Houston, 19 October (Argus) — The percentage of crude leaving North Dakota by rail is now slightly higher than of that leaving by pipeline, according to the state's department of mineral resources director Lynn Helms.
Crude takeaway via pipeline is now 43pc of daily production, while transportation by rail is 46pc. Trucks move 2pc of the state's output, and Tesoro's 68,000 b/d Mandan refinery consumes 9pc of crude produced in North Dakota.
The capacity is “adequate to keep up with near-term production projections,” Helms said.
Daily natural gas production in the state – which was 762bn ft³/d in August – is increasing slightly faster than the state's oil production, which averaged 701,134 b/d in August.
“This indicates that gas oil ratios may be increasing and more gathering and processing capacity will be needed. Construction of processing plants and gathering systems is in full swing due to the dry summer weather,” Helms said.
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