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Natural gas production in the Bakken region grew in 2021

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Natural gas production

Firstly, U.S. Energy Information Administration, reported that the annual natural gas production in North Dakota’s Bakken region increased by 9% in 2021. 

Secondly, the production reached an annual high of 2.97 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). It surpassed the previous high of 2.95 Bcf/d set in 2019; and reversed an 8% decline in 2020.

On the other hand, the Bakken region’s average annual crude oil production peaked at 1.45 million barrels per day in 2019; and then declined by 17% in 2020 and by 6% in 2021. 

North Dakota targets

North Dakota state regulators and operators reduced natural gas flaring at the wellhead that accompanied its production. 

Also, the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) raised natural gas capture targets; or the percentage of gas captured at the wellhead rather than flared, from 74% in October 2014 to 91% in the beginning of November 2020. 

In addition, as of December 2021, North Dakota’s natural gas flaring rate averaged 7.5%; that means that 92.5% of the gas was captured.

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Moreover, to meet the capture targets, midstream companies operating in North Dakota expanded natural gas processing capacity from 1.0 Bcf/d in 2013 to 4.0 Bcf/d in 2021, according to the NDIC. 

Additionally, the NDIC expects processing capacity to increase to 4.2 Bcf/d in 2023 because more pipeline takeaway capacity has been added. 

In February 2022, WBI Energy placed into service the 100-mile North Bakken Expansion pipeline. It can transport 0.25 Bcf/d of natural gas from production centers in Tioga, North Dakota, to demand centers in McKenzie County, North Dakota.

About the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Principally, the EIA is the statistical agency of the Department of Energy.  It provides policy-independent data, forecasts; and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets; and public understanding regarding energy, and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

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