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PSC approves Wild Basin Gas Plant permit

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The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a siting permit for the Wild Basin Gas Plant in McKenzie County.

Oasis Midstream Services LLC applied for a permit to expand the capacity of its existing Wild Basin Gas Plant and Crude Handling Facility. The plant is currently capable of processing 80 million standard ft3/d of gas and stabilising up to 60 000 bpd of crude oil. Plans are to increase the capacity to process 280 million standard ft3/d of gas, stabilise up to 80 000 bpd of crude oil and add an additional 150 000 bbls crude oil storage tank to accommodate additional oil gathering.

“This gas is a by-product of the oil industry. It will either be wasted by flaring it into the atmosphere or it will be processed into a usable, value-added product,” said Commission Chairman Randy Christmann. “This processing plant is one of the biggest steps ever taken in North Dakota to decrease flaring and increase revenues for mineral owners, producers and taxing authorities.”

The plant uses Mechanical Refrigeration Units to liquefy natural gas for storage and truck offload capabilities. The modular refrigeration units will also be increased by 65 million standard ft3/d.

“Value-added energy projects like this are important in terms of driving our economy and supporting job growth,” said Commissioner Brian Kroshus. “At the same time, it’s important to ensure that proper rules and procedures are being followed during the siting process and that all requirements are met. While this is considered an expansion project, it’s worth noting that the initial plant was recently constructed. Due to that, it would be prudent to not only review the expansion portion of the project, but the proposed plant as a whole.”

The project is located approximately 6 miles northeast of Watford City.

Estimated cost of the entire expansion project is US$150 million.

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