Air Liquide starts up nitrogen plant for North Dakota drillers

HOUSTON — Air Liquide has started up a nitrogen plant in North Dakota to supply oil-field operations there, the company said Wednesday.

The plant is located in Tioga, North Dakota, near the Bakken Shale, where production has soared from about 90,000 barrels of oil per day in 2005 to more than 973,000 barrels per day in November.

Paris-based Air Liquide supplies nitrogen and carbon dioxide to drilling operations to help boost oil and gas recovery, according to the company.

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The use of gases like nitrogen and carbon dioxide can reduce the amount of water used in oil and gas production by up to 50 percent, the company said.

“We continue to position ourselves to better support this growing oil and gas region,” Wayne Bohannon, president of Air Liquide’s industrial division in the United States, said in a statement. “The growing demand for nitrogen in this region coupled with the booming oilfield services activity there and in other regions of the US, aligns well with our offers and capabilities and our growth and expansion plans to serve this industry.”