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Wed November 20, 2013

Oneok Plans New North Dakota Natural Gas Factory

ONEOK Headquarters in downtown Tulsa
ONEOK Headquarters in downtown Tulsa
Credit KWGS News File Photo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An Oklahoma energy company says it plans to build a factory in western North Dakota capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Tulsa-based Oneok (ONE'-oak) Inc. and Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced the more than $650 million project on Tuesday.

Oneok already operates four natural gas processing factories in North Dakota, and has two more already under construction. The seventh, called the Lonesome Creek plant, will be located near Watford City.

North Dakota's booming oil production has led to an increase in the state's output of natural gas. About a third of the state's natural gas is burned off in a process called flaring and wasted due to lack of infrastructure.

Dalrymple and Oneok officials say the new plant will help curb flaring in the state.