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Alliance Pipeline has finished construction on its natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota. The 80-mile, 12-in. project cost $170 million and construction lasted just over 12 months.

Called the Tioga Lateral line, it originates from a Hess Corp. gas processing facility near its namesake Tioga, ND, and connects to the Alliance mainline near Sherwood, ND.

Tioga is capable of moving 126 MMcfd of rich natural gas.

Alliance stated the Tioga line gives operators in Williston access to downstream markets via the Chicago hub, including the Aux Sable NGL fractionation facility.

In September 2012, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave approval for the lateral.

“This state-of-the-art pipeline will help us reduce flaring, add value to our natural resources, and support our nation’s energy security,” commented North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Spanning through the US and Canada, the 2,300-mile Alliance Pipeline system has been in commercial service for 13 years, and delivers 1.6 bscfd of gas.