The Center of Energy
Center could be a focal point for transporting natural resources out of the state, officials said last week.
Minnesota-based ALLETE announced its vision for a comprehensive energy corridor to move natural gas, petroleum, water, waste water, wind energy and carbon across the state. The 465-mile path would run from Center to Duluth, Minn.
“We see the ALLETE Energy Corridor as a comprehensive infrastructure solution in North Dakota that could serve many products and producers across the region,” said Alan Hodnik, the energy company’s president, chairman and CEO. “ALLETE has been invested in North Dakota for decades. We are confident that our rich history of partnering with others can help forge creative solutions to today’s new challenges facing energy markets in the Upper Midwest.”
While North Dakota’s oil boom has increased production it has also brought infrastructure needs. Natural gas from drilling must either be transported by underground pipelines or flared. North Dakota flares about 30 percent of the mined natural gas, wasting about $3.6 million in natural resources, according to the State Department of Mineral Resources in Bismarck.
“The ALLETE Energy Corridor is a breakthrough opportunity to significantly reduce the flaring of natural gas and increase our take-away capacity for all of our energy resources,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a release. “This integrated corridor would expand the market opportunities for North Dakota energy and reduce the impacts on landowners by consolidating energy transmission.”
ALLETE, the parent company of Minnesota Power, plans to extend the right of way 60 miles to western North Dakota. The corridor could accommodate several pipelines capable of transporting natural gas, waste water and carbon sequestered from fossil fuels.