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ONEOK proposes gas plant for NW Dunn Co.

TULSA, Okla. — ONEOK plans to build a gas processing plant in northwest Dunn County, it announced this week. The Bear Creek plant would be able to process 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, helping with the fight on flaring in the Bakken. The energy industry has been charged with capturing 90 percent of otherwise-flared gas by October 2020. “ONEOK is a strong partner in the growth and development of North Dakota’s energy industry and this new plant marks the company’s continued investment in our state and in our efforts to reduce flaring and create new markets for natural gas captured in the Bakken,” North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement Thursday. ONEOK will spend $130 million to $190 million on the construction of the plant, and $135 million to $185 million on related natural gas and natural gas liquids infrastructure, according to a press release from the company. “The 80-MMcf/d Bear Creek plant allows us to respond more quickly to accommodate our customers’ growing crude oil and natural gas production on acreage dedicated to us in the area,” company CEO Terry Spencer said in the news release. The Bear Creek plant is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2016. To the west in McKenzie County, ONEOK also plans to finish the Garden Creek III plant later this year; the Lonesome Creek plant in late 2015 and the Demicks Lake plant in third-quarter 2016. When all these plants come on line, ONEOK will have an estimated Bakken processing capacity of 1.2 billion cubic feet per day, according to the company.