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Construction on Bakken pipeline gathering terminals to begin this winter

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September 9, 2015

Construction on six gathering terminals for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is set to begin in January 2016, reports The Bakken Magazine.

Matrix Service Inc., the firm constructing the terminals for Dakota Access LLC, said the six projects have an estimated total value of about $330 million. The above-ground storage tanks at the gathering stations are planned for the North Dakota cities of Epping, Johnson Corner, Ramberg, Stanley, Trenton and Watford City. Once operational, each terminal will have a capacity of 300,000 to 600,000 barrels.

Construction on the terminals is expected to be finished by the end of 2016, according to The Bakken Magazine. The Dakota Access Pipeline will transfer light, sweet crude produced in North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks formations to Patoka, Illinois. In North Dakota, the pipeline will stretch for about 350 miles and cross seven counties. As a whole, the pipeline will traverse about 1,100 miles.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, operated by a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, will carry approximately 450,000 barrels of oil per day and has a capacity of over 570,000 barrels. The pipeline will grant shippers access to several markets, such as the East and Gulf Coasts as well as the Midwest.

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