New $4 billion PE plant to be built in North Dakota


Badlands NGL plans to build a $4 billion polyethylene (PE) manufacturing facility in North Dakota, which will be the largest private sector investment made in state history.

The manufacturing facility will use North Dakota's abundant supply of natural gas liquid sourced ethane gas coming out of the Williston Basin as a byproduct of oil production.

The Badlands facility will convert the ethane to polyethylene and the facility will be able to produce 1.5 million metric tons of polyethylene, or 3.3 billion pounds annually, and employ in excess of 500 people in manufacturing, marketing, administrative, safety, financial and executive positions. The project will take at least three years for full development.

"Badlands is proud to bring this manufacturing facility to North Dakota," said Badlands NGL's chairman and CEO William Jeffrey Gilliam. "We are committed to maximizing the value of Bakken ethane for producers, their midstream partners and all gas processors. This facility is the solution needed to add value to North Dakota's ethane supply and make it a commercially marketable product. In doing so, there will actually be a market advantage for North Dakota polyethylene products. "
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