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Associated Press , Published July 16 2013

State Dept. approves ND to Alberta gas pipeline

BISMARCK — Sen. John Hoeven says the U.S. State Department has approved construction of the North Dakota portion of a natural gas pipeline from Tioga into the Canadian province of Alberta.

Nova Chemicals Corp. of Calgary wants to build the 430-mile line from Hess Corp.'s natural gas processing plant in western North Dakota to the town of Empress, Alberta.

The North Dakota portion of the pipeline is about 80 miles long.

The Vantage Pipeline will supply ethane for Alberta's petrochemical industry. Ethane is a component of natural gas. It's used to make plastics and speed up the ripening of fruits.

The pipeline is estimated to cost $300 million and will be capable of carrying 40,000 to 60,000 barrels of ethane daily.

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