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WBI withdraws ND gas pipeline project linked to on-hold ONEOK Rockies plant

WBI EnergyTransmission Inc. notified FERC that it has withdrawn its naturalgas pipeline project from the prefiling process as a linked plant remainssuspended to further review oil prices and drilling activity.

The Demicks Lake pipeline project would deliver 221.5 MMcf/dof transportation capacity by building and installing about 22 miles of24-inch-diameter pipeline and a meter station.

The project would have transported gas from 's proposedDemicks Lake gas plant near Keene, N.D., to an interconnect with NorthernBorder Pipeline Co.'s mainline outside Watford City, N.D. From there, the gaswould have been delivered to Midcontinent markets.

While the anticipated in-service date for the project wasSept. 1, 2017, WBI first informed FERC on Nov. 12, 2015, that it had suspendedthe project. The suspension was due to ONEOK's decision to suspend its plant'sdevelopment to evaluate changes in the Bakken Shale area's market for oil andlocal drilling activity.

WBI asked FERC keep the prefiling docket open whilesuspended until Sept. 30, but after ONEOK decided to continue the suspension,WBI said in a Sept. 30 letter to FERC, it would "be prudent to withdrawfrom the [prefiling] review process at this time."

MDU ResourcesGroup Inc. is the ultimate parent company of WBI. (PF15-24)