The plant’s start-up may help boost oil production from the prolific Bakken shale after about 100 producing wells had to be shut earlier this year to minimize flaring due to the delays, the state Industrial Commission said this week.
“Due to the unusually harsh winter weather, we’re slightly behind our initial plans, but we expect to start selling residue gas this month,” Hess spokesman John Roper said.
The plant will be able to process 250 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) when it starts operating, nearly twice as much as its initial design. The station had been shut since late last year as Hess worked on the expansion.
North Dakota flares nearly 36 percent of the natural gas it produces in the absence of adequate processing capacity and infrastructure to move the gas to market.
The state produced more than 1 billion cubic feet of gas a day in January, according to data from regulators.