Bakken Marketlink Project

Montana’s economic and energy future depends largely on the ability to tap the rich stores of oil and natural gas located in the Bakken Shale formation.

However, to fully realize the potential of Bakken Shale energy, we must be able to connect Bakken’s oil fields to the United States oil storage hub near Cushing, Oklahoma and the oil refineries at the gulf coast near Port Arthur, Texas.

The Bakken Marketlink Project was created to coincide with the Keystone XL Pipeline to connect the oil producing regions of North Dakota, Montana and Canada with key U.S. refinery and storage facilities. The Bakken Marketlink project will extend from Baker, Montana to Cushing, Okalahoma and will be connected to Port Arthur, Texas through the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The $140 million Marketlink pipeline is designed to carry 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) and is expected to be in operation by 2014, subject to regulatory clearances. Apart from the pipeline, the project would involve building significant infrastructure, including 3 huge tanks at Baker, Montana with a combined capacity of 600,000 barrels and two tanks at Cushing, Oklahoma with a combined capacity of 500,000 barrels.

In addition to helping ensure greater access to North American-produced energy sources — building this infrastructure will help create immediate jobs in Montana, North Dakota and all along the pipeline.