A study of the electricity needs in the oil/natural gas patch was funded Monday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission for upcoming work to be overseen by the state's power transmission authority. Separately, the commission also authorized paying for another study of future natural gas growth in the state.
Chaired by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, the three-member Industrial Commission also approved spending $120,000 to have Evergreen, CO-based consultant Bentek Energy LLC analyze North Dakota's future gas production and make suggestions on needed expansions or upgrades to the existing pipeline network.
The gas study by Bentek is slated to be completed by mid-July. The state is hoping to get a sense of how much production can be expected from each new gas well and how quickly that production will tail off.
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