Friday, May 10, 2013

New Fertilizer Plant to be Located Near Grand Forks

Officials with Northern Plains Nitrogen have announced that they plan to build a $1.5 billion nitrogen plant near Grand Forks. The plant would use natural gas from the Williston Basin to make approximately 2,200 tons of fertilizer per day. Primary markets for the product would be in the north-central United States and in the southern part of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. 

The anticipated start of construction is the spring of 2015, with completion expected in the spring of 2017. The plant will employ a peak construction  workforce of approximately 2,000 workers and will provide approximately 135 full time employees in operations, maintenance, engineering, administration, and marketing when operational.  

feasibility study for the plant was completed in July 2012 by a steering committee of corn growers and fertilizer industry consultants looking at building the facility in North Dakota, South Dakota or Minnesota.

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