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Natural gas gathered and captured in North Dakota heats over two million homes in the U.S.

North Dakota produced 155 billion cubic feet of natural gas, processed 97 billion cubic feet of natural gas and paid $9.6 million in production taxes in 2011.  Over the past three years, North Dakota’s natural gas industry has worked hard to connect more than 2,100 new wells to gas plants.

There are 16 natural gas processing plants operating in western North Dakota. The oil and gas industry is investing nearly $3 billion in infrastructure to capture natural gas, and four additional new or expanded plants are planned to come online by 2013, a 389 percent increase in natural gas processing capacity. These plants will create hundreds of high-paying jobs in rural communities.

Natural Gas in North Dakota

  • Natural gas liquids present many opportunities for value-added energy. Research and studies exploring these possibilities provide great opportunities for expansion of the economic benefits beyond the oil-producing region.
  • As of 2010, North Dakota is the eighteenth largest natural gas producing state.
  • The North Dakota Industrial Commission, through the Oil and Gas Research Program in partnership with private parties, has invested more than $2 million in research for new technologies to capture and use natural gas at well sites. The results are intended to encourage and promote the use of new technologies that have a positive economic and environmental impact on oil and gas exploration. Examples include:
    • An $873,300 grant awarded to Bakken Express, LLC to use toward a $3 million natural gas capture initiative.
    • A $750,000 grant awarded to Energy & Environmental Research Center to use toward a $1.9 million natural gas capture initiative.
    • A $375,000 grant awarded to Blaise Energy, Inc. to use toward a $7.475 million natural gas capture initiative.
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