The new interconnect provides a route to transport natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Bakken to market.

The Alliance Pipeline system runs directly through the Williston Basin. The company said that it is well positioned to transport additional gas via such interconnections and currently, it has the capacity to accept additional gas in the US part of its system.

Murray Birch, president and CEO of Alliance Pipeline, said: “As the lead time to build new infrastructure can be many years, enhancements to an existing transmission system are the most efficient and economical way to transport natural gas from the Bakken to market.

“Furthermore, the Alliance Pipeline system transports rich natural gas, which means the NGLs are extracted at the delivery point, rather than at the production source, reducing processing and transportation costs for producers using the Alliance system by avoiding new plant construction. This new interconnection near Bantry, North Dakota is the first field receipt point on the US side of the Alliance Pipeline system.”

John Hoeven, governor of North Dakota, said: “The new Prairie Rose Pipeline will help us capture up to 100 million cubic feet of natural gas a day, reducing flaring and increasing industry production. This is another example of how we’re producing more energy in North Dakota with better environmental stewardship.”