Much as production growth in the Permian required the development of new pipeline capacity to take away crude oil, natural gas and NGLs, increasing activity in the Williston Basin has spurred the need for incremental capacity to move all three of the energy commodities out of western North Dakota and eastern Montana.
For NGLs, the recent start-up of ONEOK’s Elk Creek Pipeline has been the answer to producers’ prayers — not just in the Williston Basin (home of the Bakken formation), but also in the Rockies’ Powder River and the Denver-Julesburg (D-J) basins, through which the new, 240-Mb/d pipeline passes on its way to Bushton, KS.
Elk Creek’s timing couldn’t have been better: it came online just as a number of new gas processing plants entered commercial service in the Williston Basin, and just in advance of possible BTU restrictions on the all-important Northern Border gas pipeline that may force cutbacks in ethane rejection. Today, we explain why the Elk Creek NGL Pipeline helps resolve a number of challenges Bakken producers have been facing.
The Bakken: Active Rigs And Wells Coming Off Confidential List
Wells coming off the confidential list, Tuesday, December 24, 2019:
Tuesday, December 24, 2019: 76 for the month; 281 for the quarter:
- 35903, conf, Slawson, Orca Federal 1 SLH,
- 35570, conf, Whiting, Anderson 11-7-2TFH,
- 35569, conf, Whiting, Anderson 11-2H,
- 35120, conf, Oasis, Nordeng 5298 13-25 9T,
- 34837, conf, Enerplus, Homer 149-93-33D-28H-TF,
- 34774, conf, Enerplus, Ancho 148-94-11C-2H,
- 36524, conf, Slawson, Challenger Federal 9-29-32H,
- 36173, conf, XTO, Lavern 42X-14H,
- 35902, conf, Slawson, Tempest Federal 1 SLH,
- 36172, conf, XTO, Lavern 42X-14CXD,
- 34838, conf, Enerplus, Hera 149-93-33D-28H,
- 30178, conf, Slawson, Diamondback 1 SLH,
- 36171, conf, XTO, Lavern 42X-14BXC,
- 35901, conf, Slawson, Slasher Federal 722-27 MLH,
- 34746, conf, Oasis, Nordeng 5298 13-25 8B,