The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 7, 2012

In the middle of it

Past year one of growth for midstream Hiland Co.


ENID — Difficult but fulfilling year

The past year has been one of growth for Hiland.

“2011 for us was a big construction year,” Gipson said.

Last year the company built both a new natural gas plant and a compressor station in North Dakota, as well as a crude oil gathering system.

“The Bakken is a crude oil play,” said Gipson, “and we saw an opportunity to get in that line of business in a more meaningful way.”

2011 proved a difficult year for construction in North Dakota because of a record-setting winter.

“We’re really proud of our operating team,” he said. “2011 was, from a weather standpoint in North Dakota, of historic proportions. There was a record amount of snowfall in the winter and then we rolled into a record amount of flooding in the second quarter. Our guys did a great job of battling through those adverse conditions and getting our new facilities online.”

From his post on the financial side of the Hiland operation, Gipson said he and his team have been kept busy by the company’s expansion.

“We’re right in the middle of our Bakken capital projects,” he said. “We currently have budgeted about $600 million for capital projects that will take us through the end of 2013. We have been busy.”

Going with ‘guns blazing’

In the near term, Hiland plans to continue to expand its natural gas and crude oil gathering systems in North Dakota, Gipson said.

“As the play expands out amongst these 15,000 square miles and the play gets more productive, we’re successful working with other producers to grow our asset base and provide services they need in this new area with little existing infrastructure,” he said.

Beyond the near term, Gipson said, he foresees Hiland not only continuing to expand its Bakken operations but also branching out into other oil and gas plays.

“I would hope that you would see us active in another basin outside our existing territories here in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Montana,” he said. “I think that’s probably a good goal for us, to continue to diversify geographically and keep growing. That’s our mandate.”

Hiland presently operates 13 natural gas gathering systems with approximately 1,704 miles of gas gathering pipelines; five natural gas processing plants; seven natural gas treating facilities; and three facilities that separate, or fractionalize, natural gas liquids into propanes, butanes and natural gasolines. In terms of crude oil, Hiland operates four oil gathering systems with some 338 miles of pipelines, storage for 210,000 barrels of crude and 11 oil truck unloading stations. The majority of Hiland’s assets are located in the North Dakota-Montana Bakken play.

“It’s been guns blazing up there,” said Gipson, “building infrastructure as quickly as we can to accommodate our producers.”

Recently, Hamm called the Bakken “the largest field ever found in America,” saying it is bigger than the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska. In January, according to the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the state’s portion of the Bakken play produced 546,047 barrels of oil and 571,539 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. And Hiland is right in the middle of it.

“We’re blessed to be in up there and providing midstream services to producers up there,” said Gipson.

Safety is at the top of Hiland’s list of core values.

“That is the biggest emphasis here at Hiland, operating in a safe and efficient manner,” said Gipson, “and keeping our employees safe. It’s not a line around here, it’s the real deal.”

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


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  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

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  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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