The Williston Basin is an important area for long-term volume growth for both NGLs and natural gas on our system. This NGL-rich basin continues to outperform in a tough environment, proving its resiliency and the decades-long production life ahead of it.
Our strong asset position in the highly productive core of the basin allowed us to successfully increase our average natural gas volumes gathered and processed in 2016 compared with 2015.
With the completion of our Bear Creek plant in August 2016, our total natural gas processing capacity in the Williston Basin is nearly 1 Bcf/d, underscoring our position as the largest independent operator of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the region.
We currently have more than 200 MMcf/d of available natural gas processing capacity across our Williston Basin system, so we are well-prepared to capture 2017 volumes as drilling activities are expected to increase and drilled but uncompleted wells are brought online on our more than 3 million acres of dedication.
In addition to our natural gas gathering and processing operations, we are the sole NGL takeaway provider from the region via our Bakken NGL Pipeline, which delivers product south to Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast markets.
We also provide long-haul, primarily fee-based natural gas transportation services, delivering natural gas east to markets near Chicago.