BakkenLink® Pipeline is a crude oil pipeline system consisting of approximately 132 miles of 8-inch and 12-inch steel crude oil pipeline extending from multiple receipt points in Billings, McKenzie, Stark, and Williams Counties, North Dakota, to an interconnection with a crude oil rail loading facility at Fryburg, North Dakota. It will transport light, sweet crude oil produced in portions of Billings, Dunn, McKenzie, Stark, and Williams Counties, North Dakota. BakkenLink® began construction in late October 2012. The portion of the system extending from Dry Creek to Fryburg is now operational and is transporting by pipeline approximately 45,000 barrels per day (“BPD”), which takes the equivalent of about 200 crude oil truck hauls a day off the roads in western North Dakota.
According to recent presentations by the North Dakota Pipeline Authority and similar forecasts conducted by BakkenLink® and third parties, crude oil production from the Williston Basin is forecasted to increase from approximately 900,000 BPD to approximately 1.3 to 2.0 million BPD over the next ten years. The majority of the growth is projected to be in the four counties traversed by the pipeline. BakkenLink® is designed to address anticipated regional pipeline and outlet constraints as development of the Bakken continues.
Future outlets may be developed to connect with other rail loading facilities and existing and future major crude oil transmission systems to reach out-of-state markets.