The Tioga Pipeline received regulatory approval on October 1st. Alliance Pipeline has proposed the 12-inch, 79.3 mile lateral from Tioga, ND, to an intersection with the Alliance mainline near Sherwood, ND. From Sherwood, natural gas will be delivered to the Chicago market.
The pipeline has the potential to be expanded, but has been initially approved to transport a little more than 106 mmcfd. The pipeline is supported by a ten-year, 61.5 mmcfd agreement with Hess.
The new lateral will run through Williams, Mountrail, Burke, and Renville counties.
This is a good step toward marketing Bakken Shale gas production. Much of the gas produced to date has been flared due to limited pipeline capacity in the region.
Construction is expected to start immediately with the pipeline being completed in February of 2013. Additional facilities required before the pipeline is placed in service have a target completion of May 2013