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Up in smoke: details behind gas flaring in the Bakken

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04 March 2014

Up in smoke: details behind gas flaring in the Bakken

Report summary

Gas flaring in the Bakken has risen in prominence from a niche issue to one that will have regional gas and Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) market implications. Currently 350 mmcfd of natural gas is flared in North Dakota, accounting for 30% of regional production volumes. This rapid growth in gas supply will have regional gas market implications, particularly for Midwestern and Eastern Canadian gas markets coping with growing volumes from the Marcellus and Utica.

Table of contents

    • Lack of infrastructure limits take-away capacity, but production still grows strongly
      • An assessment of historic flaring levels
        • Bakken flaring by vintage
        • Lost revenues to become a larger issue in 2014
      • Flaring remain concentrated in heavy development areas
        • Map of Bakken flaring levels
        • Expectations for Bakken gas production
          • Bakken production forecast
      • Other key issues that could impact regional flaring levels:
    • Regional flow implications from increased Bakken production

Tables and charts

This report includes 5 images and tables including:

  • Disposition of North Dakota gas production by census region, 2010-2020
  • Map of major Mid-Western gas pipelines
  • Up in smoke: details behind gas flaring in the Bakken: Image 1
  • Up in smoke: details behind gas flaring in the Bakken: Image 2
  • Up in smoke: details behind gas flaring in the Bakken: Image 3

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