Bear Tracker Energy (BTE) has signed definitive agreements with a US oil and gas firm to construct, own, operate and expand a natural gas gathering system in the Bakken area of North Dakota.

The natural gas gathering system consists of a compression and other related facilities.

The company said that the associated natural gas production from 18 townships in Burke and Mountrail Counties, North Dakota, will be committed to BTE’s gathering system during the term of the agreement.

BTE will gather, compress and deliver the natural gas for further handling at a Stanley, North Dakota facility.

The construction will begin in the first quarter of 2011 with operations estimated to start mid-year 2011.

Bear Tracker Energy is a midstream energy company with a primary geographical focus in the Rocky Mountain region.