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    North Dakota’s MDU outlines $3bn investment plan


Parts of its efforts include a gas-fired plant to replacing retiring coal units.

by: Daniel Graeber

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North Dakota’s MDU outlines $3bn investment plan

North Dakota-based MDU Resources said November 23 it made an investment commitment of $3bn to 2026 for operations ranging from gas-fired power units to pipeline capacity.

MDU has plans for an 88 MW gas-fired combustion unit in North Dakota that will replace two coal-fired generation units retiring in 2022.

Its North Bakken pipeline expansion project, meanwhile, will be placed in service early next year and its Wahpeton expansion follows suit two years later. Combined, the projects will bring MDU’s pipeline system capacity to more than 2.4bn ft3/d.

WBI Energy, a subsidiary of MDU Resources, already has approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its North Bakken pipeline expansion project.

MDU said its pipeline projects would help eliminate the flaring of associated gas in North Dakota while also bringing new gas supplies to the market.

The state government reported that production in September, the last full month for which it published data, averaged 3bn ft3/d, short of the record of 3.1bn ft3/d on average set in November 2019. Of that, 2.8bn ft3/d was listed as captured gas. The state set a record for gas captured at 2.9bn ft3/d in March 2020.