A first-of-its-kind natural gas processing facility will begin operations this summer at Tioga, North Dakota. Run by a local start-up company, North Dakota LNG, the plant will have the ability to produce 10,000 gallons/d of LNG to start with, later increased to more than 76,000 gal/d in 2015.
The liquefaction plant will operate on feedstock of residual gas supplied by Hess Corp. to produce LNG that will be used to power commercial trucks, farm tractors and other vehicles. It will also offer “a cost-effective and reliable source of alternative fuel” for oil and gas operators in the Bakken and across North Dakota.
The development of the project as well as initial operations of the LNG production facility will be managed by the Seatle-based Plum Energy, while SST Process Solutions has been selected as the technology provider for the liquefaction equipment. North Dakota LNG is a subsidiary of Wayzata, Minnesota-based Prairie Companies.
“Speaking on behalf of the operator community in North Dakota, this is the type of innovative, entrepreneurial thinking we need to help meet our flaring capture goals in the Bakken — it’s a great idea,” Ron Ness, president, North Dakota Petroleum Council, said in a statement.
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