Monday, November 18, 2013

Grand Forks Fertilizer Plant Update

An agreement reportedly has been signed to build a fertilizer plant near Grand Forks. The two companies in the venture, Grand Forks-based Northern Plains Nitrogen and China-based Cheng Da, expect the project to be completed by 2017 and say it will use Bakken natural gas as the feedstock for a 2,200 ton per day ammonia plant, plus urea and Urea-Ammonium-Nitrate production. More

Meanwhile, plans for a similar plant to be located at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Stutsman County continue to move ahead. CHS, Inc., the project developer, applied for the plant's air permits in August.  In addition, it was reported last week that the company is in discussions with township officials regarding the fee for the plant's building permit. A start date for construction on the $1.5 billion facility has not been announced, although the air quality permits reportedly could take up to a year for state and federal agencies to process. 

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