The state already is No. 2 in the nation for oil production. A new report says natural gas output is expected to grow dramatically.
A projected massive increase in North Dakota's natural gas output by 2025 opens the door for an array of gas-related businesses to that state, a top state official says.
The report by Bentek Energy, released Wednesday, said the Williston Basin's production of natural gas is expected to grow nearly sixfold, to 3.1 billion cubic feet per day, by 2025.
That would exceed by 50 percent all the natural gas used in Minnesota on a January day, according to a CenterPoint Energy analysis of federal energy data.
The Bentek study estimated that oil production would grow to more than 2 million barrels of oil per day by 2025.
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