Sunday, July 23, 2017

Another Black Snake -- July 23, 2017

This is pretty funny. Yesterday, this post: Natural gas from the Bakken hitting all-time records; another pipeline necessary?

Today, this story. Perhaps not another natural gas pipeline (yet) but a new refined products pipeline. Data points from The Dickinson Press:
  • Cenex Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of CHS
  • will build a 180-mile pipeline from Sidney, MT, to Minot, ND
  • will carry refined products such as gasoline and diesel fuel
  • would replace a portion of an existing pipeline and add additional capacity
  • needed to meet increased demand for refined fuels in the region
  • back-of-the-envelope: 180 x 1 million = $180 million; Cenex estimates: $160 million
  • pipeline will cross the Missouri River in Montana
  • in North Dakota, will cross the Little Muddy, White Earth, Little Knife
  • once all permits obtained, it will take about 18 months to complete
  • entire Cenex Pipeline: Laurel, MT, to Fargo, ND
  • most of the article was devoted to discussing how officials will work with Native Americans on this project
Many, many story lines, starting with the Dickinson refinery and MDU.


This was taken from an October 12, 2011, post:
The Bakken is the largest industrial park in the US -- not just the county. The entire Bakken is being defined as one huge industrial park; it is the second largest industrial park in North America -- the Canadian oil sands are #1.
The Houston area would be a similarly huge industrial park but perhaps in total geographical area, the Bakken in the western one-third of North Dakota is hard to beat, in terms of area.

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