Plains Gas Solutions (PGS), a unit of Plains All American Pipeline, plans to build a cryogenic gas processing plant at its multi-product Ross Complex near Ross in the US state of North Dakota.
The facility with deep cut ethane plus recoveries and specification product fractionation capability could process 50-75 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, and is scheduled to commence operations in 2013.
The gas processing plant will have the capability to produce stabilised condensate, purity ethane, specification propane, as well as a butane plus raw-make NGL stream.
The facility will deliver pipeline quality residue gas into Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Co's transmission system at the tailgate of the plant.
Plains All American president and chief operating officer Harry Pefanis said: "The addition of gas processing and fractionation capability at our Ross Complex complements our expanding Bakken area crude oil and NGL operations, strengthening PAA's ability to provide a wide range of services for hydrocarbons produced in the region."
A letter of intent has been signed by PGS with an anchor customer for long-term gas supply for the facility.
The company is also in negotiations with additional potential customers to appropriately size the Ross gas plant.
The Ross Complex includes rail-loading and storage facilities, and it currently has a capacity to trans-load 8,500 barrels per day of NGLs and 20,000 barrels per day of crude oil.
A second phase of the crude oil facility is now under construction to add a total unit train loading capability of up to 65,000 barrels per day by the fourth quarter of 2012.