New gas processing plant planned near Ross

BISMARCK— A plant capable of processing up to 75 million cubic feet of natural gas per day will be developed near Ross, N.D.

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline announced the project Friday. The plant will be operated by the company’s subsidiary, Plains Gas Solutions, and is expected to be completed in spring 2013.

How many jobs the plant will create was not immediately available.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he applauds the development of the plant.

“We are making remarkable progress in the capturing and processing of North Dakota’s natural gas,” Dalrymple said in a statement. “We will continue working with the private sector to further increase the state’s processing capacity.”

Between January and November 2011, North Dakota’s production of natural gas increased 53 percent to a record 521 million cubic feet per day, the governor’s office said in a news release. By the end of this year, the state’s capacity to process natural gas is expected to reach 1.1 billion cubic feet per day.

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