DUNN ND 26 26 DANIELS MT 0 0
DIVIDE ND 9 9 DAWSON MT 0 0
RICHLAND MT 5 5 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
BOTTINEAU ND 4 4 VALLEY MT 0 0
BURKE ND 5 4 WIBAUX MT 0 0
BILLINGS ND 3 3 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 2 2 MERCER ND 0 0
RENVILLE ND 2 2 MCHENRY ND 0 0
STARK ND 2 2

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Enbridge’s Sandpiper Pipeline Delayed

Minnesota Permitting Problems Could Push Back Pipeline Construction By Nearly One Year
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Permitting problems in Minnesota are delaying Calgary-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP from building a 612-mile pipeline from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company disclosed the delay of the $2.6-billion Sandpiper pipeline in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week.

The Sandpiper pipeline is designed to move 225,000 b/d from North Dakota to Clearbrook, MN, and then transport up to 375,000 b/d from the Minnesota location to another oil hub in Superior, Wisconsin. At the end of last year, oil giant Marathon reached an agreement whereby Marathon will fund 37.5% of the Sandpiper pipeline and gain a 27% interest in Enbridge’s North Dakota System.

Read more: Enbridge’s Sandpiper Pipeline Gains Anchor Shipper in Marathon Petroleum – Open Season

The delay comes after the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission requested an expanded study on the environmental impacts of six possible routes of pipeline. Opponents to the pipeline suggest the planned route crosses many environmentally-sensitive areas in northern Minnesota, including rivers, lakes and wetlands.

At the Enbridge Annual Investment Community Conference, SVP-Major Projects Byron Neiles, said, ” even though we’ve secured all of the required approvals in North Dakota and close to 100% of the right-of-way, and close to 90% of the — and over 90% of the lands required in Minnesota, the regulator there three weeks ago reversed a decision it took earlier this spring denying opponents’ motions to extend the process as well as to bifurcate or decouple the route and need processes of the review. Moreover, it required that these processes be conducted one after the other rather than in parallel.”

The Sandpiper Pipeline is expected to be in service some time in 2017. Estimates at the end of last year were for the first quarter of 2016.

Enbridge’s current five-year forecast includes a record $44-billion in capital expenditures.

Read more at wsj.com and enbridge.com

Enterprise Seeks Commitments for Bakken-Cushing Oil Pipeline

Initial Capacity of 340,000 b/d Crude Oil
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Enterprise Products Partners L.P. began a binding open commitment period in early Sept. of 2014 to determine shipper demand for capacity on a proposed new pipeline from the Williston Basin of North Dakota to the Cushing hub in Oklahoma. The 30-inch diameter, 1200-mile pipeline is expected to have an initial capacity of approximately 340,000 b/d of crude oil, expandable to more than 700,000 .

Company officials say the Bakken-to-Cushing pipeline would also serve the Powder River and Denver-Julesburg (“DJ”) Basins, and have the capability to transport up to six grades of crude oil and products, including Rockies Condensate and Processed Condensate. Subject to sufficient customer commitments, the pipeline is expected to begin service in stages, starting with the DJ-to-Cushing portion in the fourth quarter of 2016, and should be fully operational by the third quarter of 2017.

“This pipeline offers a reliable, safe, and economical solution that promotes continued development of some of our nation’s most prolific producing areas and reduces the need for imports of crude oil,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, EVP and COO of Enterprise’s general partner. “By leveraging the capabilities of our existing midstream network, the Bakken-to-Cushing pipeline would provide flow assurance and market choice. At Cushing, shippers would have access to one of the most liquid crude oil trading hubs in the world, as well as a comprehensive network of storage and pipelines serving the U.S. Gulf Coast refining complex and waterborne transportation options.”

Read more at enterpriseproducts.com

Pembina Acquires Bakken Midstream Assets – $650 Million

Deal Expected to Close in the Fourth Quarter of 2014
Saskatchewan Ethane Processing Plant

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Pembina Pipeline Corp. announced in early Sept. 2014 it will acquire Bakken midstream assets for $650-million from entities affiliated with Riverstone Holdings, LLC.

The deal includes the Vantage pipeline system, which carries up to 40,000 b/d of natural gas liquids from the North Dakota Bakken to Alberta, where it is connected to the Alberta Ethane Gathering System pipeline. Also included the deal are Mistral Midstream Inc’s interest in a Saskatchewan ethane processing plant. The plant is expected to produce 4,500 b/d of ethane, and it will connect into Vantage system through a pipeline lateral that is also currently under construction. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Pembina anticipates additional capital expenditures of approximately $91.5-million (net to Pembina) prior to the end of 2015 in connection with the Transaction in order to complete the construction of the ethane processing plant and the associated gathering and delivery system.

 

In addition to the Bakken acquisition, the company also announced plans to build a 37,500 b/d propane export terminal in Portland, Oregon, for $500-million. The facility is expected to be in service by 2018.

Read more at pembina.com

 

 

Quantum Energy, Inc. Secures Two Bakken Refinery Sites

Expected Production of 7,000 b/d Diesel Fuel from Each Facility

At the end of August, 2014, Tempe, AZ-based Quantum Energy, Inc. secured two refinery sites to serve the Bakken. The refineries are part of a proposed five refinery plan the company has for the area.

One of the refineries will be located in Richland County, MT, near Fairview and is accessible to the Northstar Transload currently under construction in North Dakota. The other refinery will be located in Baker, MT.

Quantum President Stan Wilson, said, “each of our proposed Energy Centers will produce 7,000 b/d of diesel fuel to be sold into a local market that has a demand for 75,000 b/d in the western North Dakota and eastern Montana markets. The 14,000 b/d that these two Energy Centers will produce are easily absorbed in the ever expanding Bakken region.”

Read more at quantum-e.com

 

Hess to form MLP for Bakken Midstream Assets

25% Bakken Production Growth Year-Over-Year in Q2 2014
Hess' Bakken Acreage Map

Hess’ Bakken Acreage Map

At the end of July, 2014, Hess Corp. announced its plan to spin off pipeline and storage assets, mostly in the Bakken area, into a MLP (master limited partnership) next year. The effort is a strategic move for the company to generate cash and further production growth in the Bakken.

The company expects to file a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the fourth quarter and move forward with an IPO (initial public offering) of the MLP in the first quarter of 2015. Hess said it will own the general partner of the MLP, all of its incentive distribution rights and a majority of its limited partner interests after completion of the IPO. With an MLP, the partnership does not pay taxes from the profit, and the money is only taxed when unitholders receive distributions.

Assets that would be held by the MLP include the Hess’ Tioga natural gas processing plant; a rail loading terminal in Tioga along with associate rail cars; a crude oil truck and pipeline terminal in Tioga; and a propane storage cavern and related rail and truck loading and storage terminal in Mentor, Minnesota.

Read more: Hess Production to Soar in Bakken by the End of 2014

The announcement was concurrent with the company’s second quarter earnings, which indicated a 25 % growth in Bakken production year-over-year (80,000 boe/d). During the quarter, the company brought 53 gross operated wells online. Drilling and completion costs were down 12% year-over-year.

Read more at hess.com

Summit Midstream Expanding Bakken System – $300 Million

Includes Four Projects Across Williams and Divide Counties

Summit Midstream Partners announced in June of 2014 that it will spend $300 million on four new development projects involving oil, water and natural gas gathering in the Bakken Shale play.

The new projects will further expand the companies footprint in Williams and Divide counties. In June of 2013, Summit announced plans to spend $60 million on development projects in North Dakota.

Read more: Summit Midstream Expanding Bakken System in Williams and Divide Counties

One of the Summit’s new projects is geared towards providing customers with additional crude oil interconnects. Meadowlark, a wholly owned operating subsidiary of Summit, will construct a new crude oil truck unloading station. With this project, Meadowlark will provide its customers with a new interconnect for up to 50,000 b/d of crude oil deliverability, providing access to new downstream markets on both the East and West Coasts.

“We expect our new organic development projects will further enhance Summit’s position as a leading, independent midstream provider in the Bakken Shale,” said CEO Steve Newby.

Another of the company’s recently announced projects is a new 240 mile pipeline, which officials say will reduce flaring in North Dakota, as the pipeline gathers natural gas in a remote area currently lacking in infrastructure. The pipeline will be constructed by Tioga Midstream, a subsidiary of Summit Midstream. When it is completed, it is expected to have a total system capacity of 20,000 b/d of crude oil, 25,000 b/d of water, and 14 million cf/d of associated natural gas. The project is supported by a 10 year agreement with an acreage dedication of 114,000 acres.

Read more at summitmidstream.com

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