Montana-Dakota Utilities providing natural gas service to Doosan Bobcat facility in Gwinner; service to be extended to residential and business customers in Gwinner and Milnor
BISMARCK, N.D. – Feb. 5, 2019 – A project that brought long-awaited natural gas service to Doosan Bobcat North America’s 700,000-square-foot equipment manufacturing facility in Gwinner, North Dakota, is now extending the same benefits of low-cost natural gas to other customers in Gwinner and nearby Milnor.
The 12-inch, 21-mile pipeline that tapped into the Alliance Pipeline northeast of Milnor and ran southwest to Gwinner has been serving natural gas to the Doosan Bobcat facility since September 2018. That same pipeline will begin serving other commercial and residential customers in Gwinner and Milnor this fall.
“We were excited to finally put together a project to serve the Doosan Bobcat facility and it’s rewarding to see that come to fruition,” said Montana-Dakota Utilities President and CEO Nicole Kivisto. “We also knew this was an opportunity to serve other customers. It’s just as exciting to see that side of the equation come to fruition, too.”
Doosan Bobcat signed a 15-year agreement to take natural gas service from the pipeline.
“In our effort to bring natural gas to our Gwinner facility, it was always one of our goals to make sure the surrounding community had access to this reliable, cost effective source of energy,” said Stacey Breuer, director of corporate communication and public affairs at Doosan Bobcat North America. “We’re pleased to see others in the community will now benefit from this new pipeline.”
Construction on extending natural gas service to residential and business customers in Gwinner and Milnor will begin this spring. It’s expected customers will start taking service this fall. The project was able to move forward when both communities offered to help residents pay for a portion of the cost to hook up to natural gas service.
“I am pleased to see that the residents and business owners in Gwinner recognized the benefits to bringing natural gas to town, said Gwinner Mayor Dan McKeever. “I look forward to the opportunities that this will present and the long-term growth of our community.”
“I’m very excited that MDU will be bringing natural gas service to Milnor,” said Milnor Mayor Terry Dusek. “It will be another service we will be able to provide homeowners and businesses. With natural gas, Milnor will continue to grow into the future.”
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