US-based midstream company WBI Energy has announced to construct a 400 mile long natural gas pipeline from western North Dakota to western Minnesota at an estimated cost ranging from $650m to $700m.

WBI is the pipeline and energy services subsidiary of MDU Resources Group.

The proposed pipeline will be connected with Viking Gas Transmission Company’s pipeline system in Minnesota.

WBI is undertaking the new pipeline project to accommodate the growing production of natural gas in Bakken region.

MDU Resources president and CEO David L Goodin said the proposed pipeline will provide a new transportation route to bring Bakken-produced natural gas directly to industrial customers and commercial and residential utility customers in eastern North Dakota.

"Through interconnecting pipelines, the proposed pipeline could also serve Minnesota, Wisconsin and Midwest U.S. markets," Goodin added.

The pipeline will be designed to transmit about 400 million cubic feet per day (mcf/d) of natural gas and depending on user commitments it could be expanded to over 500mcf/d.

WBI’s proposed route for the pipeline will be extended about 20 miles southwest of Williston, in North Dakota to an interconnection with Viking Gas Transmission northeast of Moorhead, Minnesota.