Oct. 23–ONEOK is in the process of acquiring right-of-way to construct a new 46-mile underground liquid gas pipeline through Ellsworth, Rice and Reno counties which will end at the company’s fractionation plant west of Hutchinson.
The company so far has secured about 18 percent of the necessary right-of-way through contracts with landowners, Michael Gillaspie, ONEOK manager of government relations advised the Reno County Commission Tuesday.
The Northline 7 pipeline, which will parallel an existing pipeline running from Bushton to Hutchinson, is expected to go into service by May, depending on the company’s ability to secure contracts.
“We’re alerting you so that when we do start construction of the pipeline, you’ll be aware,” Gillaspie said. “You’ll start seeing more trucks and piping moving through. Hotels and restaurants will see an uptick with pipeline employees coming through.”
The 20-inch diameter pipe will have a capacity to deliver 100,000 barrels of LPG per day. It will likely be presssured at between 800 to 1,300 psi, depending on elevations and other determinations made by design engineers, he said.
The line is actually part of a 900-mile pipeline under construction that will deliver unfractionated Bakken natural gas liquids (NGLs) from near ONEOK’s Riverview terminal at Elk Creek in eastern Montana to its existing Mid-Continent NGL facilities in Bushton.
About two-thirds of the Kansas line will be in Rice County, with about 15 miles of line in Reno County. It will run in a southeast diagonal from near U.S. 56 and 22nd Avenue or Hunter Boulevard to the Yaggy gas field, and then more directly south to the plant west of South Hutchinson.
“It will all be private land it will cross except underneath roads, which will be bored,” Gillaspie advised. “We’ll not do any road cutting. It will be four-feet underground from the top of the pipeline, except under roads and bar ditches it will be five feet. We want to make sure there is no chance of striking it or contact.”
Gillaspie estimated it would pass under seven to 10 county roads, as well as some township roads.
“For the full pipeline, of 900-miles plus, it will employ 3,000 to 4,000 workers,” Gillaspie said.”It’s hard to say just on this 46 mile portion what it will involve. You have to consider in that number the contractors, engineers, environmental, welders, laborers, safety and all that.”
From South Hutchinson, the gas can go in a lot of directions, Gillaspie said, including to ONEOK’s terminals in Nebraska, Des Moines, Rockport, Illinois or Medford, Oklahoma.
“It will usually go to a refinery, but it can also go to CITGO and Phillips in Chicago. Some products go to Texas, to a refinery near Houston.”
The company also has salt storage caverns where it stores certain gases received during the summer until shipped to refineries for winter gas blending.
“The majority of liquid gas process in Hutchinson comes from western Kansas, in the Hugoton area,” he said. “That was one of the main reasons we built the Hutchinson facility to being with.”
The company has already expanded its rail terminal to take in more NGL from the Bakken area, Gillaspie said, but the pipeline will allow more delivery underground.
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