Huge Expansion of Dakota Access Pipeline Proposed
A huge expansion costing between $35 million and $40 million, that will more than double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline to 1.1 million BOPD, was proposed by Energy Transfer Partners. Work will be completed by February 2021.
The company said it is anticipated that crude oil production out of the Williston Basin will increase between 350,000 to 450,0000 BOPD over the next five years, with current production exceeding 1.3 million BOPD.
The 36-inch crude oil pipeline runs 1,172 miles from Stanley, ND to Patoka, IL.
Based on shipper support solicited during an open season late last year, the pipeline has reached its maximum capacity of 600,000 BOPD.
The company is proposing a new pump station adding 30,000 horsepower in Emmons County five miles west of Linton.
Expansion of the two crude oil tanks and pumping station at Johnson’s Corner in McKenzie County is also planned. A new 300,000 crude oil storage tanks will be erected along with two 6,000 HP pumps.
A third pumping station will constructed in Illinois.
In its formal application to the ND Public Service Commission, the proposed expansion “will allow Dakota Access to meet the growing demand from shippers by optimizing and fully utilizing the existing pipeline infrastructure, without the need to install new pipelines, and without the need for shippers to use less safe and efficient means of transportation, such as rail," said attorney Lawrence Bender, representing Energy Transfer.