No crude left behind

Pipeline, rail, barge… any way out! Prior to the shale and tight oil boom in the U.S. and significant expansion of oilsands in Canada, the U.S. and Canadian system for delivering crude oil to market was stable and relatively predictable. In general, the U.S. and Canadian crude oil pipeline networks were originally designed for taking crude oil…

The trials and tribulations of the Bakken restaurant biz

By Rebecca Colnar Looking for a steak in Williston, a burrito in Sidney or a pizza in Culberston? It might take awhile to satisfy that hunger is the word on the street. Not only is there a shortage of housing but there is a real shortage of restaurants to fill the hungry tummies of the oilfield…

Safeguarding oil security

By Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Energy security has been the primary mission of the International Energy Agency (“the Agency”) since its founding in 1974, following a major oil crisis. Indeed, the Agency was created to provide a framework in which IEA countries could defend their…

Bakken in the backyard: MDU Resources Group family of companies all busy in the Bakken

For more than 90 years, the group of companies that comprise MDU Resources Group have been busy in the Bakken. “We are built for the Bakken; it’s in our backyard,” says Bill Schneider, executive vice-president of the corporation’s Bakken development. “Even though we are spread out over most of the…

Tap into the future

Dakota Gasification Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, is a global leader in carbon capture. Its Great Plains Synfuels Plant has been collecting carbon dioxide from its Rectisol unit since 2000. Dakota Gas has successfully collected and transported over 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide for…

Growing midstream: more ‘liquids-based in the midstream space’

Many years ago, MDU Resources Group called itself a “multidimensional natural resource company.” The description was more than fitting since the Bismarck-based corporation had a utility division that offered electric generation and distribution along with natural gas distribution. The company also operated an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline and storage…