TransCanada Corp. on Monday launched a binding open season to obtain firm commitments from interested parties for the Bakken Marketlink Project, which would provide crude oil transportation service from Baker, Montana to Cushing, Oklahoma and to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The proposed Bakken Marketlink Project would provide the first direct link between the prolific Bakken crude oil producing region in the Williston Basin and key U.S. markets near Cushing, Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast, the largest refining market in North America. The project would provide Bakken producers with an alternative and competitive market access solution, using pipeline facilities that form part of TransCanada's proposed Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project. The Open Season follows a successful expression of interest phase, which was conducted earlier in 2010, and subsequent discussions with prospective shippers in the Bakken producing region.
The proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system's proximity to the key Bakken crude oil producing regions within the Williston Basin uniquely positions TransCanada to provide an effective market access alternative for Bakken production. Significant increases in Bakken crude oil production in recent years have resulted in production exceeding available exit pipeline capacity from the region. The Bakken Marketlink Project is expected to help relieve exit pipeline capacity constraints and support expected growth from this key U.S producing region.
Following the completion of a successful Open Season, TransCanada intends to proceed with the necessary regulatory applications for approvals to construct and operate the required facilities which are estimated to cost approximately US$140 million. The Bakken Marketlink Project is expected to commence providing service in the first quarter of 2013.
During the open season period, which expires at noon (Mountain Time) November 10, 2010, interested parties may submit binding bids for transportation capacity of crude oil from Baker, Montana to Cushing, Oklahoma or Nederland, Texas. Parties are invited to contact David Diakow at 403.920.6019 or Ed Scheibelhut at 403.920.2746 for more information. Visit www.transcanada.com/Bakken for more information about the project and open season.
TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada's network of wholly owned natural gas pipelines extends more than 60,000 kilometers (37,000 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, over 11,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems.