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Expansion Projects / Northern Lights 2023

Date Requested: May 31 2023 6:19 PM

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Project Overview

The Northern Lights 2023 Expansion Project will allow Northern to accommodate requests from its customers for firm natural gas transportation capacity along Northern's existing pipeline system. To meet these requests, Northern is proposing to construct and operate the pipeline facilities described below.​

Pipeline Description County State
2.79-mile extension of the 36-inch-diameter Ventura North E-line Freeborn MN
1.07-mile 30-inch-diameter Elk River 3rd branch line loop Washington MN
1.14-mile extension of the 24-inch-diameter Willmar D branch line Scott MN
2.48-mile extension of the 8-inch-diameter Princeton tie-over loop Sherburne MN
2.01-mile 4-inch-diameter Paynesville 2nd branch line loop Stearns MN
0.34-mile extension of the 8-inch-diameter Tomah branch line loop Monroe WI


Northern conducted three open houses March 9 and 10, 2022, as detailed in the following table. Invitations to the open houses were mailed to landowners and other stakeholders. Notices also were published in the local newspapers providing details on the open houses.

Day Date Place Time
Wednesday March 9 Twin Lakes City Hall
101 West Main Street
Twin Lakes, MN 56089
2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 9 Twin Lakes City Hall
101 West Main Street
Twin Lakes, MN 56089
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday March 10 Princeton Area Library
100 Forth Ave South
Princeton, MN 55371
5:30 to 7 p.m.

On March 28, 2022, Northern filed its section 7 application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting project approval. Northern is anticipating that approval for the project, subject to Commission review, will occur in February 2023. The facilities are scheduled to be placed into service November 1, 2023.


  • Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Northern at 1-888-367-6671, which is operated 24 hours a day seven days a week. If you call, please tell the operator that you are calling about the Northern Lights 2023 Expansion project.
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